Incubator Laboratory Space
CRB was the MEP Engineer responsible for the greenfield KBA incubator laboratory project located at the new Kansas Bioscience Park in Olathe. The project includes the development and construction of a 39,000 sq. ft. laboratory/office space that is seeking LEED silver certification. This is the cornerstone building at the site. It was established by the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 for the sole purpose of advancing the state’s leadership in research, innovation and industry.
Unique to this facility is the innovative approach to energy conservation. The central HVAC utility system was designed around a modular lake source heat pumping system supported with variable speed water pumping systems. The domestic and industrial water systems are preheated using a solar water heating system. The laboratory ventilation system used enthalpy heat recovery energy wheels and an exhaust monitoring control system. The facility was also designed to optimize the day lighting control system. All these innovative design elements make the KBA facility a truly green laboratory building that uses 35% less energy than a typical ASHRAE 90.1 designed system.