University of Texas at Austin – Townes Hall HVAC Renewal (Phase I)

Originally constructed in 1952, Townes Hall is home to the University of Texas School of Law.  MEP Engineering, Inc. served as the prime professional service provider on this project to replace six air handling units, two building chilled water pumps, the main electrical distribution panel, and approximately one-third of the electrical panelboards.

MEP performed an initial facilities programming report to evaluate a number of options for upgrading the aging HVAC and electrical systems.  As part of this study, it was determined that a three-phase implementation of AHU replacements would be needed to completely renew all fifteen existing AHU systems.

Phase 1 scope of work included the replacement of five legacy multi-zone and constant-volume AHUs with six variable speed AHU systems (57,000 CFM total), including preconditioning outside air coils for improved humidity control within the building.  MEP worked closely with the UT Project Manager and the Building Manager to develop outage phasing plans as part of the bid documents, limiting both HVAC & electrical building outages, as well as costly off-hour contractor work requirements.

Project Title:  Townes Hall HVAC Renewal (Phase I)

Project Location:  Austin, Texas

Owner:  University of Texas at Austin

Project Size:  167,000 SF

Total Project Cost:  $1,690,000

MEP Role:  Prime Consultant

Services Provided:  Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Engineering