SDSU - Avera Health & Science Center

SDSU - Avera Health & Science Center

The Clark Enersen Partners worked with South Dakota State University on the design of the new Avera Health and Science Center in Brookings, South Dakota.  The primary function of the new building is to house undergraduate instructional laboratories for Pharmacy and Chemistry, but also includes new areas for chemistry and pharmacy research. A concurrent renovation of the existing Chemistry Building houses the majority of research activities. 

The renovation was designed to occur in multiple phases in order to allow continuous operation of the facility.  The design also included a complete upgrade of the fume exhaust system, a new heat recovery system for improved efficiency and maintainability, and the doubling of air handling system capacity.  The existing building has low floor-to-floor heights, which required creative approaches to the layout and arrangement of ductwork and other services throughout the building. 

In addition, the renovation of the Chemistry Building included new service entrance and electrical distribution systems throughout the facility.  Design of the new systems required careful coordination with existing systems and equipment to ensure that occupied areas within the facility were functional at all times.  Electrical service work also included major modifications to the medium voltage electrical distribution system on campus, including the installation of new pad mounted switches, modified and enhanced ductbank systems and coordination to ensure that existing electrical service to existing campus facilities was not interrupted.  The entire science facility complex was also provided with a new addressable fire alarm system with voice evacuation capabilities.  The new system design allowed for continuous operation of the existing life safety alarm system until new systems were in place and functional.

This project also included the construction of a new Chiller Plant building to accommodate a full-buildout capacity of 3150 cooling tons.  The plant will eventually serve approximately 20 buildings.