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JHU Wilmer Eye Institute


The Wilmer Eye Institute has a worldwide reputation as a premier medical research and patient eye care center. In keeping with this mission, The Johns Hopkins Hospital realized the need for expanding its facilities for doctors, scientists, students and patients to continue exploring their knowledge and understanding of ophthalmic care. The addition of the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Building created the most modern ophthalmic surgical facility and vision research center in the world.

RMF provided the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and security systems design for the new six-story, 210,000 GSF Wilmer Eye Institute research and clinical center that supports research of macular degeneration.  The building consolidates researchers that were functioning in six different buildings.  The new institute provides state of the art laboratory, treatment and clinical space while promoting interaction between scientists.

Engineering Highlights

  • 300,000 CFM of air handling capacity serving both clinical and lab spaces.
  • Lab air handling units contain energy recovery wheels that effectively reduce peak cooling and heating loads by 50%.
  • All exhaust fans are high dilution strobic air fans designed to prevent re-entrainment issues with the surrounding buildings.
  • Dedicated rooftop dilution fans serve general and specialized exhaust needs.
  • Systems include clean steam generation for humidification, reverse osmosis systems supporting sterile glassware washing, separate laboratory and clinical air and vacuum systems, and a split zone domestic and laboratory water heating system.
  • Structurally designed to accommodate an additional two floors of vertical expansion.
  • Optimized Building Envelope.
  • Variable Volume Laboratory supply and exhaust air systems.
  • Maximum use of daylighting.
  • Variable Speed Controllers for HVAC System.
  • Energy Recovery Wheels or Coils for Air Handling Units.
  • High Efficiency Lighting for ASHRAE Standard 90.1-1.
  • Extensive Life Cycle Cost and Energy Analysis to Justify Design Concepts.

Services Provided


12 Locations
9 States
250+ Employees

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  • Albany, NY
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD (headquarters)
  • Boston, MA
  • Charleston, SC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Columbus, OH
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Salisbury, MD
  • Sarasota, FL
  • State College, PA
  • York, PA
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