Transforming and modernizing the way biology students learn and interact is the primary reason the University of Washington embarked on constructing a new Life Sciences Building for its Seattle campus. The biology department had outgrown its old space in Kincaid and Hitchcock halls, which were filled with small offices and cramped lab space. Toby Bradshaw, chair of UW’s biology department, told the Seattle Times the department was unable to hire new faculty because it had nowhere to put them – despite a surge in students majoring in the field.
To help the University of Washington achieve greenhouse gas emission goals for the building, Seattle-based engineers Fareez Ismail and Martin de Vrieze at engineering firm Affiliated Engineers specified a variety of energy-efficient technologies for the heating and cooling systems. Included are a chilled beam (“wave”) system by Barcol-Air USA, chilled sails, airside run-around (30 percent propylene glycol) heat recovery, natural ventilation and a radiant heating and cooling system by REHAU.
While hydronic radiant technology had not previously been installed on the University of Washington-Seattle campus, the engineers determined it was the best way to obtain the desired capacity for the project.