Michael W. Reilly Jr.

Nassau Community College
Life Sciences Building

Garden City, NY

Revised proposal as of 01.20.11. No changes made. Click on image to view a pdf of the proposal.

Original Proposal posted on 12.10.10. Click on image above to view a pdf of the originalproposal.

Revised Proposal as of 3.18.11. Changes include the removal of the fume hood redesign depth and adjustments to the chiller plant design to consist of a study between primary/secondary flow and variable primary flow.


Thesis Proposal

The thesis proposal illustrates the redesign considerations for the mechanical system of the Life Sciences Building. There are three proposed redesign depths: fume hood redesign, decentralized air system and new chilled water plant. There are also two breadths with in the proposal: daylighting and architecture.

Depth Topics

An investigation into a decentralized air system to replace the existing variable air volume air handling units will be performed. The study will be comprised of an energy analysis before the redesign and after in order to determing if there is a quantifiable savings potential.

The Life Sciences Building currently receives campus chilled water from a local power plant. However, a published report has stated that the plant is nearing its chilled water capacity. Therefore, the third study will involve a new chiller plant design within the Life Sciences Building. The chiller plant study will involve an investigation into primary/secondary flow versus variable priamry flow pumping arrangements.

Breadth Topics

A daylighting study will be performed in order to evaluate the Life Sciences Building's compliance with LEED. If the building does not meet the requirements of either LEED credit, then adustments will be made to the architectural facade in order to become compliant.

An architectural breadth is incorporated into both the depth and breadth studies. Architectural redesigns will be necessary for the addition of a chiller plant. There will need to be a new mechanical room as well as adjustments to the penthouse to hold cooling towers, if the chillers are to be water-cooled. There will also be an architectural redesign if the daylighting breadth shows the Life Sciences Building does not comply with LEED.

MAE Course Relation

Information learned in AE 557, Central Cooling Production and Distribution Systems, will be directly related to the new chiller plant design. Discussions on primary/secondary and variable primary flow pumping configurations will aid in the design and study of the new chiller plant. Material on cooling towers and chiller selection will be used to help chose the best equipment for the size of plant needed to satisfy the Life Sciences Building.

User Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work‐inprogress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Michael W. Reilly Jr.. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.

This page was last updated on March 18, 2011, by Michael W. Reilly Jr. and is hosted by the AE Department © 2010