The Hampton Roads Sanitary District started a new water quality program called SWIFT which required a new building. DJG is designing their new two-story, 37,765 square foot laboratory and office facility for the Hampton Roads Sanitation District, They have outgrown their existing and dated workspace. Sustainability goals for both materials and construction practices are encompassed in project specifications, tailored to respond to HRSD’s budget and program.
The building envelope meets energy code requirements while coordinating with neighboring buildings on the municipal campus. Design efforts focus on multiple laboratories, working closely with occupants to meet a wide variety of technical applications. In addition to the labs, support spaces include a clean room, offices, break areas, two stair towers, an elevator, and two large staging bays with storage mezzanines. Laboratories include specialized mechanical and plumbing systems, such as a high volume / low pressure air distribution system, a vacuum system and distribution network with quick-disconnects, deionized water distribution system, and multiple fume hoods with dedicated exhaust fans.
Offices include both enclosed rooms and open areas with systems furniture installations. Teaming partner provided sitework that includes fenced in parking for fleet vehicles with secure gate access, employee and visitor parking spaces, a visitor loading space, stormwater management, landscaping, and utility work. Utility work comprises domestic water, gas, underground electric, communication services and sanitary services. Electrical work utilizes underground secondary power from the service transformer. The lighting system will use energy conscious controls, and the power system is designed for both general convenience power and specialized mechanical and auxiliary equipment. An emergency power distribution system with a dedicated generator and automatic transfer switch, as well as a fire alarm system, ensure occupants’ safety under adverse conditions. A wet sprinkler system serves the entire building, including exterior canopy overhangs.
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