- 68,000 sf
- $32 Million
- MEP Engineering, Building Performance Modeling, Research & Development
- LEED Gold Certified
- 2014 Capstone Award, 2013 DBIA Citation Award, 2013 Excellence in Concrete Award
New Approaches to Daylight Design
BranchPattern worked in an integrated manner with the architect early in the design to optimize the building architectural form and reduce the heating/cooling loads. Due to this approach, the building was able to connect into the existing (and nearly at capacity) campus-chilled water plant without requiring any upgrades, saving the University millions by deferring these capital upgrades.
In addition to providing full MEP Engineering services and energy modeling, our Research & Development team also conducted a unique daylighting study, leveraging tools developed by BranchPattern in-house. Rather than using a traditional approach that quantifies the efficacy of daylighting based on energy savings, our R&D team used a custom calculator that allowed us to compare options based on their predicted impact on learning. A series of simulations focusing on daylight levels and glare were analyzed using these calculators, with the preferred strategies being those that showed the most favorable results in predicted test scores.
These approaches, combined with the university’s first use of underfloor air distribution and displacement ventilation, yielded a technology-rich building that still performs at 40% below the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 baseline. As a result, the project achieved LEED Gold Certification.