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Maintaining a University consisting of approximately 2 million square feet of building space spread across a campus of over 200 acres is a substantial responsibility. Servicing historic facilities, while at the same time planning for environmentally-responsible new construction to accommodate the future needs of a growing, competitive University cannot be done without a particular type of MEP/FP engineer. Kohler Ronan has been that type of engineer for Fairfield University for nearly 20 years. No matter what the project, the level of expertise, responsiveness, and dedication has been the same: exceptional. In addition to providing excellent engineering design on time and within budget, Kohler Ronan makes all its resources available for the benefit of the University. The firm’s in-house energy analysts have identified and optimized opportunities for increased efficiencies, energy savings, and substantial energy rebates on several occasions. Further, Kohler Ronan not only understands, but shares the University’s vision and goals for each project. As such, they have proven to be not a service provider, but a true partner in improving the Fairfield University experience for its students, faculty, and staff for years to come.

— David Frassinelli, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management, Fairfield University


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Historic Buildings Engineering designs for historically significant and landmark buildings present great challenges and greater opportunities. Individual consideration is given to the selection of each MEP/FP system proposed. Of particular concern are fire safety code requirements and the application of select fire safety systems, such as sprinklers, smoke detection, and fire alarms. These systems can remedy architectural code issues inherent in historic buildings. Within the framework of a college or university, maintaining the integrity of historic architecture is paramount, while at the same time integrating systems and buildings into the larger, often more modern campus. The layout of all system components is critical and closely coordinated at every step of the design process.


The Rotunda, University of Virginia

Kohler Ronan participated in the multi-phase restoration of this historic structure. Our MEP system investigations revealed that equipment and systems were beyond their expected service life and lacked adequate space. In an attempt to accommodate new equipment and reclaim lost program areas, a vault below the west courtyard & fountain, and a below-grade distribution room were designed. These spaces allowed air handling equipment, duct distribution, and piping to be located outside of program space. Systems efficiencies, serviceability, and integration into the building’s historic fabric were achieved. 6

Location: Charlottesville, VA Architect: John G. Waite Associates, Architects 7


Location: Fairfield, CT Architect: Centerbrook Architects & Planners

Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield University

The University Museum contains many pieces on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and its Cloisters Collection. As such, the space is subject to The Met’s stringent environment requirements. Designing mechanical systems to ensure the maintenance of proper air temperature and humidity levels was thus critical to the project. Additional challenges of converting this 1920s lower level into a suitable gallery included the provision of appropriate museum-quality lighting and associated controls, as well as the integration of life-safety systems within this previously unoccupied space. 9



Academic Buildings The professionals and staff at Kohler Ronan understand the move away from traditional, lecture-style room arrangements in favor of more collaborative and interactive learning environments. This shift has affected significant changes in the architecture and systems design of classrooms, seminar spaces, computer labs, and all learning settings. Indoor air quality, effective lighting, and thermal comfort have become increasingly important, but the increased demand for technology design in support of interactive learning environments is perhaps the most striking. Kohler Ronan’s design and engineering services strive to meet the educational institution’s needs for function in a manner which is supportive and contributory to the learning process. Thoughtful systems design encourages effective learning, dynamic instruction, active collaboration, and lively interaction between students and teachers.


Location: Hartford, CT Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects 12

UConn Hartford, University of Connecticut

After nearly a dozen years of vacancy, the stately, 95-year-old Hartford Times Building was restored and incorporated into The University of Connecticut’s new Hartford campus development via a three-story, naturally-lit atrium and five-story academic tower. The new 220,000 square-foot facility accommodates classrooms, common spaces, academic department offices, science labs, student cafÊ/casual dining areas, and retail spaces. Critical to the project are sustainable design elements such as energy and water conservation; the project is pursuing LEED Gold Certification. 13

