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Howard University
Interdisciplinary Research Building

Mechanical/Plumbing Design

Washington, DC

Howard University, Interdisciplinary Research Building 
Mechanical/Plumbing Design | Washington, DC

SETTY provided the mechanical/plumbing design for a new interdisciplinary research building for Howard University. Setty provided the mechanical and plumbing design for the five floor research facility, which includes chemistry and biology laboratories, with Class 100 clean room laboratories. After design was complete, commissioning services were provided for all the laboratories and its’ fume hoods.

Systems designed included:

  • Domestic Water
  • Type I Reagent Water
  • Type III Reagent Water
  • Sanitary Waste
  • Chemical Waste
  • Storm Waste
  • Natural Gas
  • N2
  • O2
  • Compressed Air
  • Vacuum
  • CO2
  • Non Flammable Gases
  • Flammable Gas
  • Bulk Gas Distribution Systems from Vented Cabinets
  • Fume Hood Controls

NIST Toxic Gas Monitoring AML Building 215

AE Services

Gaithersburg, MD

NIST Toxic Gas Monitoring AML Building 215 | AE Services | Gaithersburg, MD

The existing customized Toxic Gas Monitoring System (TGMS) in Bldg. 215 has lot of problems and deficiencies that need to be rectified. In the past, because of frequent false alarm the building had to be evacuated that caused lot of down time and inconvenience. When alarm goes off, someone with protection gear suit has to go inside the lab to figure out what is leaking. The central computer is installed in the same building, so when an alarm goes off and the building is evacuated, it becomes inaccessible.

SETTY as a part of Architect Engineering team is required to develop full blown design and construction documents for the general contract to fix the problem of Toxic Gas Monitoring System (TGMS) in the Advance Measurement Laboratory (AML) Building at NIST.

NAVFAC, Advance Hawkeye Research Facility

MEP Design Services

Patuxent River, MD

NAVFAC, Advance Hawkeye Research Facility | MEP Design Services | 
Patuxent River, MD

This project called for design and construction of a new 35,000 sf administrative and laboratory facility, to be located within an existing complex of secure facilities.  The facility was to be designed to support R&D, testing, and evaluation of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye system.  The presence of numerous underground utilities on the proposed facility site necessitated an intensive site investigation prior to construction.

Setty's Scope of Work was to develop requirements for design M/E/P services by using integrated sustainable design strategies and features to minimize the energy consumption of facilities and to conserve resources and minimize adverse effects to the environment.

Additional aspects of the project included the following:

  • Addressing AT/FP requirements Developed RFP requirements for design to include features and characteristics achieving LEED credits.
  • Complete Direct Digital Controls (DDC) system for the facility
  • Plumbing systems
  • Electrical systems complete in place, tested and approved
  • Fire Protection systems
  • Compressed Air and Vacuum System.

National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)

CNST Nanofab Equipment Installation

Gaithersburg, MD

National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) | CNST Nanofab Equipment Installation | Gaithersburg, MD

Setty provided A/E services to design and develop Construction Documents and cost estimates for the installation of equipment in a clean room environment at this facility, following clean room protocols, and the original Advanced Measurement Laboratory (AML) specifications. We provided Post Construction Award Services to review submittals, shop drawings, as-built changes, and *consultation services.

Setty also provided Construction Management services, supervising the installation of specialized laboratory equipment into the Nano-Fabrication facility, including a stress analysis tool, Reynolds Wet Benches, Plasma Etchers, Mask Writer, and Atomic Layer Deposition equipment.*Uupgrades to gas distribution systems and the Toxic Gas Monitoring System, modification to the Ultra pure DI water system, and refitting LN2 distribution, all located in Building 215.


FDA: Beltsville Research Facility

Lab Renovation + Addition

+ BSL-3 Suite Recertification

Beltsville, MD

FDA: Beltsville Research Facility | Lab Renovation + Addition
+ BSL-3 Suite Recertification | Beltsville, MD

Setty completed the concept study and detailed cost estimate for the 4,000 sf addition for a vivarium, and expanded lab and office space at BRF.

The project required significant upgrades to the existing building systems (10,000 sf), as well as internal modifications to support the Core Imaging as a shared resource for several business units at the FDA. Several existing BSL-3 laboratories exhaust systems were also decommissioned and re-configured for use in new laboratory spaces.The project was fast tracked to meet FDA’s budget cycle.

National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)

Campus Wide Fume Hoods

+ AHU Repair

Gaithersburg, MD

National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) | Campus Wide Fume Hoods
+ AHU Repair | Gaithersburg, MD

Naval Research Lab
Building No. A47

Cooling Tower Replacement

Washington, DC

Naval Research Lab, Building No. A47 | Cooling Tower Replacement | 
Washington, DC

The United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is the corporate research laboratory for the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps and conducts a wide range of basic scientific research, applied research, technological development and prototyping. NRL is one of the first US Government scientific R&D laboratories, having opened in 1923 at the instigation of Thomas Edison, and is currently under the Office of Naval Research.

SETTY designed a phased replacement of the three cooling towers to match the existing capacity.  The total designed capacity is 4,500 tons, with the capability of producing a maximum 5,000 tons of heat rejection capacity. 

The Scope of Work included the following:

  • Surveyed existing condenser water systems, chemical treatment system, cooling towers, pumps, cooling tower basin, cooling tower basin heating system and electrical connections.
  • Replaced three existing two-cell cooling towers, having a total capacity of 4,500 tons, with five new 900 ton single- cell towers.
  • Provided catwalk system for servicing of towers.
  • Provided all required piping, pumping and controls.
  • Controls incorporated into existing Siemens Energy Management Controls System (EMCS).
  • Provided new condenser water pumps.
  • Provided detailed phasing scheme.
  • Provided phased design.

Food and Drug Administration
BSL-3 Recertification

Commissioning + Cost Estimation

Irvine, CA

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - BSL-3 Recertification | Commissioning
+ Cost Estimation | Irvine, CA

Pacific Regional Lab Southwest in Irvine, CA is a multi-functional Regional Laboratory performing Import and Domestic work predominantly in the Foods, Drugs, Cosmetics, Veterinary Feeds, and Medical Devices program areas.

The project involved replacement of existing control devices and controls in order to maintain Bio-safety Level Three (BSL-3) lab pressurization requirements as well as interfacing the new controls with the current Siemens Automated Building System (BAS). SETTY provided necessary commissioning for recertification detailing what is necessary to recertify the BSL-3 Suite as well as provided construction cost estimates. After the completion of work by the contractor, the team was involved in the commissioning of the BSL-3 Suite.

National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)

BACnet Master Plan

Gaithersburg, MD

National Institute of Standards & Technology | BACnet Master Plan | 
Gaithersburg, MD

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), known between 1901 and 1988 as the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), is a measurement standards laboratory, also known as a National Metrological Institute (NMI), which is a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce.

Phase I – Master Plan DDC Design for Building 220

  • Developing Master Plan Report for the installation of a BACnet central control and monitoring system (CCMS) for heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems in the main administration building and 18 research laboratory buildings in the campus. 

Phase II – Design of DDC Control System for Building 220 and its Connection to the Master Control System

  • Reviewed existing building plans and control diagrams for the entire building controls in Building 220, and as-built drawings.
  • Building 220 will be main control center for 37 buildings encompassing 480 administrative offices and laboratory modules.
  • Prepared construction drawings and specifications for a complete conversion of existing pneumatic controls to DDC controller for all HVAC equipment in Building 220. This included AHUs, after-coils, exhaust input/output, boilers, and pumps.
  • Prepared cost estimates to replace existing controls and install new DDC, BACnet based building automation systems in building 220.