University of Kansas School of Pharmacy - Pharmacy Building

In August 2010, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy faculty and students started moving into the new $45M building on the KU West campus in Lawrence, Kansas, following the successful conclusion of the fast-paced construction process that spanned less than a year from pre-construction to completion.

The new 3-story, 110,000 square foot facility includes 2 175-seat classrooms and several smaller classrooms, laboratory space, model pharmacy and simulated patient consultation rooms, data rooms, a complete kitchen and office space. 
 
Environmental Mechanical's scope on the new building covered HVAC & plumbing. Work included tie-on's to existing chilled water and steam, and installation of a steam pressure reducing station with heat exchanger for hot water heating. 
                                                    
Custom built-up AHUs and energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) were installed, which will reduce energy consumption and provide pre-conditioned fresh air.
 
Indoor air quality and infection control measures included duct capping during fabrication, storage delivery and installment, filters/filter maintenance and AHU vacuum.
 
The building is LEED Silver equivalent, with an energy goal of ASHRAE 90.1 +30%. 
 
The project was coordinated with BIM 3D Building Information Modeling technology.  As in most projects involving ductwork, as the mechanical contractor Environmental Mechanical took the lead in BIM coordination. 

The project involved 12 sheet metal workers and 12 pipefitters, totaling nearly 19,000 man-hours worked.    

"This is probably the cleanest pipe job I've ever been on.  They all did a great job and were under appreciated" , said J E Dunn General Superintendent Jim Huckleberry.  

In November 2011 EMC completed an additional project at the Pharmacy Building, consisting of installation of a variable refrigerant system (VRF) in the existing IT and AV rooms.  The scope of work included installation of nine AC units and one condensing unit, totaling 14 tons of cooling.  In this system, one condensing unit runs multiple AC units.

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