Hancock Center, Marist College

Named after Marist Trustee Ellen Hancock, The Hancock Center houses the School of Computer Science & Mathematics, the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, and the International Education and Marist Abroad programs. Kohler Ronan’s team of engineers worked to provide the new, 57,664 square-foot technologies facility with optimal MEP/FP systems including sustainable elements such as demand controlled ventilation, energy-efficient lighting, and daylight harvesting. These efficiency measures result in substantial, on-going energy savings for the University. 14

Location: Poughkeepsie, NY Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects 15


Location: New Haven, CT Architect: Charney Architects

Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University

The three historic buildings housing these important ISPS programs were in need of renovations, as well as a new addition to provide more program space and improve circulation. Kohler Ronan was retained to provide related MEP design services. The 7,400-square-foot addition accommodates meeting and seminar rooms, lecture halls, and several faculty offices. The new building connects the previously distinct buildings at 77 Prospect Street and 89 Trumbull Street, making a more cohesive facility. Our engineers equipped the addition with energy-efficient air-conditioning and new normal and alternate electrical services from the campus distribution systems. 17



Media & Resource Centers Today’s library is not just a repository for collections of old books, rather it is a modern research and interactive resource center featuring materials in a multitude of media. Engineering and design services must accommodate the ever-growing needs of the modern collegiate library, while systems must preserve delicate library holdings and maintain a comfortable environment for staff, students, and visiting scholars. Conservation-quality climate and moisture control is essential for archival materials and rare book storage; innovative lighting design must afford proper viewing of materials without risking their damage; and technology design must accommodate multiple computer stations, online catalogues, Wi-Fi demand, and more. Kohler Ronan has substantial expertise in designing systems for this quintessential university building.


John Hay Library, Brown University

A primary focus of this renovation was to return the main reading room to its original grandeur while at the same time improving its functionality for the University’s current and future needs. The scope included the reconfiguration of the entry, improved circulation, expanded and dedicated study spaces, a separate special collections area, an enhanced exhibition gallery, seminar spaces, a student lounge, and wheel chair access. Kohler Ronan designed MEP systems incorporating a centralized humidification system, new HVAC controls, repairs to ventilation systems, and updated electrical and lighting. 20

Location: Providence, RI Architect: Selldorf Architects 21


Location: New Haven, CT Architect: Oak Park Architects/Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture

Hilton C. Buley Library, SCSU

Kohler Ronan provided extensive MEP/FP and technology design in support of this 97,000 square-foot renovation at Southern Connecticut State University. The renovated library includes numerous and varied spaces such as an art gallery, media collections, reading area, cyber cafe, computer lab, lounge, email stations, reference & IT help desks, seminar space, tutoring center, and offices. Our team designed engineering systems incorporating previously purchased equipment, as well as a new chiller, cooling tower, and several air handlers. Precision control of humidity and temperature is a critical factor for the University’s rare book collection. 23



Science & Health Facilities Healthcare is an industry subject to stringent regulations and complex challenges on a daily basis. Medical training facilities in medical schools, nursing schools, and university science departments are subject to many of the same challenges. Air temperature, pressure, ventilation, and air quality are key factors in spaces dedicated to biology, biomedical sciences, medical technology, and environmental sciences. Included in these disciplines are simulation rooms, vivariums, gross anatomy suites, and the like. From a mechanical engineering standpoint, all of these space types require specific airflow rates, pressure relationships, and temperature setpoints. In order to achieve the necessary conditions for each specific room type, as well as to provide occupant comfort, Kohler Ronan offers time proven and technologically sophisticated systems solutions. Code compliant documents that meet both the institution’s standards and those of the applicable Department of Health are essential.


