The Science and Allied Health Building at Marist College is strong evidence of the college’s commitment to science and health. Housed across three floors of an attractive, state-of-the-art, gray stone building are existing programs including Athletic Training, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Medical Technology, as well as Environmental Science and newer programs such as the Physician’s Assistant program. Several Simulation Rooms, Laboratory Spaces, a Vivarium, and a Gross Anatomy Suite are also incorporated.
From a mechanical engineering standpoint, all of these space types require specific airflow rates, pressure relationships, and temperature set-points. In order to meet these stringent requirements, many different pieces of equipment had to be integrated into the facility. Equipment included 100% Outside Air (OA) Units with fixed plate heat exchangers, High Plume Exhaust Fans, Venturi type Air-Valves, and Constant and Variable Flow Terminal Boxes.
Inherent in a building of this type, where multiple layers of mechanical systems must act as one, are several design challenges. Kohler Ronan viewed those challenges as opportunities to implement distinctive, impactful engineering design. Our engineers’ efforts throughout design and building commissioning helped achieve a seamless integration between many system layers, creating a safe and comfortable environment for the students and faculty.