Mt. Pleasant, MI
Central Michigan University wanted to provide its graduate students with one of the first on-campus Graduate Student Housing facilities in the country. The project was also one of the first to obtain Platinum Certification under the LEED for homes guidelines.
PBA provided MEP engineering design services for the LEED Platinum certified CMU Graduate Housing Complex - a two-building/3-story residential housing complex, located on the north end of campus on Bellows Street, adjacent to the Health Professions/College of Medicine building. The buildings feature 94 apartments and 164 beds. All apartments feature full kitchens, in-suite laundry and individual climate controls. The buildings also each include common lounge/lobby spaces, meeting rooms and a fitness center.
Building heat and cooling were supplied through heat exchangers and chillers by University Steam. A 6-inch steam line (60-psi) enters the basement of the West Building and supply systems for both buildings. Fresh air comes from the roof equipment platform and exhaust air is sent to the roof.
The 13.1-kV electrical service was reduced to 120-volts having passed through a 750-kva transformer. Each building has external natural gas-fired emergency generators rated at 25-kW. Generators supply emergency lighting circuits. Selected lighting units in meeting rooms, mechanical/electrical rooms, and all lighting in exit corridors and stairwells are powered by these circuits through an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS).
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