North Dakota State University A. Glenn Center STEM Building

Equipped with state-of-the-art teaching tools, classrooms, labs and auditoriums, the advanced NDSU A. Glenn Center sets a new regional standard for STEM buildings.

LOCATION:

Fargo, ND

SQUARE FOOTAGE:

120,000 sq ft

INDUSTRY:

Education

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Challenge:

Plans for the new A. Glenn Center on NDSU’s campus included cutting edge systems to support a variety of science and technology spaces including 23 laboratories, modular/flex classrooms ranging in capacity from 25 to 300 students, auditoriums, and common spaces.

Approach:

The process began with a controls submittal review workshop with the temperature controls contractor, design engineer, and NDSU facility staff to collaboratively review the submittal and proactively revise sequences before programming began. Self-executed equipment installation checklists and regular construction site visits ensured proper construction and installation.

The commissioning scope of work included 100% point-to-point and sequence verification of the HVAC and lighting controls systems.

Some of the unique features of this facility include:

  • 100% Outside air variable volume rooftop units serving lab spaces with two energy recovery systems
  • Venturi lab air control valves for variable volume lab control
  • Parallel lab exhaust fan sets
  • Variable-primary pumping chiller plant
  • DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) as well as 0-10V dimming light fixtures and occupancy sensor

Outcome:

The level of technological sophistication and energy efficiency in the new STEM facility has elevated the regional standard for similar buildings.

Key Contacts:
Robert J. Linder, PE, NEBB CP, LEED AP
Director, Performance Group
David M. Jansa
Director, Marketing and Business Development
Services Provided:
  • Commissioning

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