Big Rapids, MI
Ferris State University envisioned a transformation of its existing student center into an iconic architectural showpiece that would serve as a gathering space for students by providing comfortable places to meet, relax, study and socialize.
In order to assist the University in meeting its goals, PBA provided MEP engineering and lighting design services, upgrading existing systems with energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems that met the programmatic requirements and reduced operational and maintenance costs. New LED lighting and efficient mechanical equipment maximized thermal comfort and provided the appropriate lighting for specific spatial needs.
Mechanical implementations included adding 4 new AHU’s for the Student Lounge, Kitchen/ Dining areas, Event/ Meeting Rooms and Office Spaces / Bookstore. A new 450-ton water-cooled chiller was also provided to generate chilled water. A direct digital control (DDC) system was additionally provided to monitor, control, and optimize the operation of the HVAC systems in the building. A fully automatic wet-pipe sprinkler system was also provided throughout the entire building.
In addition, the renovated student center achieved LEED Silver certification.
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