RSA recently completed the mechanical and electrical design for this new 2,400 SF laboratory facility, which includes a roof deck, private offices, work shop, pump room, instrument storage, staging area, and bathroom as well as an enclosed walkway to the existing garage space.

The mechanical design included plumbing for flush and haul water/wastewater system, heat trace and insulation on all water and sewer piping and secondary containment for water and sewage storage tanks. Cooling design was provided with 100% outside air to avoid the use of refrigerants. Specific attention was given to the room that housed the atmospheric measurement equipment, which was very sensitive to abrupt thermal changes.

The electrical design included lighting systems to include exit, emergency, interior, and exterior lighting; lighting controls to include occupancy sensors and dimming; power to include building service, distribution, branch circuit wiring for general-purpose power; UPS power distribution system; telecommunications; and security design. RSA assisted the facility owner with obtaining LEED v4 certification for the project for all mechanical and electrical related systems. RSA developed an energy model that demonstrated a 60% energy savings, which gained the project an additional point for innovative design, and helped the project achieve a LEED rating.

The NOAA Barrow Observatory is RSA’s first certification with LEED Version 4.