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Wellesley College Science Center Rehabilitation, Wellesley, Mass.
AEI achieved 35% reduction in annual steam and chilled water through design modifications to the HVAC system.
For this 300,000 SF renovation, AEI provided sustainable MEP/FP design and CA services for the existing science center. A full infrastructure upgrade design was prepared, including conversion of all existing laboratory fume hoods from constant flow to variable flow units. This included adding sprinklers to the labs and science center library, replacing lighting throughout the teaching and research labs and the complete rehabilitation of 10 research labs and six classrooms. Design work included replacement air handling units, new units equipped with VAV technology and energy recovery, distribution modifications including new VAV boxes and air valves, and a new building control system that replaced existing pneumatic controls with an electronic control system.
Through efficient design, AEI achieved 35% reduction in annual steam and chilled water through design modifications to the HVAC system. Construction phase services included assisting with the selection of the construction manager as well as establishing a construction phasing plan. The development of multiple concurrent construction packages allowed for an accelerated schedule by enabling construction to begin before design was complete. AEI also reviewed and approved shop drawings, which ensured energy efficient equipment and construction activities were performed in compliance with plans and specs.