Location: Poughkeepsie, NY Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects 26

Science and Allied Health Building, Marist College

Housed across three floors of an attractive, gray stone building are programs including Athletic Training, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Medical Technology, as well as Environmental Science and a Physician’s Assistant program. Several simulation rooms, laboratory spaces, a vivarium, and a gross anatomy suite are incorporated. From a mechanical engineering perspective, all of these spaces require specific airflow rates, pressure relationships, and temperature setpoints. Kohler Ronan’s design incorporates layers of integrated mechanical systems to meet the stringent space requirements and ensure occupant comfort. 27

Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, Fairfield University

Our engineers provided the essential MEP/FP designs for this 50,000 square-foot, four-story addition and two-story connector to the original facility constructed in 1977. Recently opened to students, the building includes a new entry appropriate for the campus, as well as transparent labs and simulation spaces highlighting the program. Engineering systems address and support flexibility within the laboratories, stateof-the-art data and imaging technologies, and distance and computer-based learning. 28

Location: Fairfield, CT Architect: Newman Architects 29



Arts Venues Often the focal point of arts and culture on campus, performing arts venues are much valued centers of cultural events for the surrounding community as well. In designing engineering systems for these arts venues, Kohler Ronan’s team considers the architectural framework, acoustics, theatrical vision, and desired atmosphere within the space. Driven by these considerations, we carefully select and design systems to perform to the high standards of the university itself. Key components are flexibility, efficiency, and invisibility. Systems must not compromise the architectural or theatrical vision within the space, but seek to enhance the visitor’s experience by providing a peaceful space in which to listen and visualize — uninterrupted by the impact of engineering.


Location: Las Cruces, NM Architect: Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture 32

Center for the Arts, New Mexico State University

The result of a master plan and larger vision to revitalize the surrounding community, The Center for the Arts was completed in 2010 and achieved LEED Gold Certification. Our engineers and designers worked closely with the architects and the University’s internal facilities and construction staff to comply with the rigid energy performance standard of one-half the average energy consumption for that building type, as defined by the US Department of Energy. The modern arts complex is a fitting addition to New Mexico State University. 33

László Z. Bitó ‘60 Conservatory Building, Bard College

The László Z. Bitó ‘60 Conservatory Building addition spans three floors and consists of approximately 19,300 square feet. The program allows for a 150-seat recital hall, practice studios, general-use classrooms, faculty offices, a student lounge, and instrument storage. From an engineering perspective, achieving uncompromised acoustical performance and humidification control was of the utmost importance. Our engineers selected the MEP/FP equipment carefully and designed its layout in adherence to stringent criteria. Students and faculty are now creating beautiful music in the comfort of this equally beautiful new space. 34

Location: Annandale-on-Hudson, NY Architect: Deborah Berke Architects


Location: Danbury, CT Architect: Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture 36

Visual & Performing Arts Center, WCSU

This award-winning, LEED Silver, Connecticut High Performance Building project consists of 134,000 square feet incorporating a 350-seat proscenium theater, a 350-seat concert hall, and a rehearsal studio. Additionally, student workshops, a scene shop, a dark room, and a metal shop are state of the art. Our engineers and energy analysts sought to design the most efficient systems possible for Western Connecticut State University. Features include low ozone depleting and global warming potential refrigerants. Demand control ventilation, energy recovery plates, displacement ventilation, and thermal ice storage are utilized to create further energy savings. 37



Residential Life Whether freshmen dormitories, on- or off-campus senior apartments, or graduate student residence halls, university residential buildings require special attention from the consulting engineer. Systems design must accommodate the varied needs of the student occupants in flux each year. These halls are frequently in use throughout the summer for alumni events, high school enrichment programs, and sports camps. Facilities must also afford a variety of living arrangements: singles, doubles, triples, suites. They must also provide communal meeting spaces, study areas, lavatories, and, in many cases, incorporate fitness rooms and kitchen facilities. Energy efficiency and sustainability across all campus buildings are primary considerations; this is particularly true of residence halls. Finally, student safety and security are always paramount.


