Franklin & Marshall College – Pfeiffer Science Building


Project Type: Education
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Project Completed: September 1, 1997
Square Footage: 91,000 sf
Total M/E Construction Cost: $10,000,000
Architects: Payette Associates Boston, MA Drasba Widdall Architects Lancaster, PA

Special Features:
State-of-the-art laboratory ventilation 87 lab hoods Complete new data and communications networks

Franklin & Marshall College, with one of the best known science departments in the country, renovated their 91,000 sq. ft. Pfeiffer Science Building in order to improve its outdated and ineffective mechanical systems.
Consolidated Engineers designed the HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, lighting and data communications systems for the building. The existing HVAC system was inadequate. The building was hot, humid and uncomfortable. It also did not meet present-day code requirements for lab ventilation. State-of-the-art lab VAV (variable air volume) controls were installed on the 87 fume hoods in the building. These controls ensure a safe 100 feet per minute capture velocity at the hood opening at all times without interfering with the space temperature and humidity.
Consolidated designed a building-wide data distribution system which ties the computers in each classroom to a local network. All wiring was run on a cable tray system for convenience and ease in upgrading the system.