Ann Arbor, MI
Originally designed and built in 1955 to honor the University of Michigan community members who lost their lives in World War II service, the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory underwent an extensive renovation and addition to accommodate research labs and the University of Michigan Energy Institute.
PBA provided MEP engineering systems design for the MMPL facility. Mechanical systems design for the 9,500 square foot renovation of laboratory spaces included variable air volume supply and exhaust through energy recovery equipment. Plumbing design for compressed air, hot and cold water, reverse osmosis water, hydrogen and various special lab gases was also provided. Electrically, the second-floor renovation furnished new lighting and power for lab equipment, raceways for voice and data outlets, security, audio/visual equipment, and new fire alarm devices.
The 8,000 square foot addition is adjoined to the existing building’s second level by a corridor and a new main entryway. The monumental staircase and area around it exhibit the history of the decommissioned Ford Nuclear Reactor and the UMEI. Conference rooms, administrative areas, offices, and a collaborative gathering space support the new addition. The HVAC system consists of a dedicated outside air unit for space ventilation complete with enthalpy energy recovery wheel and chilled beam/induction units for space heating and cooling. This system, as well as electrical, data, and plumbing, is housed underground and accessible to University facilities staff for maintenance and operations.
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