University of Rhode Island, Narragansett Bay Campus Master Plan for Renewal

Master planning and conceptual design of this 400,000 GSF campus for the Graduate School of Oceanography and the Department of Ocean Engineering. Completed in two phases, Part One of this campus master plan consisted of a facilities condition assessment of all 20 campus buildings; land and utilities survey; a conceptual space program for both academic and research; an analysis of campus infrastructure capabilities and building demands; and recommendations for proposed future upgrades. The Plan recommends developing a highly sustainable strategy for campus growth, including Zero Net Energy (ZNE) through ultra-low energy buildings, eliminating fossil fuel consumption and utilizing new on-site renewable energy systems. As part of the Plan, a ZNE feasibility study was conducted on the campus that helped drive HVAC system types. The larger wet lab buildings were proposed to utilize the new campus PV arrays to power hybrid ground-source, air-source heat pump systems for space heating and cooling. The lighter classroom, office, and dry lab buildings were proposed to utilize Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) air-source heat pump systems for heating and cooling.

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University of Rhode Island
Narragansett, RI, USA
400,000 ft²
BR+A Principal