Clarion University, Grunenwald Science and Technology Center

Clarion Science Building

Brinjac provided the MEP, fire protection, lighting, plumbing, structural, civil-site, and telecommunications design for the design of a new 3-story, 93,500 SF Science and Technology Center. The new Science Center includes laboratory, classroom, office, and lecture room space. The building houses the biology, chemistry, physics, physical sciences, and math departments and includes classroom teaching labs as well as research oriented labs. The building also includes a dedicated vivarium. The new Science and Technology Center is the most energy efficient in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education thanks to a research and development grant the university secured after an energy-efficiency analysis was performed on the proposed plan by Brinjac Engineering. Brinjac performed the lifecycle cost/benefit analysis and installation cost estimate of a 65-kilowatt equivalent (kWe) microturbine that will work in conjunction with a 26 kWe solar photo voltaic array integrated into the Science Center’s roof to generate electricity and heat for the building. The electrical output from the turbine will supplement the general electric service and lower the peak demand. Brinjac also incorporated the turbine into the heating system to allow heat from the turbine to be recovered and used in the building. The grant, provided by National Fuel and Gas Distribution and valued at $163,996, will help Clarion establish The National Fuel Energy Laboratory, an advanced energy laboratory in the Science and Technology Center. The laboratory will not only instruct Clarion students about state-of-the-art energy technologies, but it will also produce prodigious amounts of electrical power and heat for the Science and Technology Center. The project achieved LEED® Gold accreditation. 

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