A New York City building will be transformed into a biotech research facility as part of ASHRAE’s 2007 Student Design Competition.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers is looking for students to select and design an HVACR system to turn a distribution facility for a package delivery company into a biotech research building complete with labs, office space, equipment and mechanical penthouse space.

The competition also includes an architectural category for which students can submit designs for an 11,700-square-foot addition to the existing building.

The goals for the HVAC system selection and design include low life-cycle cost, low environmental impact, comfort, health, creative high-performance “green” design and “synergy” with architecture.

The competition recognizes outstanding student design projects and encourages undergraduate students to become involved in the profession. Student design teams may compete in one or more of the three categories: HVACR system selection, HVACR system design and architectural design. All team members must be enrolled in an undergraduate program during the semester they contribute to the design. Graduate students are not eligible.

The deadline for entries is May 4. For more information, visit the student section at www.ashrae.org.