Buchanan Engineering Lab

We performed heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC) duct and equipment installation, laboratory fume hood installation, HVAC duct fabrication (stainless steel), architectural metals fabrication, temporary surfaces protection, demolition, fire stopping/fire caulking, concrete patching, concrete water proofing, natural gas piping and plumbing.

The building was originally constructed circa 1930.

Our project consisted of safety improvements and laboratory upgrades, including installation of metal fabricated exterior handrails, asbestos abatement, new laboratory fume hoods, new stainless steel ductwork, and the complete replacement of the domestic water system. General construction improvements included concrete patching and water proofing, painting, gypsum wall board repair and replacement, fire stopping/fire caulking and temporary surfaces protection.

Chemical engineering laboratory exhaust fume ventilation system.

Line voltage electrical and low voltage Automated Building HVAC controls (i.e., Direct Digital Controls – DDC) installations were subcontracted.

Other work includes design build Direct Digital Controls (DDC), HVAC commissioning, HVAC distribution systems including exhaust and ventilation; testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB); fire extinguisher installation, painting, framing, structural steel fabrication and installation, and more.

The building remained partially occupied during construction and it was necessary for a portion of the existing laboratory fume hoods to remain operational as well.  Green Water was able to remain nimble and flexible during the construction since we self-performed the HVAC work.

A Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO) and superintendent were employed on-site at all times.

Customer Relationships

The design architect didn’t design the exterior architectural guard rails to the University standards. Green Water’s in house design team worked closely with the owner to understand their needs and draft the changes before fabrication.

Benefit to State of Idaho, Division of Public Works

Green Water self-performed much of the work. It allowed us to remain flexible and work around the owners’ occupancy schedule, particularly keeping some of the fume hoods active during construction.

Project Details

Year: 2018
Contract Number/Identifier: Idaho Division of Public Works Project No. 16253
Location: Buchanan Engineering Building, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID