Adaptable Space


On a timeline stretching many decades into the future, if asked to mark a goal for building sustainability where would it be? For the Institutes of Discovery, (University of Wisconsin, Madison) it was 100 years. An ambitious goal among university.

The Situation
The first floor is mostly “public space” with research pods on the floors above, which include separate teaching labs that can be used by public groups, companies or for students. Inclusion of public space to purposefully engage the community outside those resident in the facility was mandated.

The Solution
A project team was tasked with reducing energy costs and focused on both re-thinking the fume hood design and reducing overall ventilation to laboratory spaces; keeping in mind adequate health and safety protection for students and faculty. The project team also sought to optimize ventilation airflow into laboratory areas by implementing measures such as reduced airflow in unoccupied lab spaces without reducing air quality.To help make the design a reality, Phoenix Controls venturi valves were installed. All lad fume hoods are fitted with high-speed Celeris® shut-off valves initially setup for constant volume.

The Result

All the Celeris valves were integrated into the JCI BMS via a Phoenix Controls MicroServer™ and are managed by an integrated system of local controls and the BAS. Phoenix Controls is designed to be integrated-friendly with any BMS controls partner. Using a MicroServer helps manage data transfer from room-level to the BMS.