Cal State Long Beach, Molecular & Life Science Center

  • Location

    Long Beach, CA
  • Market

    Laboratory
    Higher Education - Public
  • Awards

    2005 Energy Project of the Year, Association of Energy Engineers Southern California Chapter (AEE)
    2005 UC / CSU Sustainability Conference Best Practices Award
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  • New science building meets the demands of studying a variety of life

  • Project Overview

    Cal State Long Beach had its sights set on creating a new, state-of-the-art science building to support research and learning. The new facility would support science programs like anatomy, physiology, biology and bio-chemistry, increasing student capacity and quality of instruction. We helped the university realize their goal, designing the MEP systems for a new, world-class 88,000 SF research and teaching facility. This facility helps CSULB draw top students and faculty from around the world. Even better, the building is the best of both worlds: high performing and energy efficient.

  • Solution

    The facility has more than 150 variable volume fume hoods, Class II Type B3 biological safety cabinets and hazardous chemicals and cold storage rooms. The compatible exhaust systems from the labs are manifolded to take advantage of the VAV fume hood diversity. We also included radio-isotope hoods with bag-in/bag-out HEPA filtration and air handling systems including roof mounted custom VAV air handling units. We rounded off the ventilation system with staged exhaust fans, duct mounted reheat coils and sound attenuation. The new building’s chilled water and heating hot water came from connections to the campus central plant. The building’s controls included building management DDC and laboratory temperature and pressurization controls.