MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Sited on the shores of scenic Monterey Bay, this remodel and expansion created new technology, wet, and dry research laboratories, support staff office areas, and a 500,000 gallon seawater tank for underwater remote-piloted vehicle development and testing.
Variable air volume HVAC was specially configured to maintain humidity at acceptable levels and to maintain positive ventilation and pressure control of the laboratories. Salt-laden fresh air was pretreated, and 316-stainless steel fresh-air ductwork was incorporated to ensure equipment life in an aggressive environment. Seawater circulation and treatment systems for the testing tank had to capture and remove introduced fluids, such as oil, prior to an environmentally sound discharge.
Axiom Engineers℠ saved the project over $200,000 by proving the existing chilled water plant had adequate capacity with control revisions, and a new plant was not required to support the project.
Meeting an aggressive project budget required a conscious and ongoing value engineering process by Axiom Engineers℠ throughout the project.