• General Chemistry Lab in CU-Boulder Ekeley Middle Sciences Wing
  • New Exhaust Ductwork on Roof of Ekeley Sciences Building
  • Organic Chemistry Lab in CU-Boulder Ekeley Middle Sciences Wing
  • Ekeley Sciences Building
  • General Chemistry Lab in CU-Boulder Ekeley Middle Sciences Wing
  • Organic Chemistry Lab in CU-Boulder Ekeley Middle Sciences Wing
  • Organic Chemistry Lab in CU-Boulder Ekeley Middle Sciences Wing
  • New Exhaust Ductwork on Roof of Ekeley Sciences Building
  • University of Colorado Boulder

    Boulder, Colorado

    For more than 100 years, the Ekeley Sciences Building has served as the University of Colorado Boulder’s primary teaching facility for studies in chemistry and biochemistry. Most undergraduate chemistry lab instruction and some graduate lab instruction take place in Ekeley’s Middle Wing. Although some of the oldest spaces in Ekeley Sciences have been renovated recently, the Middle Wing’s systems have not been updated in more than 30 years. To bring this space up to 21st Century standards in terms of functionality, life safety, ADA compliance, and efficiency, the University commissioned a renovation of the Middle Wing’s first two floors. RMH served as the project’s mechanical/electrical engineer with responsibility to upgrade a variety of building and laboratory systems. RMH placed a significant emphasis on controllability, efficiency, and safety for the updated HVAC systems. Design features include addition of a variable-air-volume (VAV) supply and exhaust system to maintain a negative relative pressurization between the labs and corridors, re-zoning of the spaces to allow for greater adjustability, specification of high-performance fume hoods in teaching laboratories and VAV fume hoods in research laboratories, replacement of pneumatic controls with direct digital controls (DDC), addition of an energy recovery system to pre-heat/pre-cool outside air using energy recovered from the exhaust airstream, and development of a bid alternate energy recovery heat pump to generate domestic hot water from exhausted air. RMH also provided design for low-flow water fixtures, a new fire protection system, expansion of the electrical distribution system, and energy-efficient lighting.
 

CU Boulder Ekeley Sciences Middle Wing Renovation

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

For more than 100 years, the Ekeley Sciences Building has served as the University of Colorado Boulder’s primary teaching facility for studies in chemistry and biochemistry. Most undergraduate chemistry lab instruction and some graduate lab instruction take place in Ekeley’s Middle Wing. Although some of the oldest spaces in Ekeley Sciences have been renovated recently, the Middle Wing’s systems have not been updated in more than 30 years. To bring this space up to 21st Century standards in terms of functionality, life safety, ADA compliance, and efficiency, the University commissioned a renovation of the Middle Wing’s first two floors. RMH served as the project’s mechanical/electrical engineer with responsibility to upgrade a variety of building and laboratory systems.

RMH placed a significant emphasis on controllability, efficiency, and safety for the updated HVAC systems. Design features include addition of a variable-air-volume (VAV) supply and exhaust system to maintain a negative relative pressurization between the labs and corridors, re-zoning of the spaces to allow for greater adjustability, specification of high-performance fume hoods in teaching laboratories and VAV fume hoods in research laboratories, replacement of pneumatic controls with direct digital controls (DDC), addition of an energy recovery system to pre-heat/pre-cool outside air using energy recovered from the exhaust airstream, and development of a bid alternate energy recovery heat pump to generate domestic hot water from exhausted air. RMH also provided design for low-flow water fixtures, a new fire protection system, expansion of the electrical distribution system, and energy-efficient lighting.