University of California, San Diego
(University of California San Diego)
Biomedical Services Building Vivarium Air Handler
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The proposed project would remove and replace one existing air handler unit (AHU-2) at the UC San Diego Biomedical Sciences building. The existing AHU is nearing the end of its useful life. The AHU is located in an existing mechanical space (Room B100) and the new system would be integrated into the existing building energy management control system. The new AHU would be of similar dimensions, and would contain chilled water, heated hot water and ductwork connections similar to the current unit. Scope of work would also include necessary plumbing and electrical work. The new AHU would include Variable Frequency Drives (VFD's) to provide energy cost savings. Scope of work includes new air duct smoke detector devices, which would be connected to the existing buildings fire alarm system. A temporary AHU would be installed for areas affected during construction.
Based on the above project description, the Biomedical Sciences Building Vivarium Air Handler project is classified as exempt from the provisions of CEQA under Section 15302 Replacement or Reconstruction. The projects planning activities fall under Class 2 because the project consists of replacement of an existing utility/facility involving no expansion of capacity. In addition, none of the exceptions to the exemptions apply.