As sub-consultants to Design-Build Architects of Hagerstown, Maryland, L.S. Grim Consulting Engineers was responsible for all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection issues associated with the renovation and fit-out of the physical science labs within the occupied Byrd Science Center. The project involved taking existing classroom shell spaces and converting them to physical science laboratories.
Mechanical Systems – The mechanical systems consisted of providing new, built-up air handlers having four pipe chilled water / hot water coils, connected to a sheet metal air distribution system serving VAV boxes with air distribution devices within the various spaces. The control system for the new labs and preparation areas and demonstration areas was an extension of an existing DDC control system. In addition, specialized exhaust and fume systems were installed to accommodate the preparation areas and the display tables located within the various science classrooms.
Plumbing Systems – The plumbing systems consisted of the typical college-level science lab stations, having acid resistant waste piping, hot and cold water, laboratory gases, vacuum, etc. These were all extensions of the existing central systems located within the building. We were also responsible for safety interlocks, emergency shut-offs and other items that are required for laboratory and demonstration spaces.
Fire Protection Systems – L.S. Grim Consulting Engineers was responsible for the manipulation of the existing fire sprinkler system located within the building to accommodate the new space plan and uses found in the science lab areas.
Electrical Systems – L.S. Grim Consulting Engineers was also the principal electrical engineer for the project and was responsible for all power distribution wiring, fire alarm system wiring, lighting systems, emergency systems, etc. located within the space.