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Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron

Prototyping Laboratory

Project Details

PTA Engineering provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing design services for the 48,000 square foot renovation in this existing 1917 building. The project area covered the lower four floors of the existing seven-story building, located at the north end of Downtown Akron. The building serves as the anchor for Akron’s Biomedical Corridor. The renovated spaces included a tiered auditorium, a bio-skills lab with a teaching station and 7 operating tables, multi-bed simulation spaces for ICU, triage, obstetric and one operating room. These simulation areas utilize both wired and wireless simulation manikins. All simulation and training spaces are served by observation areas with full AV communication and monitoring. The project design also included a new central mechanical cooling and heating plant. The new plant included complete replacement of the building’s chiller plant and cooling infrastructure, as well as installation of a new high efficiency hot water boiler plant that replaced the city steam building heating infrastructure that was in use. A custom, 50,000 CFM central station air handling unit was designed to serve the renovated areas.





Akron, OH


Research & Laboratory


48,000 SF

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