- Ambitious efficiency goals (LEED® Gold-targeted facility)
- Comprehensive energy reporting program for multiple building systems
- High consumption lab/sciences building
Ford Hall at Smith College is an impressive addition to the historic Western Massachusetts campus: a $73 million, 140,000-square-foot facility to accommodate engineering, computer science, molecular biology, chemistry and biochemistry, targeting LEED® Gold certification. ALC-MA was selected to oversee a massive integration program of the building’s numerous systems, installed to support sensitive scientific research. All of the building’s generators, air handlers and Phoenix fume hoods were integrated into efficient Automated Logic Control units, and to support the school’s LEED® goals, ALC-MA is currently monitoring a domestic water recharge program as well as performing energy metering and reporting. Systems currently being monitored include Ford Hall’s complex fire suppression system, ERV units, fans, handlers, chilled water and steam system. We also performed a full commissioning of the building, a critical step in the LEED® certification process, especially for a building of this size. The emphasis on sustainability in the new building for engineering and molecular sciences is the largest undertaking in a campus-wide effort to promote and implement energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.