Applied engineered the building mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, plus the site utilities for the new Bioscience Innovation Building (BIB) on Purdue’s Northwest campus in Hammond, Indiana. We also performed an arc flash study.
The BIB encompasses just over 68,000 square feet and serves as the new homes for the College of Nursing and the Department of Biological Sciences. Collaborative learning environments include instructional labs and advanced STEM opportunities in biotechnology, cell/physiology, ecology, microbiology, and pre-professional studies. Faculty also have access to new research labs.
The building is served by two air handlers, one for the classrooms and offices and one for the laboratories. The laboratories are equipped with a Laboratory Airflow Control System (LACS) with both variable volume supply and exhaust air control to maintain the required negative offsets in the labs. The building is also served by a redundant laboratory exhaust fan system which serves all of the building exhaust needs. To reduce energy consumption, demand controlled ventilation is being used in the classrooms with the ventilation air provided by the laboratory air handler. This allows the normal air handler to run at minimum outside air during non-economizer conditions. The building also has an RO water system with point of use DI water polishers. Electrically, the building is equipped with an emergency generator.