University of Georgia
Veterinary Medical Anatomy Laboratory
Salas O’Brien provided mechanical engineering design for the HVAC renovation of an Anatomy Laboratory in the university’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Athens, Georgia.
The University of Georgia (UGA) was founded in 1785, and it is the country’s oldest state-chartered university. Located in charming Athens, Georgia, an hour northeast of Atlanta, the school’s main campus headquarters its 17 colleges and schools—among them its nationally and internationally recognized College of Veterinary Medicine. Started in 1946, this highly competitive branch of the University enrolls just 114 of its approximately 1,000 applicants each year, and it is the only public veterinary college with a international certificate program.
When the university decided to conduct a renovation of the HVAC systems servicing an Anatomy Laboratory in their cutting-edge Veterinary Teaching Hospital facility on the Athens campus, they requested that Salas O’Brien provide mechanical engineering design services to support the transition.
The HVAC system originally served the whole building, but this project restructured the system so that it would serve only the Anatomy Laboratory. The design added two exhaust fans which turn on and remove formaldehyde and phenol fumes from the lab area when fume levels become too high for the space.
As a result of the renovation, the laboratory meets and exceed the HVAC requirements for its purpose. Our work helped ensure the areas systems operate safely and efficiently, and the end result is a highly functional space for students and researchers.