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Designed by Stanford Downey Architects Inc.
Photo by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography
Pharma Medica is a three-storey clinical trial facility that contains sleeping, dining, and living quarters for subjects, a screening office, support offices, and a commercial kitchen. The building contains six separate clinics with additional expansion space shelled out for four future clinics.
The building is served by variable air volume roof top units with enthalpy recovery wheels to pre-treat the high volume of ventilation air required to serve the clinics with the energy recovered from the sanitary exhaust. The mechanical penthouse contains a central boiler plant, a domestic hot water heating plant, and a diesel generator. The domestic hot water storage heaters provide heating water for the commercial kitchen and numerous showers that support the clinics. Provisions have been made to connect the domestic hot water plant to a solar domestic hot water pre-heat system in the future.
The emergency power system consists of a bi-fuel (diesel oil and natural gas) generator and large diesel storage tanks that allow the entire facility to operate for two weeks at full capacity in case of a city-wide power black out.