Latimer Sommers & Associates, P.A.
3639 SW Summerfield Dr
Topeka, KS 66614
LSA provided the mechanical, electrical and plumbing design for the new four-story women's residence hall at Benedictine College.
The HVAC system consisted of single-zone geothermal heat pumps to achieve specific temperature and humidity setting in the space. The unit used a ground-source loop for cooling and heating. A 100% OA gas-fired make-up air unit with heat recovery coil and DX coil was used to temper the outside air to achieve a specific temperature and humidity level.
Electrical design included a 1200 amp main distribution panel with inline panel boards to serve individual floors. Decorative pendant lighting was used in lounge areas and lobby of the building. Decorative recessed and surface mounted fluorescent lighting was used for the rooms and hallways. Exterior lighting was designed according to campus standards.
Copper fintube boilers/storage tanks were used for the domestic hot water system for the building.
Total Square Footage: 35,000
This project involved the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design of a new 62,000 square foot complex consisting of four apartment buildings and a clubhouse located on the campus of Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. The apartment units have two and four bedroom suites. LSA also performed telecom design that is connected to the campus.
The 39,644 SF dormitory building provides housing for 150 students at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. LSA provided the mechanical, electrical and plumbing design for the building. The heating and cooling systems utilize water to air heat pumps for space conditioning with an evaporative cooling tower cooling and high efficiency condensing boiler to maintain the temperature of the circulating fluid. The heat pumps are located in dedicated mechanical closets with ductwork provided to connect a unit to the respective resident room. An energy recovery air handling unit provides the required ventilation and exhaust for the building. Control of the cooling tower and high efficiency boiler is provided by a stand alone digital control system. The individual room heat pump units are provided with unitary controls. Domestic hot water is generated by two high efficiency copper fin boilers coupled to a domestic hot water storage tank.
Decorative fluorescent lighting luminaires provide illumination of the interior of the building.
LSA also provided design for the fire protection sprinkler, fire alarm, telecommunication, access control and audio visual systems throughout the building.
LSA was asked to correct poor indoor air quality in the Newman Residence Hall at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. The original system consisted of individual fan coil units with exhaust fans which exhausted the toilets. Subsequent to a study of the building, LSA developed the design and administered the construction of an air handling system to supply ventilation air to the building as required to provide make up to the toilet exhaust fans and to satisfy code required ventilation for the building’s occupants.
The construction was completed during the summer break of 2012 at a cost of approximately $90,000 and was successful in improving the building’s indoor air quality.