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Loyola MaryMount University Science BLDG

Loyola MaryMount University Science BLDG, Los Angeles CA

Project Description:

In order to continue to foster excellence in all areas of science and engineering, the new 120,000 GSF building is designed with modern laboratories and collaborative research space. Facilities include three subterranean levels for parking and three above grade levels housing 9,000 SF of faculty research lab space, 24 teaching labs, lab support spaces, vivarium, faculty offices, classrooms, shared public spaces, a rooftop garden and laboratory, conference rooms and a 292-fixed seat auditorium.

Scope of Work:

TMCx provided LEED Enhanced and Fundamental Commissioning.  System components commissioned include primary HVAC, chilled beams, terminal units, supply and exhaust, domestic hot water, emergency generators, transfer switches, and access control including card readers and cameras.

Project Snapshot:

  • Owner: Loyola Marymount Univ.
  • Project Size:  120,000 sq. ft.
  • Construction Cost:  $36M
  • GC:  CW Driver
  • Year of Completion:  2015


  • Central Plant:
  • Chilled and Heating Hot Water Systems
  • Lab and Vivarium Central Air Handling Units
  • Lab Exhaust
  • Terminal Units, including Lab Fume Hood Supply/Exhaust Valves, VAV Terminal Units and Chilled Beams
  • Domestic Hot Water System
  • Landscape Irrigation
  • Water Re-use System

Challenges & Successes:

  • Issue was identified regarding the method of how the dewpoint of the beam surface temperature was derived from the chilled water supply and return.

          Resolution: revisions were made to add surface temperature, humidity, and temperature sensors and revising the sequence of operation to maintain CHWS temperature to Active Beams above the zone dewpoint temp.

  • Issue: During construction, it was discovered that several lab exhaust fans did not have velocity sensors installed to maintain the required minimum velocity.

          Resolution: TMCx proposed a revised sequence which was approved by the EOR and verified that the changes were implemented by the controls contractor. Without the minimum stack velocity maintained, the chemicals being exhausted from the fume hoods would not be exhausted into the atmosphere, away from the building and would be a safety hazard. Maintaining minimum stack velocity while maintaining the desired duct static pressure is what the final programming accomplished.