Project Snapshot: BU Photonics | Strobic Lab Exhaust Fan – Upgrade

Project Overview:

The Boston University Photonics Center is a building and research center owned by Boston University. The 10-floor 235,000 sq ft (21,800 m2) building opened in June 1997, finished at a cost of $78.4 million. The center specializes in developing and commercializing new products for the photonics industry, spanning the fields of biomedical engineering, nanoscience, physics, astronomy, and chemistry.

Strobic Air Tri-Stack Fan Systems were an integral part of the original design.  Two separate systems were provided in the design.

Project Name: Boston University Photonics Center
Mechanical Engineer: Engineered Solutions Inc.
General Contractor: Austin Services
Equipment: High Plume Dilution Fan Systems
Manufacturer: Strobic Air / Cambridgeport Air Systems
Size: Two 68,000 CFM Systems
DAC Sales Contact: David Goodman

BU-Photonics – Original

Original System Challenges:

  • The expansion of labs over the past 15 years required the Stand-by fan to be run on each 4 fan set.  Additional capacity was needed.
  • 1 of the 8 motors had been replaced requiring a crane pick, and the others nearing the end of their life.
  • The original plenum was also showing its age and was a painted Galv single wall and Isolation dampers were in-operable or leaking.
  • Original fan sets were run at full speed at all times.


New System Highlights:

BU Photonics - Upgrade

BU Photonics – Upgrade

  • The new fan systems are on VFDs and again maintain the building with 3 fans running at less than 50 Hz and saving energy.
  • Fans are self-supported with in-line sound attenuators to be very close to original height above roof line.
  • The new double wall plenum was locally made by CAS Custom Air Solutions with Aluminum skin and SS liner.
  • The new plenum design also features a removable gantry crane attachment designed to lift and move nozzle and silencer for motor service, should it ever be required.


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