Howard University IRB

Owner: Howard University

General Contractor: Turner Construction

Engineer: HDR

Architect: HDR and Lance Bailey & Associates

Project: Emergency standby backup power system for the new Interdisciplinary Research Building (IRB) at Howard University in Washington, DC.

Solution: MTU Onsite Energy 350kW natural gas genset and (4) ASCO 7000 Series automatic transfer switches

Completed: 2016

Emergency standby backup power system for the new Interdisciplinary Research Building (IRB) at Howard University in Washington, DC.

The new Interdisciplinary Research Building (IRB) at Howard University in Washington, DC. will promote interdisciplinary research and educational collaboration, and will provide faculty and students with a 21st century learning environment that incorporates the latest technology and the highest educational and research design standards.

The new 81,600 square foot mixed-use academic building is designed as an energy-efficient (LEED) facility and includes 32,000 sf of wet and dry laboratories, instructional and research support space, ground floor retail and office, multipurpose and meeting spaces, including a 100-seat auditorium.  

As the first new academic building to be constructed on campus in more than 30 years, the IRB embodies the spirit of the university’s academic renewal initiative as detailed in its campus master plan.

Curtis Engine supplied and Turner Construction installed a 350kW natural gas powered generator set, transfer switches, and accessories for the project.

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