Grand Valley State University Science Lab, Classroom, and Office Building
New construction; Grand Valley State University Science Lab, Classroom, and Office Building; Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber Inc.
Engineering firm: Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc.
2013 MEP Giants rank: 99
Project: Grand Valley State University Science Lab, Classroom, and Office Building
Address: Allendale, Mich., United States
Building type: School (college, university)
Project type: New construction
Engineering services: Automation & Controls, Electrical/Power, HVAC, Lighting
Project timeline: September 2011 to May 2015
Engineering services budget: N/A
MEP budget: $964,304
Challenges and solutions
Understanding that lab buildings are typically large energy consumers, FTC&H tailored the mechanical design to utilize energy efficient systems and equipment. Some of the strategies included ventilation control through an active contaminant monitoring system, heat recovery/exchange between exhaust and fresh airstreams, occupancy control of terminal unit zone controls, and use of an auxiliary heat recovery chiller to efficiently handle simultaneous heating and cooling loads within the building.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey