University of Texas at Austin – Jackson Geological Building HVAC Replacement

MEP Engineering, Inc. served as the Prime Professional Service Provider on this project to replace four air handling units (230,100 CFM total), two building chilled water pumps, DDC controls, the main electrical service gear and primary transformers, and existing panelboards.  Additional scope of work included replacement of building laboratory exhaust fans (57,525 CFM total), new Phoenix lab controls additional electrical capacity for select Level 5 and 6 laboratories, and improvements to the outside air system to correct negative building pressurization issues.

Originally constructed in 1967, Jackson Geological Sciences Building is home to the UT Jackson School of Geosciences.  MEP performed an initial facilities programming report to evaluate a number of options for upgrading the aging infrastructure.  Based on this study, it was determined that more than a direct replacement was needed to allow for future growth.  MEP developed an innovate redesign of the building HVAC and electrical systems, reconfiguring the gear layouts and creating a new mezzanine level for installation of hot deck air handling units above the new cold deck air handling units.

Project Title:  Jackson Geological Building HVAC & Electrical Renewal

Project Location:  Austin, Texas

Owner:  University of Texas at Austin

Project Size:  152,000 SF

Total Project Cost:  $5,100,000

Services Provided:  Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Engineering

MEP Role:  Prime Consultant