The University of Washington School of Medicine Phase 2

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The University of Washington School of Medicine's new facility, also known as UW Medicine Phase 2, was designed by the WU, Vulcan and the Perkins+Will architects and opened in 2008. The $115 million project consists of three buildings: Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3. TROX USA provided chilled beams for the new building, Phase 2, a biomedical research facility that includes 266,000 square-foot of space for laboratories (total square-feet: 440,000). It was awarded with the 2009 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Award and received the Honor Award. It is one of the biggest chilled beam applications in laboratories in the world.
In this project, TROX USA provided active chilled beams Type DID601 & DID602 for laboratory cooling. The design team considered different options, because requirements for laboratories are different than in other environments. Large air systems and ductwork are typically required to supply ventilation air and cooling, therefore the energy consumption can be greater than in a typical commercial office space. Active chilled beams can realize capital cost savings as a result of reduced size of equipment and ductwork. Furthermore energy costs can be distinctly reduced by using the chilled beam system. Through different testing in our test facility and CFD analyses, provided by AEI, the products for this laboratory were customized and further efficiencies in the technology resulted.
In the UW Medicine Phase 2 building two 7-feet sections of beams were directly mounted above the lab benches and a 4-feet section parallel to the outside wall. The TROX active chilled beam installation reduced the needed mechanical rooms and resulted in more spacious labs with more useable workspace. Moreover the capital costs could be reduced due to lower room heights than with a conventional air system and lower noise. The chilled beam application in the UW Medicine Phase 2 laboratories is one of the largest lab applications in the world.
 
Furthermore the peak airflow rates can be reduced by over 50 % with an active chilled beam system (typical laboratory peak airflow: 15 ach; active chilled beam peak airflow: 6 ach or below) and the energy savings can be significant.

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