An advance investigation into the needs and preferences of the medical team proved in valuable for a Virginia hospital retrofit. The range of desired OR conditions was demanding, but for good reason. The designers, armed with this info, applied experience and mechanical muscle to provide the environmental flexibility to operate from one patient to the next.
Carilion Clinic is a not-for-profit health care organization based in Roanoke, VA. In line with their mission to improve the health of the communities they serve, and with the intent of becoming a teaching facility, Carilion Clinic set upon upgrading their operating rooms and related existing HVAC systems at the Carilion New River Valley Medical Center in Christiansburg, VA.
This second look at the Museum Of The Bible project focuses on the integrated life safety design approach. The team arrived at a final design that not only provides functionality appropriately tailored to the space but also incorporates itself into architectural elements to preserve aesthetic value. The BAS plays a key role between the mechanical and electrical sides of smoke control as well.
The Museum of the Bible (MOTB) will be a non-sectarian museum focusing on the history and impact of the Bible with a core collection of more than 40,000 biblical antiquities and rare biblical texts and artifacts. The museum will contain a mix of uses, including exhibit space, library resources, meeting spaces and guest rooms for visiting scholars, space for certain affiliated museums and their exhibits, and sound ground floor accessory retail uses, such as a gift shop and café or food service establishment.
The Museum of the Bible’s project team was already up against the extremes of Washington weather and the high demands of IAQ for artifact preservation. A system that harnessed adequate cooling, heating, humidification, and ventilation capabilities would still have one more hurdle: a physical footprint of hardly Biblical proportion. Get a first look at this testament to design acumen and true collaboration.
A Mississippi clinic needed above-average design on a budget. The equipment was nothing unusual. However, creativity and attention to detail uncovered opportunities to fine-tune the design and exceed ventilation benchmarks for less.
Engineers’ daily challenges include calculations for outside air, supply air, and return or exhaust air flows — all while balancing mandated code requirements with owners’ expectations for performance, equipment first-cost, and future energy costs.
Why was one floor’s laboratory ventilation failing to keep up, when it was even the closest floor to the rooftop fans? Some system sleuthing led two engineers to a fitting conclusion. Read more stories in May Issue 2017.