College Planning & Management

APR 2013

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Facilities C AMPUS SPACES Laboratories: Solving the Challenge of Water Water usage reduction solutions for laboratory facilities. BY GER ALD W ILLIAMS PHOTOS © DAVID WAKELY PHOTOGRAPHY I 54 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / APRIL 2013 NCREASING DEMANDS FOR high-performance and sustainable designs are challenging laboratories and research facilities to consider their energy and water usage. Laboratory design is constantly evolving and outdating previous methods due to new building and energy codes, and lab designers are seeking game-changing ideas. This makes innovative design solutions more imperative than ever. This imperative requires, among other things, a shift in thinking from merely air conditioning buildings to developing integrated strategies to heat and cool the people, equipment, and processes within the building. Instead of simply pumping hot or cold air into a box, a new approach is required where mechanical systems are designed to meet specific needs of the individual research facility and then dynamically respond to the rapid evolution of those facilities. The building itself can serve as an extension of the education or research instead of an obstacle to that research. A robust building utility spine that includes "plug-and-play" connections for an abundance of power, communications, exhaust air, and process-cooling water allows new equipment installations without extensive disruptions or costs. Laboratories can recognize additional significant cost savings as well as improved sustainability by utilizing existing chilled water systems with newly developed, innovative technology, such as a water-to-water heat exchanger. WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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