Asst. Professor Simon Laser Laboratory

University of Chicago – GCIS Building

IBS provided full mechanical Design Build services for the temperature controls and environmental conditions of the new laser laboratory space.

This included providing an initial vetting of the proposed space for the new laboratories, furnishing mechanical engineering for the ductwork and piping distribution, engineering of and selecting proper equipment (AHU’s, chillers, humidifiers) to serve the space, providing construction oversight, mechanical system installation labor and services, quality assurance and milestone testing throughout the duration of the construction portion, furnishing labor for testing and balancing for the air and hydronic system components and also furnishing labor for performing post-construction fine tuning and system optimization.

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The laboratory lay out consisted of two (2) separate isolated laser labs, a prep room and RA offices inside the main suite. Project included build out of existing spaces that were demolished, adding two (2) new dedicated Air Handling Units, a new low temperature chiller, complete mechanical systems and stand-alone controls systems.

IBS was responsible for engineering, installing, optimizing and also peak season testing of the controls system. IBS was required to adhere to the general contractor’s schedule and ensure project completion was met on time. Project included strict adherence to maintaining environmental stable conditions and required temperature stability of +/- .5 Degrees F and +/- 5% RH or better.

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Researcher: Jon Simon

IBS Role: Mechanical Design Build Prime Contractor

IBS Delivery: Design Build

Risk Ownership: IBS was At Risk (Negotiated)

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Pictures courtesy of Simon Lab.