Garrett College STEM Building
Project Quick Facts
The project was to provide a 21st century learning environment for career ready science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational and training facility. The scope of work included renovating approximately 15,000 sq. ft. of existing facility and added approximately 6325 sq. ft. of an addition primarily consisting of new lab spaces and entry lobby. The building is designed and will be constructed to achieve a minimum of LEED Silver Certification.
The existing building is being renovated for new classrooms, offices, conference rooms, break out spaces and gathering areas including vending area. Lab and prep areas include Biology, Chemistry/Microbiology, Engineering/Robotics and Physical Science/Earth Science spaces. A new entry way/lobby connects the existing building to the additions new laboratory spaces. Runtal style convectors provide supplemental heat while variable speed ceiling fans were used to de-stratify the heat as well as reduce the cooling load of this 2 story primarily glass space. The existing MEP systems will be replaced in their entirety and will include a new incoming electrical service for the building, new water line for fire and domestic water as well as an independent cooling plant and heating plant. The heating plant will be tied into the existing campus heating loop. Mechanical systems include heat recovery to temper all outside air needed for ventilation and or make up air purposes, variable speed drives/variable flow for all air handling and hydronic systems, High efficiency propane boilers and high efficiency air cooled chiller. Sidewalk radiant heating system was used for snow melting. The ATC System was integrated into the campus EMS. Interior and exterior lighting systems were LED with lighting controls including daylight harvesting.
The design included all low voltage specialty systems such as voice/video/data including Fiber Optics, security and Fire Alarm. All systems complied with the campus standards and integrated into the existing campus systems. The mechanical and electrical infrastructure was set up for sub metering and dashboard system which was designed as independent add alternates. Small wind power was also designed as an add alternate.