BP Research Campus, Building 307

Naperville, IL

BP, Naperville campus


GBA provided engineering design services at the 19,300-square-foot pilot plant located on a 180-acre industrial research campus in suburban Chicago. Modifications to the building created partitioned fire zones. This project provided active zone pressure control of these fire zones, representing a critical upgrade to the life safety systems of the building.

Life Safety Systems HVAC Modifications, Engineering Design

  • Zone pressure control was achieved by adding zone pressure differential sensors between the separate fire zones, adding variable frequency drives to the exhaust fans, and upgrading the local building automation controllers.
  • The systems can now modulate variable frequency drives based on measured pressure differentials in the space.
  • Sheet metal modifications to improve system balancing were specified, including the addition of manual volume dampers to existing exhaust ducts.
  • Architectural improvements to the building exterior wall included sealing of holes in walls and specification of tighter exterior doors to reduce the infiltration and improve space temperatures.
  • In addition to the design, GBA provided final system commissioning via functional performance testing.

View More Projects

Interested in learning more about how GBA can assist with your facility objectives? Our portfolio is a great place to start. 

Skyscraper board room

430 N. Michigan (Realtor Building)

A large-scale vertical expansion called on GBA's analytical, design, and commissioning skills.

Hallway with rehab equipment

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Pediatric & DayRehab Center

This outpatient center serves children and adults; GBA provided engineering design services for the adaptive reuse project.

Exterior of Todd Building, University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky, Lee T. Todd, Jr. Building

An ASHRAE Level 1 audit,  retro-commissioning, and a lab ventilation assessment improved sustainability.