University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Additional Details

Project Size 290,820 GSF
Project Cost $85,000,000
Completion June 2009

UF Cancer Genetics Research 

This project provided a comprehensive retro-commissioning of the University of Florida Cancer, Genetics and Biotechnology Research Building. This is a 280,000 sq. ft. LEED Silver certified building. It is a multi-disciplinary biomedical research facility housing research, training and supports the administrative operations of the Biomedical and Genetics Institutes. The building includes North and South Research Towers, 6 and 5 stories respectively. These towers house an auditorium, classrooms, server rooms, conference rooms, offices, laboratories from general BSL2 to BSL3, vivariums and a BSL2 greenhouse. The building is a self-contained facility that includes a 4,300 ton chiller plant, 1,200 hp steam boiler plant, and 2000 kW emergency generator. This equipment serves key redundant mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.


Moses Engineering provided a complete analysis and retro-commissioning of the building HVAC, emergency power and plumbing systems.

Key Issues/Challenges

This retro-commissioning was implemented because of massive building exhaust noise problems, constant energy plant and HVAC equipment shutdown/failures particularly after power interruptions, building pressurization issues and critical system changeover failures serving the BSL and other laboratories. Moses Engineering evaluated the energy plant and HVAC system sequences, created comprehensive test procedures to challenge the operational modes, identified the operational deficiencies and provided a list of deficiencies with recommended corrective action(s).

Moses Engineering provided follow-up design services to correct deficiencies not addressed by the original design and construction teams.

LEED Project Certified Silver

LEED 2016 PLATINUM    FB f Logo blue 57   AHCA Florida

FCGB Certified Commision BICSI