Alexandria, VA

VTS Bishop Payne Library Renovations

Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection (MEP/FP) Engineering

Originally constructed in the 1960s with a 1970s expansion, Bishop Payne Library was in need of modernization to meet 21st-century learning and teaching methods. The project goal was to create interactive and technologically sophisticated spaces for teaching, researching, learning, and gathering.

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This project features a modernized main stacks area, rare book collections, archives, research areas, high-density shelving, and flexible meeting rooms.

2RW conducted a comprehensive systems assessment to determine the renovation impact to the existing MEP/FP systems and developed system recommendations. 2RW provided subsequent MEP/FP design for:

  • An energy-efficient hydronic HVAC system with connection into campus utilities and an independent HVAC system dedicated to the rare book collection area with specific temperature and humidy controls and monitoring
  • Variable Air Volume (VAV) controls and Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) strategies
  • LED lighting with digital lighting controls to allow preset scene programming for multi-purpose spaces
  • Integration of updated Building Automation System (BAS) to the central campus BAS for monitoring and automated alerts
  • Emergency power distribution system, a uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system, and an invertor for emergency lighting systems
  • The new HVAC system, connected to the central campus utilities, allows additional electrical capacity to serve the new learning environments; simplifies maintenance; and improves the building efficiency and thermal comfort.
  • The temperature and humidity controls for the special collections and historic archive areas accommodates the conservation and preservation of collections and enables VTS to house a large, nationally recognized collection of premier African American religious text.
Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection (MEP/FP) Engineering

OWNER: Virginia Theological Seminary

TIMEFRAME: 2019 – 2021

SIZE: 34,500 SF

COST: Confidential