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Chemistry Lab At Framingham State University

Safety, LEED, & Cost Saving Solutions for STEM Initiative at Framingham State University

Posted by Ken Crooks, Director of GreenFumeHood Technology on Jun 22, 2020 4:39:34 PM

State funding for this STEM initiative had already been set and finding a solution to reducing construction costs was vital to the project’s success.

The Scope

To offer students enhanced curriculum, the 4-story addition to Hemenway Hall at ChemLabStudentsFramingham State University includes (8) Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, Biochemical, and Physical Chemistry teaching laboratories utilizing a total of (49) filtered fume hoods. The addition is LEED Silver certified. The project received an Honor Award from the Boston Society of Architects / Massachusetts Architectural Access Board, for the significant improvements to the existing buildings and surrounding landscape that have resulted in full, universal access.

The Challenge

The large and expensive mechanical systems required to support a 100% ducted hood design contributed to the project going over budget. State funding for this STEM initiative had already been set and finding a solution to reducing construction costs was necessary, while not sacrificing safety or functionality.

The Solution

KCrooks_FSU_ExtIncorporating Green Solution Hoods from Air Master Systems, featuring Erlab’s GreenFumeHood Filtration Technology, into the design provides a safe working environment for the students, minimizes the HVAC systems, offers significant energy savings for the school, and helps to achieve LEED Silver certification.

The chemistry involved is easily handled by GreenFumeHood Filtration Technology. The combinations of acids, bases and solvents used by the students will be fully adsorbed by the Neutrodine filters and last greater than 2 years as proven at other installations with similar chemical usage.

The architect designed a mix of mostly filtered and some ducted fume hoods which reduced the mechanical systems size by 25%, lowering their costs by over $917,000 and providing a net savings of over $330,000 on the project.

With this savings, it was possible to complete the entire 6th floor and avoid having unusable shell space.

The Benefits

  • Reduced the building’s carbon footprint by 68% as compared with the national average of AirMasterBankOfUnitssimilar buildings.
  • $330,000 net construction cost savings
  • $39,200 estimated annual operating cost savings
  • Assisted the project in maintaining an aggressive construction schedule
  • Less operational noise when students are using the hoods
  • Outfit the entire 6th floor with the construction cost savings

About Erlab

New_Team-Laboratory-erlab-europe-light2As the Inventor of the ductless laboratory fume hood and worldwide leader since 1968, Erlab's passion is to focus on the research and development, design, and manufacturing of cutting-edge toxic gas air filtration for your laboratory. Higher Education is the leading application for filtered fume hoods globally. High fume hood densities, such as in organic chemistry teaching labs, coupled with strong administrative controls make teaching labs safe and ideal for using and benefitting from filtered fume hoods. With over (700) GreenFumeHoods in over (200) schools saving more than $3mil annually in HVAC operation costs, Erlab has experience solving challenges just like yours.

Additional Resources

Framingham State University Case Study

Cost Savings Details at Framingham State University

Butler University Interview Video

Safe Alternatives to Ducted Fume Hood (Webinar Excerpt)

Butler University Case Study

Marywood University Case Study

Sample of GFH Installations in the US

Erlab's 5 Step Process Safety Guarantee

White Paper - How to determine if GFH is right for your laboratory


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