Denison University - Samson Talbot Hall of Biology
Granville, OH

Denison University in Granville, Ohio is ranked in the top tier of “America’s Best Colleges” (U.S. News & World Report,), and has one of the oldest college alumni organizations in the country (established in 1846). The university has holdings of approximately 1,200 acres, including a 250 acre main campus, extensive recreational and athletic fields, and a 500 acre Biological Reserve. Dedicated to remaining one of the nation’s top colleges of liberal arts and sciences, Denison University has recently completed a three-year $60,000,000 expansion and construction program. This expansion includes Talbot Hall, a new 60,000 sq. ft. building dedicated to Biological Sciences, will frame the west side of the new Campus Commons project and will provide facilities that reflect advances in molecular biology and biochemistry.

Syska Hennessy Group engineers are providing all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection services for the project as well as a campus-wide central utility master plan and associated design. The innovation and high-visibility of the architectural design as well as the complexity of the program requires intense integration and coordination of the mechanical and electrical systems.

Design engineers are also working in conjunction with laboratory designers and building occupants to provide designs for the teaching and research labs to best suit the needs of faculty and students. MEP systems are being designed to meet the requirements of the state-of-the-art laboratory spaces with flexibility and reserve capacity to meet future needs. Most of the teaching laboratories are designed with flexible bench layouts and overhead services.

Since laboratories are prodigious consumers of natural resources, the design options must reduce the consumption of natural resources and at the same time maintain high contemporary standards of comfort, health and safety, Syska Hennessy Group engineers have incorporated the following green building type design features:

Variable Air Volume (VAV) air distribution system with 100% outside air. Variable hood exhaust with heat recovery system. Indirect occupancy-dependent lighting system. Local, natural gas-fired steam boiler plant for summer service.