Recent Lab and Health Care Projects:
Material Testing Lab: Highly specialized lab for Honeywell Process Solutions, performs material and corrosion testing primarily for the petroleum and gas drilling and exploration industry. This new 30,000 square foot facility encompasses numerous laboratories and testing equipment utilizing extremely hazardous, explosive, flammable, and toxic chemicals and gasses. The facilities exhaust system utilizes a central hydrogen sulfide scrubber that can eliminate most other chemicals as well from the air stream. A dedicated perchloric acid hood with a wash down system is also included. The facility also includes 50 high pressure and temperature testing vessel stations requiring various utilities, projectile protection, air monitoring and emergency exhaust purge.
Institute of Molecular Medicine Renovation: 9th floor renovation adding new plumbing, chemical fume hoods, laboratory controls and associated electrical work. The project also included adding utilities to support incubators and bio-safety cabinets. The work was performed at the Denton A. Cooley building (Texas Heart Institute) for St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital,
The Texas Medical Center The Methodist Hospital Research Institute: completed designing phase 1 (of 2) of a 22,400 square foot large animal operating rooms (OR). There will be six (6) ORs where physician will be practicing operations using the Da Vinci robots utilizing large animals. The project will also include a satellite vivarium to house swine and 17 several Tele-surgery workstations. Also included is a Necropsy area with carcass walk-in freezers and coolers. The satellite vivarium will be approximately 8,400 square feet in area. Design of phase two to begin in 07.
Shell Chemical Production Laboratories: Three chemical production laboratories are currently in designed to monitor the production of solvents, phenol, olefins, and other petroleum products. Measurements of the product are performed utilizing gas chromatography with Ultra High purity gasses (gas purity level 6). Each lab is 15,000 sqft or less and has approximately 30 fume hoods driving the need to provide unusually high supply and exhaust to and from the laboratories (4.4 cfm/sqft).
Hospital & Clinic Facility Evaluation: Three (3) hospitals and ten (10) clinics for the Harris County Hospital District were inspected and a comprehensive report for each facility was generated. The total number of beds for the three (3) hospitals was 943. Thirteen (13) reports were generated in all. The reports addressed the building mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems in an effort to identify the condition of the existing equipment as well as deficiencies that exist in the building systems. The purpose of this analysis was to observe existing conditions, and to investigate operational and code related deficiencies for the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems. Information in the reports was taken from visual observations and discussions with the Facility Engineering Departments.
Central Chiller Plant expansion, Aurora Colorado: An existing 6,400 ton chiller plant was expanded by adding 8,800 tons of cooling chilled water. This was project was performed for The University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center. The project included adding four 2,200 ton centrifugal chillers, chilled water pumps, condenser water pumps, cooling towers, refrigerant monitoring system, chemical treatment, and emergency exhaust system. The project also included the engineering for an additional future 6,000 tons making the total chiller capacity 21,200 tons.
Oil and exploration industry Research Laboratory building Cambridge, MA: Project scope was a 200,000 sqft tenant laboratory fit out for Schlumberger Doll Research. The programming included 24 user groups and 58 different labs that provide research and services for the oil and exploration industry. An extensive Geology department included mineralogy labs, rock sampling and crushing labs, microscopy, and NMR lab. In addition to Geology the laboratory facility houses chemical labs with fume hoods, MRIs, Xray, clean rooms (class 100,000; 10,000; 1,000 and 100), material and instrument testing labs; as well as, acoustics, laser, and optics lab. The labs will be a variable air volume (VAV) system and the offices will invoke a new chilled beam technology that reduced the total supply air by over 50,000 CFM. Some chemical used by the client will be used requiring separate independent hoods such as perchloric acid and hydrogen sulfide. The remaining exhaust will utilize a headered lab and fume hood exhaust system totaling 190,000 CFM using laboratory high plume dilution exhaust fans. Twelve of the labs incorporated air monitoring systems that would summon an emergency exhaust and supply air system to purge and dilute the air in the event that the air was measured to be unsafe. Two kitchen exhaust fans were provided for the kitchen hoods. The design also incorporates a library, auditorium, cafeteria, kitchen, exercise, yoga room, and locker rooms.
