SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry - Baker Laboratory 

As part of a backdrop term agreement with the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Popli Design Group (PDG) provided mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as system commissioning to support the installation of supplemental cooling for critical research areas in Baker Laboratory at SUNY ESF.

The areas were cooled by main facility chilled water, which is shut down during the winter, weekends, and holidays. Several labs in this facility focus on advanced microscopy, including a $5 million transmission electron microscope (TEM) installation and a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The equipment, along with support equipment located in the TEM Prep, SEM Prep, and ICP Lab, is highly utilized and requires constant cooling, which is not available during times of chiller shutdown. PDG evaluated the existing conditions and designed and commissioned a supplemental cooling system, including a dedicated chiller with free cooling to serve the critical TEM and SEM areas for year-round cooling.

Due to the high occupancy and 100% make up air supplied to the critical areas, cooling system modifications were designed to reduce outside air to the minimum allowable and dehumidify the high latent heat load.

"PDG proved to be highly competent and professional on this project, providing outstanding services including mechanical and electrical evaluation and engineering, commissioning, construction management and as-built documentation. They were always responsive to owner as well as contractor needs and provided high-quality deliverables for this project."  - Peter Marschall, Senior Project Manager, SUNY ESF Facilities Planning, Design & Construction 

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