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USF-RF IDRB SECOND FLOOR FIT-OUT Previous


Owner: USF Research Foundation
Project Size: 25,600
Project Cost: $5,000,000
MEP Cost: $2,500,000
Completion: 2011
Delivery Method: A/E

The Interdisciplinary Research Building (IDRB) at University of South Florida was originally built as a four-story shell building to be fit-out as tenants who needed laboratory services became available. M&A was hired to fit-out the second floor of the building, approximately 25,600 square feet, that included an extensive BSL2 laboratory space. This fit-out included the design of laboratory utilities to be connected to existing systems: supply air, exhaust air, compressed air, vacuum, nitrogen, DI supply and return, laboratory cold water, laboratory hot water supply and return, acid waste, lighting, power, emergency power and data. Supplemental air conditioning to handle the sensible load in the laboratories was provided in order to reduce the load on the building infrastructure (air handling unit and chiller) and to save in energy.

Project Challenges

This project connected to an infrastructure which was determined to be inadequate to support the 2nd floor fitout, specifically the air handling unit system, the chiller system and the exhaust system.

Due to the limitations encountered in the existing exhaust system the use of low-flow fume hoods was incorporated into the design. The project included the addition of a new 650 ton chiller, new cooling tower, upgrades to the existing exhaust system, and a new 100% outside air unit.