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Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E.
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Michael Schwedler, P.E.
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Farooq Mehboob, P.E.
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A Building on a Mission
The mission of the Oregon Health & Science University
Knight Cancer Research Building in Portland, Ore., is to
end cancer as we know it, according to its website. This is
a tall order, and the building that will support this effort
is considered highly energy-efficient for a building of its
type.
The net 260,000 ft2 (24 155 m2) building provides space for 650 multidisciplinary scientific researchers and includes 100,000 ft2 (9290 m2)
of laboratory space. The large amount of outdoor air required for labs is
energy intensive, making such buildings difficult to design in a way that
reduces energy consumption.
However, the design team achieved this in part by introducing a portion of the makeup air into the office spaces adjacent to the labs and using
transfer fans to move the excess air from the office space into the labs.
They also studied lab exhaust discharge locations and velocities using wind
tunnel testing. The wind study informed the design team of the minimum
discharge velocities required for lab exhaust discharge at specific wind
speeds and directions. The strategies resulted in a estimated reduction in
energy use intensity (EUI) of 35 kBtu/ft2·yr (397.5 MJ/m2·yr) with an EUI of
95 kBtu/ft2·yr (1083 MJ/m2·yr) in its first year of operation.
The 2021 ASHRAE Award of Engineering Excellence recognizes the
designers and building owner of the Oregon Health & Science University
Knight Cancer Research Building. This is only the seventh time the award
has been given in the 40-year history of the ASHRAE Technology Awards.
For more on this project, see Page 16.
In addition to the Award of Engineering Excellence, the 2021 ASHRAE
Technology Awards had six first place projects, one second place and three
honorable mentions. Technologies and approaches used this year include:
* Thermally active building structure (TABS);
* In-floor radiant heating;
* Highly efficient control sequences;
* Dedicated outdoor air system;
* Gas engine-driven cogeneration system; and
* Retro-commissioning.
For information on the other winning projects, see Page 10. We'll feature
the 2021 ASHRAE Technology Awards projects throughout the year.
ASHRAE Journal has a biweekly email newsletter that includes interviews with authors and other technical experts, discussions about recent
research and more. If you haven't looked at it in a while, now is a good
time to see what's new.
Sarah Foster, ASHRAE Journal Editor

Washington Office
washdc@ashrae.org

Mission Statement: ASHRAE Journal reviews current HVAC&R technology of broad interest through publication of application-oriented articles. ASHRAE
Journal's editorial content ranges from back-to-basics features to reviews of emerging technologies, covering the entire spectrum of professional interest
from design and construction practices to commissioning and the service life of HVAC&R environmental systems.

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