From world renowned medical research institutions to national biocontainment facilities to industrial research facilities, Engineered Air Balance has the experience to work in any laboratory environment. From pressurization requirements to mission critical equipment to highly complex sequences of operation with integration between all building systems, our staff have the experience and technical knowledge to perform TAB services and Building Commissioning in any type of laboratory facility. Further, our personnel understand the complexities of controls, integration, redundancy and continuous operation requirements that are common with any critical laboratory facility and especially existing facilities in operation.
M.D. Anderson George and Cynthia Mitchell Basic Science Research Building, Houston
Part of the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center campus, this research facility was built in 2005 to further research in the areas of immunology, molecular biology and human cancer genetics. Its 16 stories and 420,000 square feet house two floors of vivariums, the Graduate School of Basic Sciences and six floors of laboratories and offices supported by six interstitial floors. The interstitial floors provide continual “walk on” access to MEP systems for regular maintenance and renovation. A two-level penthouse contains exhaust fans for the building.
Engineered Air Balance Co., Inc. reviewed the design documents at each design milestone for balanceability, reviewed submittal data and performed construction observations prior to implementing complete HVAC system testing. Because the owner was particularly concerned about maintaining constant pressure in the vivariums to prevent contamination, we performed integrated system tests on those levels multiple times until the start-up sequences provided the correct pressurization.
Galveston National Laboratory
Galveston National Laboratories is the first of two planned new National Biocontainment Laboratories funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to serve as part of a national biodefense network. Located on the University of Texas Medical Branch campus, this 196,000-square-foot building is a national resource for developing therapies, vaccines and diagnostic tests for microbes that might be used by bioterrorists, and for analyzing naturally occurring, emerging infectious diseases such as SARS and West Nile Virus.
Engineered Air Balance Co., Inc. reviewed the design documents at each design milestone for balanceability, reviewed submittal data and performed construction observations prior to implementing complete HVAC system testing. We wrote the functional performance test and the integrated system test for the HVAC systems. The integrated systems test included emergency power testing and security testing. Some of design control sequences were revised to meet system changes; we made recommendations to resolve the control and pressure issues. The integrated system test required multiple trends to verify the exhaust system started before the supply system without over-pressurizing.