University of MassachusettsLaboratory and Hospital Projects:
UMass Boston Chiller Replacement Project: The scope of this project was to demolish three existing liquid chillers, install three new liquid chillers totaling 6000 tons of cooling. It also included installing new chilled water pumps, piping header, and refrigerant emergency exhaust system with refrigerant monitoring system. The chiller plant was completely automated with a chilled water optimization control system that enables and disables the chillers, valve actuators, chiller pumps, condenser water pumps, and the sea water pump house. Also included was a 10 “chilled water equalization line that connects the campus north and south cooling loops and refurbishing of the sea water pumps house systems.
Jamaica Plains Biological Lab Clean Room HVAC Project: Clean room serves several GMP production laboratories manufacturing tetanus and all childhood vaccines. This project involves the installation of a new 13,500 CFM, custom air handler penthouse unit exhaust fans, pumps, piping and associated DDC controls. The air handler penthouse unit has an integral 100 ton air cooled liquid chiller, pumps VFD’s steam pressure reducing stations, heat exchanger, HEPA filters, and energy recovery system. The clean room requirements is a class 100,000 with some areas requiring to be a class 10,000 utilizing terminal HEPA units. The system was validated and FDA approved.
Ultra High purity clean steam generator and Process piping project: FDA approved design over 1000 feet of distribution piping up to 4 inches in diameter serving autoclaves, fermenters, process tanks, Steam in place (SIP), and other various pharmaceutical processes. This process piping is used for the manufacturing of all child hood vaccines, tetanus, and monoclonal antibodies at the Massachusetts Biological Laboratories which is a GMP FDA approved facility and the systems were validated. Project consists of 3500 pounds per hour clean steam generator that utilizing WFI quality water.
Animal MRI magnet building: Provided design documents and construction administration including commissioning of a magnet building housing a 4.7 tesla animal MRI performing images on rhesus monkeys. The 3500 sqft facility was designed as a bio level 3 and included animal operating room, holding rooms and vivarium for the rhesus monkeys. The exhaust system included bag in bag out HEPA filters to ensure the bio-level.
Animal NMR Lab for Neuro-psychiatric research: Provided construction documents for HVAC, and plumbing to support a 9.4 tesla Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) specimen imaging equipment. Equipment required supplemental cooling and non ferrous ductwork, -100 dewpoint compressed air, and oxygen depletion monitor which enabled an emergency exhaust fan. Vivarium Renovation For Ventilation Cages: Research Director from NIH required the entire animal quarters be outfitted with HEPA Filtered ventilated cages. Custom thimble connectors to the cages were designed and the system designed and rebalanced for the proper air changes. A new animal watering system utilizing RO water was designed and installed.
Zamora and Gilmore labs: Complete gut and renovation of existing labs with new HVAC plumbing and fire protection. These state of the art labs featured VAV HVAC system supply and exhaust air tracking system. Laboratory type air valves controlled and tracked the supply hot and cold deck, general room and fume hood exhaust. Lab fume hoods air valves are controlled by sash position. Plumbing systems included RODI, vacuum, natural gas, compressed air, emergency eye wash and shower system.
Aquatics Marine Biology Laboratory: Provided HVAC, plumbing and fire protection construction documents for a laboratory consisting of tanks with over 5,000 gallons housing marine animals. HVAC systems were designed to address high humidity and cooling loads associated with large quantities of warm water and equipment load. Plumbing systems were designed to handle the unique filtration system , process piping , and equipment utilities sustain marine life.
Neuroligical Research Institute: Reviewed design documents for HVAC, plumbing and fire protection, and provided modifications for tenant fit out including a 20,000 sqft vivarium. The building is an 80,000 sqft research facility. Provided design documents and construction administration to alter several areas to address specific researcher’s needs and requirements.
Aaron Lazar Research Building: A 360,000 sqft research and life sciences facility with a 36,000 sqft vivarium. Established design criteria and approved design documents for HVAC, plumbing and fire protection. Assisted in commissioning and provided engineering support and construction administration.
Animal Quarter and Substation HVAC unit installation: Two new air handlers were provided totaling 50,000 CFM. One unit serves an entire wing of animal vivarium and operating rooms. This unit is provided with all the features required for AAALAC certification. The other unit is a heating and ventilation unit that serves mechanical and electrical substations 5th Floor laboratory exhaust fan Project: This project was performed to convert office areas utilizing return duct air system to 100% exhausted system.
