The University of Pennsylvania undertook a $42.5-million infrastructure renovation of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM). The project included a complete electrical and HVAC upgrade, as well as installation of a new sprinkler system.
Burns provided multidisciplinary engineering services for the 92,500-square-foot facility’s overhaul. The project’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing features include:
Penn took advantage of low interest rates to develop the university’s innovative Century Bond program, issuing $300 million in 100-year bonds to finance energy-efficiency upgrades such as the LRSM renovation.
The LRSM retrofit is forecasted to save the university $200,000 annually.
Burns assists colleges and universities to meet their carbon-neutrality-goals, providing custom solutions for energy and economic analysis; electrical, mechanical and structural assessments and design; and resilient power infrastructure design and oversight.
The LRSM upgrades are scheduled for completion in 2023.