Applied was retained to provide the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services for this new adaptable facility on the IUPUI campus. The new 100,000 SF facility meets evolving teaching and research needs for programs in the School of Science, the School of Engineering and Technology, and the School of Informatics and Computing. Housing all three of these schools promotes interdisciplinary interaction and active learning.
The first floor consists of an informal student lounge area and three classrooms, which include movable tables and chairs to promote collaboration, and a football-shaped classroom where faculty may teach from the middle of the room. Innovation Hall also features 23 teaching laboratories, an imaging suite, clean room suite featuring the university’s first Class 100 clean room plus two additional Class 1,000 clean rooms, conference rooms, computer labs, collaborative spaces, and faculty offices for the departments of science and engineering. It also houses the School of Engineering and Technology’s Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute, which is home to engineering and nanoscale science. A pilot program with the law school regarding patent and intellectual property law has also been developed.
IUPUI provided several goals that guided the design process including incorporation of wellness and sustainability, designing for flexibility and adaptability for long-term change, creating a sense of cross-collaboration between departments, and planning for future expansion. The project was also designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification.
As the MEP engineer, Applied designed the primary power extension from IUPUI’s system; site lighting and power; HVAC systems; plumbing, piping, and fire protection; and electrical systems. Specific systems include acid waste and ventilation, tepid water system for emergency showers and eyewashes, nitrogen gas, compressed air, vacuum, miscellaneous bottled gases, RO water, fire alarm design, lighting design, energy recovery system for classrooms and offices to take energy from exhaust air to incoming outside air, variable air volume lab design including manifold exhaust fans, and low flow urinals, toilets, and faucets.