Dutchess Community College – Materials Lab

Scope of Project:
Provide HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical system design to transform two existing classrooms into the new Materials Lab for the engineering department.  Installation included new HVAC equipment, lighting, specialty lab equipment for material testing and prototyping and power upgrades. Additionally, there was a small scope of flooring installation and repainting of the spaces that were taken on by our engineering team.

 Summary:
The HVAC component of the project was easily achieved with the installation of cassette mini-split systems, the implementation of the new lab equipment proposed the most interesting requirements. Unique systems included fume control for benchtop furnaces & 3D printers, plumbing for quench testing, scopes of installation for impact and tensile testing equipment as well as a room wide compressed air system with benchtop quick connects.
Electrically, the rooms were both equipped with new LED recessed lighting fixtures and a new panel-board to serve the new loads within the rooms. The power installation followed the selection of the unique testing equipment for this lab including the installation of power poles to facilitate power usage at owner provided lab tables.

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SUNY Binghamton – Lecture Hall Student Wing Renovations

Scope of Project:
SUNY Binghamton undertook the complete renovation of the student wing of their Lecture Hall building. The building had only had minor renovations since its original construction.

Summary:
Engineering services included HVAC, Electrical and Fire Protection (sprinkler) systems design. The new heating system included individually controlled fin tube radiation in each room and other hydronic terminal units throughout the building. The existing campus high temperature hot water system was used as the primary heat source and was converted to standard temperature hydronic heating temperatures through heat exchangers. The air conditioning was originally provided by an absorption chiller powered by the campus high temperature hot water system. This chiller was replaced by a pair of 200-ton conventional chillers. These chillers provide cooling for the renovated student wing as well as the lecture hall. New air handling units were provided for the basement, first and second floors of the student wing. These new units were fed from the lecture hall’s chilled and hot water systems. The old pneumatic controls system was replaced with the colleges standard digital control system. A 15KV – 480V substation was replaced in the basement to re-power the entire building.

All new electrical distribution was run throughout the building. New data closets were provided with split-type cooling systems to provide year round temperature control. New telecom wiring was designed for all classrooms, offices and other support spaces. All new LED lighting was designed throughout the student wing. Lighting included occupancy and daylight controls. A new emergency generator with associated load bank was designed to support the life-safety systems and other select portions of the building. A fully addressable fire alarm system was designed.  The existing automatic sprinkler system was replaced on all floors of the student wing with a new NFPA 13 compliant system.

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SUNY New Paltz – Crispell Hall and LeFevre Hall Renovations

Scope of Project:
The first two dormitories in a quad of 5 similar buildings have been renovated to date.  Crispell Hall was completed in 2011 and LeFevre Hall was completed in 2014.  A third dormitory (Bevier Hall) is currently under design for construction in 2016.  All projects have a similar scope of work which completely guts the interior of the 1960’s era buildings and re-configures the spaces from double-loaded corridor type layout to suite style rooms with common lounges and more private toilet rooms. 

 Summary:
The original construction resulted in extremely tight floor to floor heights of 8 feet or less in places and mechanical and electrical coordination was critically important to produce quality construction documents. The renovation completely transformed the tired double-loaded double room layout to suite concept living units totally 200 beds with lounges and suite toilet rooms.  The entire mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems were replaced and the building was provided with a new fire protection system.  These buildings were certified as LEED Gold.

Engineering services included HVAC, Electrical and Fire Protection (sprinkler) systems design.The new heating system included individually controlled fin tube radiation in each bedroom and other hydronic terminal units throughout the building. The existing campus high temperature hot water system was used as the primary heat source and was converted in the basement to standard temperature hydronic heating temperatures. Air conditioning was provided in the Resident Advisor apartment. A new ventilation system included both supply make-up air and new exhaust system utilizing energy recovery air handling units. A resident laundry utilized variable flow exhaust and make-up air systems to minimize energy usage.

All new electrical distribution was run throughout the building.  All new energy efficient lighting was designed throughout the building. Data was be provided in each bedroom as well as through a building-wide wireless system.  Door access control was provided throughout building utilizing campus standard for integration to existing proximity card system.  Also, a fully addressable fire alarm system was designed. 

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SUNY New Paltz – New Dormitory

Scope of Project:
This project is currently in design and will provide a new 200 bed dormitory on the SUNY New Paltz campus.  The building will be LEED certified and is currently tracking to a Silver level with a possibility for Gold.  The facility will be approximately 63,000 square feet in size with three primary occupant levels along with a partial basement for building services and infrastructure.  The building will include a pitched metal roof with space for interior energy recovery air handling units.

Summary:
Engineering services includes HVAC and Electrical systems design.  The new HVAC systems include full air conditioning and are provided by a two-pipe change-over fan coil system.  Air conditioning will be provided by chilled water created with a split system chiller with the evaporator located in the basement and the condensing units will be located on a flat roof. All ventilation will be provided by energy recovery air handling units.  We will also include as the primary heating source high temperature hot water distribution piping.

High voltage electrical service will include an interior primary voltage to 208 and a 3 phase transformer. Data will be provided in each bedroom as well as through a building-wide wireless system.  Door access control will be provided throughout building utilizing campus standard for integration to existing proximity card system. The new parking lot lighting will be using LED light fixtures. Also, a fully addressable fire alarm system was designed and was connected to the campus loop system. 

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St. Rose – Massry Center for Music

Scope of Project:
The Massry Center for Music and Arts was a new facility designed for the College of St Rose in Albany, NY. This 40,000 square foot, $12 Million dollar building houses numerous music department program areas and includes a 400-seat Recital Hall and Art Gallery. The College was committed to making the building a showcase of sustainable architecture and engineering which resulted in a LEED ™ Gold rating.
The building is three floors in height and includes a full basement area. Program areas included individual student practice rooms, general purpose classrooms, specialty music and piano teaching studios, faculty offices, lounges and public areas that double as both circulation spaces as well as exhibit areas for student and professional artwork.

Summary:
Large rehearsal studios were included for full band and choral groups. A 400-seat Recital Hall was designed for performances of both instruments and vocal groups. The acoustics in this space were designed for both separation of this space from the rehearsal spaces directly above and for superior acoustics within the space itself for a variety of different performance group types and sizes.

The mechanical systems installed in the building include a geothermal water source heat pump system utilizing a ground coupled, closed loop heat exchanger. The heat pumps use non-HFC refrigerants with preconditioned outside air delivered by energy recovery ventilation units. Through the use of energy modeling, FFA was able to determine that the proposed system would be up to 40% more efficient than a conventional HVAC system.

Electrical design included all power and lighting within the building. Special lighting systems included highly flexible and variable lighting systems for both the Recital Hall and the Art Gallery. The design maximized the use of natural light to almost every space in the building while utilizing a sophisticated lighting control system for both scheduled lighting control as well as daylight harvesting to minimize energy usage.

Plumbing design included low flow faucets, electronic sensors, waterless urinals and dual flush water closets for maximum water conservation. Additionally, the building was completely protection by a NFPA 13 compliant wet pipe sprinkler system.

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