Location: Fairfield, CT Architect: Centerbrook Architects & Planners 40

Jorge Bergoglio Residence Hall, Sacred Heart University

Named after Pope Francis, this new, 87,000 square-foot, three-story dormitory accommodates 216 student beds, with 4-bedroom suites creating neighborhoods which share small lounges, kitchens, and other amenities. The three-story entry lounge provides a warm welcome to guests, while creating a space where students can gather around a large 12-foot-wide, bluestone, gas fireplace. Additional features include a fully-equipped fitness center and activities room highlighted by a unique 5-foot-high by 18-foot-wide high-definition video wall for gaming, television, and presentations. 41

CDE Residence Hall, Williams College

Williams College students are enjoying the recently opened Center for Development Economics (CDE) Residence Hall. The facility is a two-story, 30-bedroom residence offering private living space for the students, away from the heavily trafficked academic, administrative, and social spaces of the main CDE building, Saint Anthony Hall. Kohler Ronan provided comprehensive MEP/FP designs for the new 17,000 square-foot facility. The CDE Residence Hall was designed to meet the Net-Zero Energy Petal of the Living Building Challenge and was insulated and sealed to Passive House standards. 42

Location: Williamstown, MA Architect: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects



Location: Carlisle, PA Architect: Deborah Berke Partners

High Street Residence Hall, Dickinson College

This is the first dorm that Dickinson College has built on its historic campus in more than thirty years. Recently completed, the 40,500 square foot building accommodates approximately 125 students in a modern, light-filled space that is in perfect union with the existing structures. It was the owner’s intent to establish new construction standards regarding sustainability for ‘sociable’ and un-programmed space for future housing. The building’s LEED Platinum certification points to success in achieving those standards. In addition to designing MEP systems for this residence, Kohler Ronan provided Information Technology and Security systems. 45




Dining Services Optimizing comfort for operations, in some cases, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is critical for an active college or university campus. With a variety of dining plans available to students, a variety of dining options must also be made available to meet students’ dietary needs and hectic schedules. Whether a cafÊ, grill, cafeteria, or restaurant, our team is experienced in meeting the needs of commercial kitchens, serveries, and associated spaces. Close coordination with the architect and the kitchen equipment consultant is a must to ensure that engineering systems support the kitchen equipment selected, as well as meet the corresponding demands on electric and gas utilities. Effective venting, sizing, and location of mechanical equipment are key factors in allowing the facility to continuously perform as needed.


Location: New Britain, CT Architect: TSKP Studio

Hilltop Cafe, Central Connecticut State University

Hilltop Cafe is a brand new dining facility for Central Connecticut State University. The facility’s three dining rooms, equipped with projection and AV equipment, allow for dining as well as social gatherings and campus events. Kohler Ronan’s MEP/FP designs comply with guidelines for existing campus facilities and the CT High Performance Building Standard. Energy saving strategies include variable volume kitchen hood exhaust, day lighting control, demand control ventilation, a condensing boiler, and dual variable air volume rooftop units designed to track load as population and demand vary. 49

Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, DSU

Making the Delaware State University student center a campus hub is the firstfloor dining facility with grill-type menu. Other occupants are a 7,656 square-foot ballroom, the campus bookstore, The Hornet student paper, mail services, lounge area with stage, and flexible multi-purpose rooms. In collaboration with the design team, Kohler Ronan designed systems in keeping with the University’s sustainability goals. Features include a natural ventilation system, large overhangs to reduce heat consumption, and lightly-colored roofs to reduce solar gain. Finally, regional, natural, and salvaged materials were utilized during the facility’s construction. 50

Location: Dover, DE Architect: Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture 51



Recreation Complexes A definite hub on campus is the recreation complex. Often these facilities accommodate not only college athletic teams and recreational sports, but also the general student population as well as faculty, staff, and alumni visitors. Of primary concern in these facilities is occupant comfort, air quality, and availability of hot water. Maintaining the appropriate temperatures within the various spaces is the key to occupant comfort as one moves from a pool to a locker room, and then to spin class or a gymnasium. Additionally, exhaust systems must perform optimally throughout the space, particularly in locker rooms and pool areas. Effective communication is needed with the entire project team so that engineering systems support the facilities’ equipment and the envisioned demands on electrical systems, hot water, and mechanical systems.


Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreation Complex, Fairfield University

The existing Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreation Complex was in need of renovations, as well as an addition to accommodate the University’s growing and future needs. Kohler Ronan joined the project team and provided comprehensive mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and technology design services to support an elevated jogging track, fully-renovated locker rooms, and a 3-story, 2,800 square-foot addition housing a brand new, state-of-the-art fitness center. Our team conducted whole building energy simulations to determine incentives for United Illuminating’s Energy Conscious Blueprint-Whole Building Performance Initiative Program. 54

Location: Fairfield, CT Architect: Newman Architects 55

Location: Dover, DE Architect: Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture 56

Wellness & Recreation Center, Delaware State University

The two-story facility consists of 72,000 square feet of new and renovated space including activity areas, court gymnasiums, fitness and weight training areas, an elevated track, locker rooms, and lounges. One highlight of the complex is a 14,000 square-foot, state–of–the art strength and conditioning facility, while another, completed in a subsequent phase of the project, consists of a custom swimming pool adjoining the Wellness Center. Kohler Ronan provided extensive MEP/ FP designs for all the interconnected Wellness Center buildings. A central plant for boilers and domestic water heaters was designed to best serve the complex. 57

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS Cover Pages © Anna Wesolowska/www.photographerhedman.com (Front Cover, Front Interior, and Back Interior Covers)

Center for the Arts, New Mexico State University © Anna Wesolowska/www.photographerhedman.com (pages 30-33)

The Rotunda, University of Virginia © Anna Wesolowska/www.photographerhedman.com (pages 4-7)

László Z. Bitó ‘60 Conservatory Building, Bard College © Anna Wesolowska/www.photographerhedman.com (pages 34-35)

Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield University © Anna Wesolowska/www.photographerhedman.com (pages 8-9)

Visual & Performing Arts Center, Western Connecticut State University © Anna Wesolowska/www.photographerhedman.com (pages 36-37)

UConn Hartford, University of Connecticut © Peter Aaron/OTTO for Robert A.M. Stern (pages 12-13) Hancock Center, Marist College © Anna Wesolowska/www.photographerhedman.com (pages 2, 10-11, 14-15, 59) Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University Courtesy of Charney Architects (pages 16-17) John Hay Library, Brown University © Warren Jagger Photography (pages 20-21) Hilton C. Buley Library, Southern Connecticut State University © Anna Wesolowska/www.photographerhedman.com (pages 18-19, 22-23) Science and Allied Health Building, Marist College © Anna Wesolowska/www.photographerhedman.com (pages 24-27) Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, Fairfield University © Robert Benson (pages 28-29)


Jorge Bergoglio Residence Hall, Sacred Heart University © Peter Aaron/OTTO (pages 38-41) CDE Residence Hall, Williams College © 2018 Francis Dzikowski/OTTO (pages 42-43) High Street Residence Hall, Dickinson College © Chris Cooper (pages 44-45) Hilltop Cafe, Central Connecticut State University Courtesy of TSKP Studio (pages 46-49) Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, Delaware State University © Tom Kessler (pages 50-51) Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreation Complex, Fairfield University © Anna Wesolowska/www.photographerhedman.com (pages 52-55) Wellness & Recreation Center, Delaware State University © Tom Kessler (pages 56-57)


KOHLER RONAN CONSULTING ENGINEERS From our offices in New York, New York and Danbury, Connecticut, our team of over 50 professionals collaborates with prominent architectural firms on a wide array of regional and nationally-recognized project assignments. Commissions include those for world-renowned museums, fine and performing arts centers, prestigious universities, state-of-the-art educational facilities, luxury residences, and recreation establishments. Additionally, we have the privilege of designing specialty systems for landmark sites and historically-significant buildings across the country.

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