Eunice Shriver Kennedy Center HVAC Renovation and unit replacement: This project consisted replacing all air handling units in the building, laboratory exhaust fans, replacement of the majority of the steam and chilled water components, and reconfiguring the steam, hot water, and chilled water systems. Two new laboratory makeup air handlers totaling 30,000 CFM were provided, a new 6,000 CFM unit serving the vivarium was provided with 50% redundancy on emergency power, and 5 laboratory exhausts venture high plume dilution lab fans exhausting general air and fume hoods was also provided.
Jamaica Plains Biological Lab Clean Room HVAC Project: Renovation of a space to manufacture monoclonal antibodies within an FDA approved manufacturing laboratory. This project involves the installation of a new 4,000 CFM, custom air handler, and exhaust fan, piping and associated DDC controls. The system is a 20 ton air cooled split system. The clean room requirements are a class 10,000 was validated and approved by the FDA.
Tissue Engineering laboratory suite: Renovated an existing laboratory to modify mechanical systems to meet occupants specific needs. The laboratory was upgraded to an active fume hood control and supply air tracking system. Underground Steam Condensate Project: Over 1200 feet of underground steam condensate piping was installed utilizing pre-engineered piping system. The project also consisted replacing all power plant boiler pressure relief valves that served the Worcester State Hospital. BSL-3 Ready animal Suite: Designed an animal suite to BSL-3 standards for future certification when a program warranted a science that required this biological level.
Pharmacology NMR Lab: Provided HVAC, and plumbing to support a 12.5 tesla Nuclear Magnetic Resonance specimen imaging equipment. Equipment required supplemental cooling and non ferrous ductwork, -100 dewpoint compressed air, and oxygen depletion monitor which enabled an emergency exhaust fan. Confocal electron Microscope: provided spot cooling and exhaust for this highly specialized microscope.
Biotech1 first floor Office suite: This project consisted of over 13,000 sqft of office space completely gutted. Provided design documents for HVAC plumbing and fire protection. The HVAC system consisted of fan powered terminal boxes and radiant hydronic heating. Terminal boxes are supplied by a refurbished air handling unit. All new DDC controls were installed.
Rose Gordon Research Laboratory: This existing 24,000 sqft building was totally gutted and renovated with completely new HVAC, plumbing and fire protection systems. HVAC systems included hot water boilers, lab make up air handlers, office air handlers , vivarium air handler with 50% redundancy connected to emergency power, air cooled liquid chillers, hot and chilled water pumps, all controlled by a DDC energy management controls system. The laboratory exhaust system featured venture high plume dilution lab fans exhausting general air and fume hoods. Fume hoods featured air valves controlled by sash position. Plumbing system systems featured acid waste and vents, acid waste neutralization system, vacuum pump system, RODI system, emergency eye wash and shower system. Laboratory gases included natural gas, compressed air, vacuum, and carbon dioxide. Also performed full sprinkler design, hydraulic calculations, and hydrant flow testing.
Clean Room Projects: Experience in engineering and design several Class 100, 1,000, and 100,000 type clean rooms. As project engineer, he has led several projects from conception, to design, and construction. Projects consisted of complete HVAC, controls, and fan powered terminal HEPA filter modules for a vertical airflow pattern system. Environments were tightly controlled for temperature, humidity, and static pressure. Continuous monitoring of particulate count was performed. Clients were primarily in the medical and electronic manufacturing industry.
Cathertization suite: Produced design documents and performed construction documents for a 3500 sqft cathertization suite. Provided a new 30,000 CFM air handler to serve a total of 6 suites
Emergency Room Renovation: Assisted in the design development of a 2 story 50,000 sqft emergency room renovation complete with new mechanical room and two 20,000 CFM air handlers
Surgery operation rooms supplemental cooling systems: Provided DX cooling system to supplement inadequate house air with. This was performed on two operating rooms and included new controls, condensing unit, and DX coil. One operating room serves as a burn unit and required both a heating and cooling unit. Both operating rooms had to be performed with out any down time due to a sever back log of operation.