Project Profile: Kansas Life Sciences Innovation Center
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The Challenge

• Efficiently remove and dilute large volumes of laboratory exhaust air high above the surrounding campus and neighborhoods.
• Construct a reliable lab exhaust system with low maintenance.
• Minimize distractions from the building's impressive exterior aesthetics.

Construction of the spectacular new 203,000 square foot Kansas Life Sciences Innovation Center on the University of Kansas Medical Center Campus in Kansas City, Kansas began in 2004 and was completed in 2007. The huge five-story building now houses 80 state-of-the-art biosafety laboratories used by physicians and scientists who conduct a wide range of medical research. The adjoining laboratories are set up along the north side of the building on all five floors and in the center of the building (where specialized labs are located). There are several common lab areas where researchers can share equipment and collaborate. The tremendous volume of lab work taking place during the day at this facility required that a powerful and efficient laboratory exhaust system be specified. Building designers also required that all rooftop ventilation systems not detract from the building's attractive appearance.

Greenheck’s Solution
The Results
Building managers and researchers are pleased with the performance of the Greenheck Vektor-MD exhaust systems, according to Don Rau, the director of facilities management at the University of Kansas Medical Center. "The Vektor fans atop the Kansas Life Sciences Innovation Center certainly have performed well since the opening of the facility," he said. "There have been no operational or performance issues. At this point we would use the appropriate Vektor fans in any new research construction." The mixed flow impeller technology provided by the Vektor-MD units also has minimized energy consumption and overall sound levels when compared to more traditional, custom-built lab exhaust systems.
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