Kansas Bioscience Authority – Venture Accelerator

Kansas Bioscience Park

Life science facilities are among the most energy intensive, using 100% outside air. Aircuity’s Lab Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) application continually senses and analyzes laboratory environments and provides ventilation inputs to adjust the air changes per hour (ACH) based on the actual conditions of the lab, moving away from a model of constant or fixed ventilation rates. The Aircuity solution has played an integral part in the Kansas Bioscience Authority – Venture Accelerator sustainable design which earned them R&D Magazine’s Lab of the Year: High Honors award.

 Kansas Bioscience Park, located in Olathe Kansas, is a 92-acre development dedicated to serving, local, regional, national and multi-national bioscience organizations. This expansive campus is currently shared by both the Kansas Bioscience Authority(KBA) and Kansas State University’s Olathe Campus.  The Venture Accelerator facility was one of the first two buildings to be constructed and is intended to help fledging bioscience businesses get started. The building features 7,700 square feet of lab space and includes eight double and five single wet labs for lease. The design team, which included Associated Air Products, PGAV Architects, and engineers CRB, Walter P. Moore and Schlagel & Associates (civil engineer & landscape architect), made green features and sustainability a priority during the design process. One of the team’s major goals was to look at the HVAC system as a whole and minimize energy consumption, while still ensuring the safety of building occupants. By implementing proven, reliable technologies such as Aircuity’s centralized demand control ventilation solutions, the baseline of 10 air changes/hr in the laboratories during occupied times was reduced to 2 ACH, resulting in $57,000 in energy savings during the first year and a 3.2 year payback. Aircuity’s smart solutions proved to be an integral part of the facility’s sustainable design, and earned the project both R&D Magazine’s Lab of the Year: High Honors award, along with LEED® Gold certification by the US Green Building Council.

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