Newman Science and Technology Center

Isidore Newman School

Science and Technology Center

Moses Engineers, working for Woodard Design + Build, provided MEP services for this new $15 million science building. The project entailed demolition of a 1920’s era gymnasium no longer viable for its intended purpose. The new Science and Technology Center was built on its footprint, incorporating additional courtyard space and repurposing areas of the adjacent Henson Auditorium.

Electrical services we provided

  • New incoming power service and all LED lighting, allowing the classrooms to have a combination of direct and indirect pendant fixtures with dimming and occupancy sensors throughout. 
  • Special systems including fire alarm, telephone/intercom, access controls with remote monitoring and intrusion detection with motion and audio tracking throughout. 
  • Rooftop energy-generating solar panels providing 12 Kw to dedicated loads with a technical dashboard displaying these loads on a first floor kiosk. 
  • Each classroom is equipped with an interactive “Teacher Wall” consisting of three smartboards and two 90” TVs on either side of a projection screen. Connecting this Teacher Wall is a flush mounted networking device that includes RJ45s, USB, audio and VGA connectors for device interfaces. 

Mechanical services we provided

  • A 60-ton air cooled chiller with variable speed fans in a sound dampening enclosure due to close proximity to other school buildings. The chilled water loop has a variable speed primary pumping system serving AHUs with VAV. 
  • A dedicated outside air system providing positive pressurization to the building during normal operating periods.
  • 9 science classrooms have fast response Phoenix valves to manage the flow of air, vital to laboratories, research areas, and life sciences environments. 
  • Hot water is provided by four natural gas, condensing, instantaneous water heaters piped in parallel. Water pressure is maintained via a duplex pumping system within the sprinkler system’s fire pump.
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