Integrated Sciences Building

Exterior of the Integrated Sciences Building

Project Overview

Completed:  2009
Architect/Engineer: Payette Associates; R.G. Vanderweil Engineers
Project Manager: Jeff Quackenbush

Project Purpose

The new $102M Integrated Science Building provided new office and laboratory space for teaching and research. The building will provide over 175,000 gross square feet of Chemistry and Life Sciences, teaching and research labs, a 300 seat auditorium, an 85 seat classroom, and computer, faculty and staff spaces.

Sustainability Features

Terra cotta baguettes on south atrium allowing solar heating in the winter and sun shading in summer.

Installed thermally broken, low emissivity, insulating glass in the curtain wall and window units to reduce both heating and cooling energy losses.

20,000 gallon storage tank for collecting roof rain water to reduce discharge to the campus sewer system; water to be used for chiller plant.

Effluent water that is piped from the Amherst water treatment plant is used to supplement make-up water lost to evaporation.

During the winter heating season exhausted air from the classroom wing is ducted to the (4) lab wing air handling units. The exhausted air is used to preheat the incoming cold air that serves the lab areas.

An “intensive roof garden” has been installed over the chiller plant and an “extensive roof garden” has been installed over the loading dock. The intensive roof garden will consist of soil depths greater than 6” and less that 42” with a variety of plants including small trees and shrubs. The extensive roof garden will consist of soil depths no greater than 6” with plant materials restricted to withstand harsh growing conditions.

Installed (2) high efficiency water cooled electric centrifugal chillers and (1) steam absorption chiller in the regional chiller plant. The installation of both electric and steam chillers will help the University to "balance" steam and electric consumption and maximize the operating efficiency of the new Central Heating Plan. The electric chillers will utilize VFD controls to operate more efficiently at partial loads. In addition, a plate and frame heat exchanger has been installed to eliminate the need to use the chillers during the winter when cooling loads are very low.

Enthalpy heat recovery wheels to remove latent heat in the summer and add moisture and heat during the winter. The heat wheels recover 50% more heat and moisture that the previously proposed glycol loop.

Installed 60 CFM low flow fume hoods in the teaching labs instead of the standard 100 CFM fume hoods. This will allow for a reduction in heating, cooling and fan energy consumption. Normal 100 CFM fume hoods will be used at dispensing and waste hoods.

Occupancy sensors and thermal/lighting controls are installed in lab areas, offices and other spaces to give more efficient control to the users.

Recycled 100% of the steel and concrete resulting from the demolition of Marshall Annex

Bicycle racks are installed around the main two entrances to the building and shower facilities are located within the building.

Integrated Sciences Building Interior Atrium
Integrated Sciences Building Lobby with chairs
Integrated Sciences Building Interior Hallway with Windows
Entrance of Integrated Sciences Building