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Vol 57 No. 15 : July 29, 2005
Vol 57 No. 15 | July 29, 2005

Ball Receives Project of the Year Award from Local Chapter of AEE

Ball Receives Project of the Year Award from Local Chapter of AEE

Tim Ball, associate director of facilities management at CSULB, has been presented with the Energy Project of the Year Award by the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for his collaborative work on the design and development of several energy efficiency best practices within the university’s Molecular and Life Sciences Center (MLSC).

The award recognizes an innovating energy management project that has been in operation for at least six months and can be substantiated with actual installation costs and operating savings or a project is recognized for its first-of-a-kind approach in Southern California.

“Cal State Long Beach set an early fundamental goal to design a highly energy-efficient building while providing a high standard of safety, health and comfort for building occupants,” noted Craig Pals, AEE member and chair of the chapter’s Awards Committee. “Tim’s leadership in energy management at CSULB played an integral role in the success of this project.”

Opened in fall 2004, the MLSC building is an 80,000-square-foot state-of-the art facility that is used for classes in chemistry, biochemistry and biological sciences. It includes 24 group research laboratories, 20 instructional labs and 46 faculty offices. The laboratories included more than 150 fume hoods, special biological safety cabinets and hazardous chemicals and cold storage rooms.

Tim Ball

Tim Ball (l) receives award.

“University lab buildings have traditionally been the largest consumers of energy, typically five to 10 times more energy per square foot than typical office buildings,” Ball pointed out. “It was important for us to take advantage of the latest technologies in variable air volume laboratory control systems and building envelope design.

“This project was a good example of all members of the project team working together toward a common goal,” he added. “The entire team deserves this award.”

Among the key features integrated into the MLSC building include efficient window glazing, energy-efficient lighting integrating the use of daylighting, high-efficiency HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and a high-performance energy management control and monitoring system.

The overall building design focused on reducing cooling loads through a whole-building design approach that resulted in “right-sizing” HVAC and electrical equipment, which contributed to a lower first cost and helped the project team meet budget as well as minimize on-going maintenance and utility demands.

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