Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory

Ann Arbor, MI


University of Michigan


Recent renovations to the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, involved fit-outs and upgrades and to the laboratories and roof-top mechanical equipment.

Working closely with the Design Team, Novus provided consultation and detailed evaluations that included:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modelling of fume hood performance and laboratory ventilation;
  • Exhaust Re-entrainment Modelling for improving air quality; and,
  • Environmental Noise Monitoring and Modelling for control of exterior noise impacts.

During initial review of the proposed architectural and mechanical designs, Novus highlighted positive features of the designs as well as identified areas that could be potentially problematic.  CFD simulations were performed and recommendations were made for improving the design and performance of the ventilation system.  To avoid re-entrainment of exhaust emissions back in to the building, specific design recommendations were made and incorporated in to the design.  To ensure compliance with University of Michigan Noise Guidelines, noise monitoring and modelling was conducted to assist with the development of the mechanical design.