The new Laboratory Science Building at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst was developed to provide state-of-the-art research laboratory space including a vivarium, imaging and computation facilities, and laboratories for interdisciplinary research teams. This complex, integrated life science research building involved very complicated building mechanical systems to support the needs of varied laboratories.
NV5 provided independent engineering review and commissioning services through the building’s three construction phases. Phase one allowed for immediate occupancy, phase two was built as flexible shell space, and phase three accommodates 32 faculty members and their research groups in a Life Science Building. Design changes presented challenges, but the NV5 team identified required corrections and suggested resolutions.
Services provided included life cycle cost analysis, development of integrated testing procedures, specification writing, construction inspection, and O&M training.