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

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 eight air handling units, and approximately one-third of the building’s electrical panelboards.

Phase 3 scope of work included the replacement of two hot/cold deck AHU’s and six single zone AHUs (84,800 CFM total) located in a single mechanical room. MEP’s innovative design replaced the eight existing AHUs with four larger units: two hot deck and two cold deck AHUs. Additionally, six new air terminals were added within the mechanical room to provide zone control to the existing low pressure zone ductwork. The original aged electrical distribution equipment, including panelboards, transformers & branch circuit wiring in the areas served by AHUs, was replaced and the electrical grounding systems was upgraded.

One particularly challenging aspect of this project was the constrained access pathway into mechanical room.  MEP worked closely with equipment suppliers, riggers and UT PMCS to coordinate a unique design approach that insured all materials could be transported into mechanical room without damage to new equipment or to the adjacent finished building spaces.

Project Title:  Townes Hall HVAC Renewal (Phase III)

Project Location:  Austin, Texas

Owner:  The University of Texas at Austin

Project Size:  167,000 SF

Total Project Cost:  $1,830,000

MEP Role:  Prime Consultant

Services Provided:  Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Engineering