Butler University’s Renovation With Filtered Fume Hoods, 3 Years Later

November 20, 2014
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time


In the fall of 2011, Butler University surprised many in the lab design domain by installing 27 filtering fume hoods in their organic chemistry and general chemistry teaching laboratories at Gallahue Hall. The renovation project addressed several shortcomings due to building age and substantial growth within the chemistry program. Now, three years later, the instructors, students, and facilities personnel continue to be thrilled with the performance of the labs and filtering fume hoods.

James Hill of BSA LifeStructures and Kenneth Crooks of Erlab will present the many lessons learned during and after the fast-track renovation project. The presenters will share the maintenance costs, performance over time of the filtering fume hoods, and peer benchmarking metrics.

The presentation will also include onsite interviews with the instructors and facility personnel that were conducted to collect both qualitative and quantitative data.

View this webinar to:

  • Review lessons learned in a fast-track lab renovation project including changing storage needs, lab bench spacing when occupancy more than doubles and how to react when a project comes in under budget.
  • Assess and plan for the design and operational impacts, both positive and negative, of using filtering fume hoods.
  • Calculate the operational costs of tripling the total linear feet of fume hood sash length while significantly reducing the total exhaust.
  • Explore feedback from lab users after the project was completed.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

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Instructor Biographies

Jim Hill provides leadership to the laboratory design studio with an expertise in the planning, programming, design, and management of science and research facilities. He adds value to his clients' projects through a broad understanding of the technical issues, support systems, and emerging trends associated with complex laboratory environments. Working collaboratively within the interdisciplinary laboratory studio, his team has created several high-performance LEED certified and registered facilities.

Ken Crooks has more than 25 years of experience in commercial and industrial HVAC industries. He is Director of GreenFumeHood Technology at Erlab in Rowley, Massachusetts, which produces world-leading research-grade filtering technologies for fume hoods and laboratories. Previously, Ken worked at Phoenix Controls, Aircuity, and Munters Corporation. Ken is a member of ASHRAE, I2SL and SCUP, serves as Vice-Chair on the SEFA Board of Directors. His education includes Northeastern and Lesley University.


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