The Wilson College Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology is a 76,500 square foot facility housing teaching and research labs, classrooms, offices, an auditorium and a natural history museum. Wilson College is committed to environmental sustainability, and that commitment guided the design of the science complex, including the decision to seek LEED® certification. Michaels Energy, as a subconsultant to Credo Higher Education, provided HVAC, electrical and plumbing engineering, and served as the LEED® Accredited Professional and Project Administrator.
Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Features
Laboratory facilities require large amounts of fresh air ventilation and tight control of temperature, humidity and room pressurization. To satisfy these requirements while maximizing energy efficiency, Michaels researched alternatives to the typical variable air volume reheat systems typically used to heat, cool and ventilate these facilities. This resulted in the decision to incorporate a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS).