Leander ISD Vandegrift High School

This high school, newly constructed in 2010, includes general classrooms, science classrooms, vocational classrooms, and administrative areas.  Common areas include both competition and practice gymnasiums, locker rooms, kitchen/cafeteria, fine arts areas, athletic fields, maintenance building, auditorium, varsity football stadium and a varsity baseball stadium.

HVAC systems included ultra high-efficiency ground-coupled, geothermal heat pumps serving all classroom/teaching areas, and packaged DX rooftop units serving most common areas.  MEP Engineering, Inc. designed and specified all aspects of the geothermal well field and heat pump piping located onsite.  Dedicated outside air is provided by multiple heat recovery units equipped with total energy recovery wheels and chilled water cooling coils.  Chilled water for all outside air units is provided by multiple air-cooled chillers.  DDC controls provide for operation of all HVAC and lighting systems while integrating with the district’s central energy management system.

Electrical systems include lighting and power distribution systems for 480/277 volt service and rough-in for data and communications.  Design of new exterior site security, parking lot lighting, and athletic field lighting was also included.

Project Title:  Vandegrift High School

Project Location:  Austin Texas

Owner:  Leander Independent School District

Project Size:  397,000 SF

Total Project Cost:  $90,200,000

MEP Role:  Subconsultant

Architect:  Fields & Associates Architects

Services Provided:  Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Engineering