UT-Austin – Winship Drama Building HVAC & Electrical Renewal





Originally constructed in 1961, F. Loren Winship Drama Building is home to the UT Department of Theater and Dance. The university’s project goal was to replace/renew all major mechanical and electrical systems within the building over three summer construction phases. MEP Engineering, Inc. served as the prime professional service provider.

  • Phase 1 scope included the replacement of all existing electrical distribution, alongside the two main 12.5kV transformers, double-ended switchgear, ATS and select main feeder and branch circuit panelboards.
  • Phase 2 scope included replacement of three air handling units, as well as the existing chilled water piping, steam piping, and piping appurtenances, which were reconfigured based on the new unit structure. MEP also replaced sump pumps, a domestic hot water generator, and updated electrical room ventilation. Additional scope included upgrades to portions of electrical service, branch circuit panels, VFDs, branch circuit wiring, and LED lighting improvements.
  • Phase 3 scope included removal of four existing air handlers, located on a small, cramped platform, and replacing them with a new roof mounted air handler and steam reheat terminal. This phase also replaced two AHUs in a crowded basement with a new double duct, field-constructed unit.

MEP developed construction phasing plans to allow multiple summer dance camps to proceed with minimal effect on youth campers or the construction schedule.

Project Title:  Winship Drama Bldg. HVAC & Elect. Renewal

Project Location:  Austin, Texas

Owner:  University of Texas at Austin

Project Size:  108,000 SF

Total Project Cost:  $6,273,305 (All Phases)

MEP Role:  Prime Consultant

Services Provided:  Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing