Mohammed Haq to Present at 2015 I2SL Annual Conference

Associate Principal Mohammed Haq, PE, will be presenting at the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) Annual Conference, to be held September 21-23 in San Diego, CA.

Mohammed is the Vice President of I2SL’s Emerald City Chapter. His presentation, titled “Finding the Balance: Systems Integration for Seamless Coordination in a Multifunctional Education Facility,” features Wood Harbinger’s work on the North Seattle College Health Sciences and Student Resources (HSSR) building.

Read the presentation abstract below:

North Seattle College’s existing Allied Health and Technology Building underwent a major renovation that included a 22,900 SF remodel and 23,100 SF rooftop addition. The resulting 46,000 SF multiuse Health Sciences and Student Resources (HSSR) Building is LEED Gold certified and opened for classes in the Fall of 2014. This presentation will highlight the innovative design and coordination strategies used by the project team to prioritize energy efficiency, maintain a balanced building environment, and support the building’s aesthetic as a revitalized and centralized campus focal point.

Up-Front Planning for Optimum Coordination

The glazing-heavy envelope design and diversity of the building’s uses led to a variety of conditions that the mechanical systems in particular would need to accommodate. The first floor was remodeled to include general classrooms and tutoring areas for the college’s Learning Center, a student commons area, and full café. The new second floor is dedicated to the Human Biology and Science Center, with specialty healthcare learning labs central to the college’s health, medical, and science programs. The simulation environments—including anatomy, physiology, biology, and cadaver labs—recreate real-world conditions for students studying nursing, allied health, and science fields. The building becomes one fluid space through a central atrium with a “grand staircase” that connects the two floors and creates a dramatic focal point. These interwoven complexities required comprehensive, up-front system planning and communication with the project stakeholders.

System Integration for Seamless Operation and User Experience

The building utilizes two distinct and different mechanical systems, operating on different HVAC principles: the existing built up air handling unit system was converted to a variable air volume (VAV) system to serve the first floor of the building. Chilled beams and a 100% outside air with heat recovery system serve the new upper level, with heat recovery and exhaust pressurization controls for the specific needs of the cadaver lab spaces. The challenge was to assure these two systems worked together seamlessly. Through tightly written sequences of operations, strategic balancing of the systems, and carefully coordinated advanced building controls, the VAV and chilled beam systems are well-behaved and environmentally controlled, blending together in the background to serve the physical needs of the building without occupants being aware of any environmental differences floor to floor. This level of coordination supports the holistic feel of the building environment and, true to the vision of the building, presents a seamless and integrated user experience.

About I2SL

The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) is devoted to the principles of sustainable laboratories and related high-technology facilities, from design to engineering to operation. Through worldwide partnerships and the exchange of technical expertise, I2SL will encourage the development of high-tech facilities that address the rapid pace of science, medicine, research, and development in an ever-changing and dynamic environment.

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