Heery’s commissioning team provided whole building commissioning for the new 218,800 square feet Engineered Biosystems Building at Georgia Tech. This project marks the culmination of Georgia Tech’s desire for a world-class, multi-disciplinary research facility designed to foster interaction between researchers from the College of Engineering and College of Science. The primary focus is biomedical research in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, diabetes and various heart diseases. Heery was responsible for the commissioning, mechanical, electrical, emergency power, plumbing, and fire alarm and protection systems. Although designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, the project is on track to achieve LEED Platinum. Georgia Tech’s objective is for the facility to reinforce the University’s Eco-Commons with the intent to anchor the development of this section of the campus. Numerous innovative sustainable design elements were incorporated into the facility, with Heery conducting functional performance, energy performance, and on-going commissioning for systems such as chilled beams and process chilled water systems for laboratory cooling that reduces air flow rates; central air economizing; variable air volume laboratory; fume hoods with BAS monitoring and auto-sash controls; rainwater harvesting for water reduction at all lavatories; controlled environment rooms for high-precision thermal controls; photovoltaic power generation and solar thermal water heating technologies; daylight harvesting and occupancy-sensing lighting controls.
The new building supports Georgia Tech’s strategic plan to enhance and grow its bioscience and biotechnology areas by developing campus infrastructure that will provide a setting for interdisciplinary research in engineering and sciences, strengthening the University’s ties with Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.