Life Sciences Facility
Heath Engineering participated with the architect in schematic
development and subsequent design of HVAC systems for this major
research and biological test facility.
The building includes offices, general labs, BL-2 and BL-3 labs
and animal rooms. There is also 10,800 square feet of mechanical
space for steam boilers, general exhaust fans, seven supply air
handling and exhaust systems with heat recovery, and other equipment
to support the laboratory and testing areas; including HEPA filtering
systems. The HVAC system controlled pressure differentials between
the offices and laboratory areas.
Within this laboratory facility, government and contractor employees
challenge detectors, protective clothing, equipment, and decontamination
systems to ensure their successful operation on the battlefield.
The LSTF contains an array of top-notch test features, to include:
• Class II Biosafety Cabinets
• Environmental Chambers
• Aerosol Simulant Exposure Chamber: Here technicians can
alter temperature from 23 to
104 F, relative humidity from ambient to 100 percent, and aerosolized
simulant concentrations. This 13-by-12-by-11.5-foot chamber has
an air lock door and pass ports to maintain the environment.
• Containment Aerosol Chamber is an environmentally controlled
chamber used in challenging biological samplers and detectors with
aerosolized agents of biological origin.
B. Bryce Gardner, P.E.
Senior Vice President
Robert J. Kesler, P.E., CPD
STV Engineers, Inc.
205 West Welsh Drive
Douglassville, Pennsylvania 19518
Name of Project
Lothar Salomon Life Sciences
Test Facility (LSTF)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Design Start/End Dates
June 1996/Winter 1997
Mechanical Engineering & Design
Construction Delivery Type
Design – Bid – Build
Building Project Cost
Total Square Footage
32,000 Square Feet