Pro Tour: High-Performance Lab & Business Incubator Facility

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Jenny Goldberg

Marketing Manager

NESEA | Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

413.774.6051 x 34 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, May 10, 2019

CEUs: 3.0 AIA LU/HSW pending; certificates of attendance provided to all attendees


$25 Members/$35 Non-Members

Join NESEA for a tour of the new Koffman Southern Tier Incubator, an innovative project that provides labs and shared facilities for start-up companies. The tour will be hosted by Pathfinder Engineers & Architects.

This project has been recognized as a recipient of a 2019 ASHRAE Technology Award, an honor given to just eight buildings worldwide. This award recognizes the outstanding and innovative technical design that is proven through actual building operating data.

Attendees will see an opening presentation about the history and design of the building before touring the facility with members of the project team. Several topics will be covered during the tour, with an emphasis on the engineering and architectural strategies that allow this building to meet energy goals while meeting the needs of such diverse occupants.

You can read more about the building in this case study, which was published in the March 2019 issue of the ASHRAE Journal.


Project Details

  • Square Footage:  38,000
  • Type of Construction: New
  • Units: 10 wet labs, 8 dry labs; 22 offices, plus common spaces

The hybrid GSHP system is integrated with high performance hydronics for radiant heating and cooling. Lab HVAC systems, which represent 60% of the total building HVAC energy use, feature:

  • 56% energy recovery via a heat pipe from exhaust (No cross contamination)
  • 10 low flow fume hoods
  • GSHP water-to-water integrated with moderate temperature, dual temperature hydronics and chilled beams
  • Active pressure control for safe negative relationships between public corridor and lab anterooms and anterooms to labs
  • Visual color-coded lab safety pressure indicators in public corridors for occupant safety

Tentative Schedule

12:30 PM

Doors open, registration, networking and coffee

1:00 PM

Welcome by NESEA

1:10 PM

Overview of the project by the host

2:00 PM

Tour of project begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations

3:45 PM

Group Reconvenes back at initial meeting point

4:00 PM

Reception with light refreshments

4:15 PM

Q&A Panel with members of project team

5:00 PM

Event Concludes

If you have questions about this event, you can contact Florence at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 413-774-6051 x1