By Celis Brisbin, Programs Manager
As AHA Consulting Engineers grows regionally, nationally, and in specialty markets, they have structured their team to continue to provide quality services for their clients now and into the future. AHA is excited to see the development of their Cambridge office under the leadership of Robert Andrews (Managing Director) and Thomas Joyner (Director of Operations). We are proud to announce the following
AHA has been very active with green buildings, with their latest contributions being:
Blackfan Research Lab / Center for Life Sciences
Final Rating: Gold (LEED NC)
This 750,000 SF, 18 Story laboratory and research facility is located in the heart of Boston's Longwood Medical Area, the Center for Life Science Boston [CLSB] is surrounded by world class research institutions, including Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Children's Hospital's Karp Family Research Laboratories, The New Research Building at Harvard Medical School and Merck Research Laboratories Boston.
Some of the building’s features are as follows: Floor plates engineered to accommodate an efficient 11‐foot lab module with floor‐to‐floor heights of up to 16‐feet (4.9m). Floor loads of 100 psf, dedicated vertical shafts from the ground floor to the roof, an enclosed mechanical penthouse configured for typical tenant requirements, supply air at 2 cfm/SF, screened rooftop dunnage for tenant equipment, dedicated acid neutralization areas, enhanced electrical capacity and stand‐by emergency power.
The building is designed to accommodate the rigorous demands of the life science industry with the highest quality and capacity mechanical, electrical & structural systems. With numerous energy efficient features the building will earn a LEED environmental rating for sustainable buildings.
New England BioLabs
Final Rating: Certified (LEED NC)
MEP Design and LEED Administration for this 160,000 SF, three-story New Laboratory Office Building, which included wet labs, R&D, fermentation and fume hoods. Special design considerations included heat recovery in lab exhaust, pure water filtration reject water is reused to flush toilet fixtures, high efficiency central boiler and chiller plant, and innovative condenser water treatment system. The building achieved a final rating of LEED Certified under LEED NC 2.1.
AHA provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection design for these two five-story buildings. Amongst the 270,000 square feet, the Corporate Headquarters included large amounts of research and development laboratory space and tissue culture suites.