The Mind Brain and Behavior Institute is roughly 450,000sf above and below grade. The building contains a small number of offices and classrooms, but the majority of the space is comprised of laboratories (wet/ dry), MRI rooms, and a vivarium. Chilled water, medium pressure steam, hot water, normal and emergency electrical distribution were supplied from a separate central energy plant.
The university requires all projects to be commissioned by a third party agent to ensure the completed product meets design parameters and operates as designed. The project was a LEED design and the agent was required to follow all processes and documentation to ensure compliance with LEED requirements. The CxA was also required to ensure that the vivarium and associated laboratory spaces met AAALAC requirements for accreditation.'
Commissioned systems included:
Critical HVAC systems, laboratory exhaust, fume hoods, energy recovery systems, motorized shade system, building management system, chilled water, low and medium pressure steam, condensate, compressed air, domestic hot and cold water, electrical service and distribution, life safety systems, instrument air, process chilled water, tempered water, RO water system & pretreatment, reagent water, clean steam, process steam, vacuum, acid waste, laboratory waste, and water treatment system.
- Performed design review and commissioned the facility, as owner’s representative, to ensure owner’s requirements were met while adhering to LEED and AAALAC guidelines
- Organized the program so all stakeholders were in tune with the facility requirements and the needs of the commissioning effort
- During the design review and commissioning processes,
- we conducted meetings, provided detailed design feedback, executed extensive commissioning documents and developed dashboard-type issue reporting tools
- Result was an effective design review, a comprehensive commissioning program, minimization of construction issues, and faster, all-inclusive system testing and turnover