Project Info

  • Client US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Location Athens, GA
  • Size 77,318
  • Cost $31 M

SESD & ORD Lab Consolidation

Global Engineering Solutions (GES) is serving as the prime A/E contractor, providing contract management, project management, and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering services for the consolidation of bio-research laboratories for the EPA at their campus in Athens, Georgia. The project included programming, planning and total renovation of the 62,220 sf main bio-research laboratory building and multiple auxiliary buildings totaling 77,318 sf.  The renovated main bio-research laboratory building provides facilities to support the testing and analysis of environmental samples, field sampling, ground water and water quality sampling and monitoring, and air sampling and monitoring.  All of the bio-research laboratory facilities were designed to comply with the EPA requirements for a BSL-2 research laboratory.

The renovated laboratories include many energy efficient features. High plume lab exhaust fans equipped with VFDs with a stand-by fan support the specialized laboratory spaces with high performance, high efficiency, low flow variable air volume fume hoods equipped with an automated sash control device.  To predict how the polluted exhaust from the laboratory’s exhaust fume hoods would behave during critical wind conditions, GES created a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model. The model examined the flow of polluted air to ensure it would not be directed to the outside air intakes of the rooftop unit systems. Geometric and parametric studies were carried out to identify locations for the exhaust fume hoods and air flow. Because the exhaust fume hoods shoot the air with sufficient nozzle outlet velocity to the ambient air, the polluted air avoids mixing with the outside air intakes of the rooftop unit system.