This project upgraded the existing water line system.
As part of the project, approximately 9,700 feet of trenching was
excavated in order to replace the old piping system
with new pipes. In addition to new pipes, two 10,000 gallon
underground storage tanks were installed to allow an
adequate supply of water on site for fire suppression.
A pumping station was added to supply water for the storage tanks. The
existing well, well pump, and 5,000-gallon underground holding tank remained in place and
are serving the new
system. The new water line was hooked into most of the existing water spigots
on site, but a few spigots were abandoned. Several new fire hydrants
were installed near the buildings as part of the fire suppression
The Blandy Field Lab provides approximately 3,900 gsf of flexible efficient field lab space.
The laboratory building includes two controlled environmental rooms, a fume hood room,
outdoor processing areas, an equipment room, a large shared laboratory and two private
laboratories a conference room, and basic support spaces. The design is in keeping with
vernacular farm buildings typical of the area. The large shared lab and the conference
room have storefront glazing. The mechanical systems support one fume hood on start
up with the potential to add another. The building runs on high efficiency split system
heat pumps for heating and cooling. One pass air has been limited to the fume hood
room to keep the building energy use and costs lower.