UCSD Laboratory

Air Handling Unit Replacement

Project Owner: University of California San Diego

Location: La Jolla, CA
Customer: University of California San Diego

Year Completed: 2020

Dersch Design & Engineering created electrical designs to support the direct replacement of an air handling unit (AHU) that serves a clinical research facility in the Stein Clinical Research Building at the University of California San Diego.


Not only did this project design a new air handling system for the facility, it also provided for temporary air handling service to be maintained throughout the space for the duration of the new air handler's installation. 


There were essentially two engineering design challenges posed by this project, the first was to coordinate the temporary air handler, and the second was to meet the end goal of the project - installation of a new AHU to serve the facility.  Engineering phasing plans had to be created to show how the system would come together accordingly.


This facility was unique in that it could only tolerate AHU shutdowns of four hours or less during construction.  Temporary AHU service was extremely important for the project, and as such plans were designed to impose minimal impact to the facility’s operations.  Dersch Design developed several innovative design solutions to accommodate these constraints and ultimately saved the project significant cost.

Electrical Upgrade | AHU Replacement | Laboratory

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