Latimer Sommers & Associates, P.A.
3639 SW Summerfield Dr
Topeka, KS 66614
This new building houses pilot plants and support spaces for use by Kansas State University’s Department of Grain Science. Space will also be leased to private industry to develop materials from grain products. The building includes the two plants, laboratories, offices and conference rooms. Special features include a VAV/hot water reheat HVAC system, 100 PSI steam process boiler plant, fume hoods and exhaust system and an emergency generator for emergency operation. The pilot plants were designed for current and future equipment needs. 100 PSI steam, chilled water, domestic cold water, domestic hot water, reverse osmosis water, compressed air and natural gas are all provided in these spaces. Laboratory spaces also have natural gas and reverse osmosis water at the lab tables. Glass piping for waste and vent system is connected to a neutralization tank. These labs are 100% exhausted mixed-flow exhaust fan.
This project consisted of the mechanical and electrical design of an addition to Fiedler Hall, which contains the engineering library and civil
engineering department. Spaces consist of laboratories, library, classrooms, offices, material receiving, and a large lecture hall. This addition was designed to connect to the existing main atrium
area of the engineering complex. Special MEP features included laboratory fume hood exhaust, lab gases, campus steam and chilled water, and DDC controls.
Laboratory spaces were 100% exhausted using a central roof mounted fixed-flow induced dilution exhaust fan. Phoenix brand controls provided space pressurization and fume hood air flows in an integrated design. Lab sinks were served by glass waste and vent piping.
Campus steam was used to generate hot water for building heating and domestic hot water. Connecting the entire HVAC system was an extension of the campus Honeywell DDC controls.
This project involved small animal kennels, examination rooms, offices, research laboratories and support facilities. The spaces are used for in-house research and analysis of new small animal pet foods being produced at the adjacent pilot plant. Most spaces were designed for complete hose-down, 24 hour emergency power operation and proper ventilation rates for the housing of animals on a long term basis.