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UNT Physics Building Renovation
Location: Denton, Texas
Building Sq. Ft.: 67,753
Completion Date: February 2014
Final Construction Cost: $3,500,000
 
UNT Physics Building Renovation

FAI was commissioned by UNT to do an evaluation of the MEP systems infrastructure of the existing Physics Building. The purpose of this phase of the commission is to identify the building MEP systems existing site conditions and to evaluate and recommend the most suitable design for repair, renovation, or replacement of any deficiencies discovered.

FAI upgraded the existing MEP systems within the Physics Building. The systems to be upgraded included but were not limited to the following: Air Handling Units, Pumps, Hydronic Piping, Main Distribution Panels, Variable Air Volume Boxes, and the Building Control System.

The renovation also included addition of a new rooftop air handling unit that required a special vibration isolation curb. This was done to reduce building vibration issues as they relate to laser use.

The existing system upgrades were phased in order to keep the building operational throughout the construction process. The projected total area of renovation work was 67,753 gross sq. ft.


UNT Biology Building Renovation
Location: Denton, Texas
Building Sq. Ft.: 99,644
Completion Date: March 2011
Final Construction Cost: $3,850,000
 
UNT Biology Building Renovation

The UNT Biology building is a four-story structure that was first commissioned circa 1965. The original design for this building was completed by one of FAI’s predecessor companies, Yandell, Cowen, Love, & Jackson Inc.

FAI’s involvement in this project began in 2005 with the Programming Phase. The first major task of this phase was to identify the building’s MEP deficiencies. This information was then used to develop the overall scope of the construction phases of the project. Construction options were recommended for prioritizing the work required to correct the identified deficiencies. A project schedule was developed to satisfy the Owner’s multi-year budget requirements.

At the completion of the programming phase FAI was selected as the prime professional to provide the required detailed MEP designs and to manage the construction phases of the project. The budget for this construction work was $3.85 million. The work was divided into two phases.

Phase I included the removal and replacement of the electrical switchgear, medium voltage power transformers, new electrical feeders to existing panel locations, and the replacement of all subpanels. The removal and replacement of the existing 900 ton cooling tower, condenser water pumps, condenser water piping, and controls was also included in this phase. The Phase I work was divided into two bid packages.

Phase II included the removal and replacement of the existing air handling units on the third and fourth floors, replacement of all fume hood fans, replacement of all VAV boxes, upgrade and replacement of building controls, and complete building test and balance and recommissioning. The Phase II final construction cost including alternates was estimated at $2,634,373. The actual contractor bid for the work was $2,032,257.

FAI Engineers has an excellent track record with UNT, dating to the 1950’s.


SFA Power Plant No. 1 Energy Upgrades
Location: Nacogdoches, Texas
Building Sq. Ft.:
Completion Date:
Final Construction Cost: $1,100,000
 
SFA Power Plant No. 1 Energy Upgrades

This project included conversion of thirteen (13) connected academic buildings and residence halls to a centralized chilled water and heating water system. Rearrangement of chilled water piping within the 3,600 ton existing Power Plant I was re-designed and re-routed. The project also included modification of chilled water and heating water control valves, and replacement of various chilled water and heating water building pumps. Each pump was equipped with a VFD to provide improved performance and efficiency.


UTA Engineering Lab Addition
Location: Arlington, Texas
Building Sq. Ft.: 43,000
Completion Date: July 2009
Final Construction Cost: $27,500,000
 
UTA Engineering Lab Addition

This project included the renovation and expansion of the engineering lab building at the University of Texas at Arlington. The unique project scope included the addition of a complete third floor to the existing two-story lab building, a remodel of half of the first floor, and partial remodel of the second floor. The project was divided into several phases that allowed the entire lab to remain in full operation at all times during the construction.

Another major challenge of this project was the requirement that the entire building (new addition and renovated spaces) satisfy State Energy Budget Guidelines. FAI performed energy budget building modeling analysis to develop a design that satisfies ASHRAE Standard 90.1 as well as interface with ASHRAE Standard 62.1.

FAI served as the MEP Engineer for this project.


UTEP Computer Science Building MEP Renovations
Location: El Paso, Texas
Building Sq. Ft.: 2,000
Completion Date: June 2010
Final Construction Cost: $212,075
 
UTEP Computer Science Building MEP Renovations

FAI Engineers served as the prime professional for this renovation project that included relocation of the existing computer lab to another part of the building, remodeling an existing office area to house a new computer server room, and add a new electrical service and computer room air conditioning units to serve this new computer server room.

Our scope included review of existing drawings, completion of heating/cooling load calculations, layout HVAC equipment, electrical room design, including power and lighting, site verification of existing conditions and constructability of new design, production of final drawings and specifications, review of shop drawings, and several on-site observations during construction.

The final construction cost was $212,075 for 2,000 gross sq. ft. Preliminary Design started in July 2009 and design was completed August 2009. Notice to Proceed was issued September 2009 and construction was completed in June 2010.

FAI has maintained a close working relationship with UTEP since 2009.


Pine Tree ISD Support Services Facility
Location: Longview, Texas
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Completion Date: August 2009
Final Construction Cost: $2,846,592
 
Pine Tree ISD Support Services Facility

This project involved renovation of the original building that housed the Pine Tree ISD high school, to permit it to serve a new mission for the Owner. The construction work was completed in three phases with some sections of the building remaining in operation. The renovation work included an alternative school, teacher training facilities, district administration offices and a board meeting room. FAI served as a consultant to Potter Architects for the plumbing, HVAC, electrical and fire protection portions of the design. The new system included high efficiency DX/gas package equipment, new control/energy management systems, new plumbing systems to meet current codes, new efficient lighting, and updated fire alarm systems.

Final construction cost, including change orders was approximately $2,846,592. Preliminary Design started in February 2008 and was completed March 2008. Notice to Proceed was issued in June 2008 and construction was complete in August 2009.

FAI has maintained a close relationship with Pine Tree ISD since the 1950’s.


SFA Baker Patillo Student Center and Parking Garage
Location: Nacogdoches, Texas
Building Sq. Ft.: 160,000
Completion Date: 2007
Final Construction Cost: $33,000,000
 
SFA Baker Patillo Student Center and Parking Garage

This project consisted of demolition of approximately half of an existing Student Union building, construction of a new building connected to the original building section that remained, a new multi-level parking garage and expansion of a freestanding mechanical building housing the primary heating and chilled water production equipment. FAI served as a consultant to Prozign Architects/Sasaki Architects for the MEP design of this portion of the project.

Upon completion of the above scope of work, FAI was retained as the prime professional to design and provide construction administration services for a replacement HVAC system for the older section of the 104,400 sq. ft. building that remained. The scope included new air handlers, ductwork modifications, control and energy management systems, and electrical power and renovation to the existing kitchen ventilation systems. The renovation and replacement construction work was completed with the building in full service. We utilized HUB partners for the architectural and structural portion of the design. When the work in the existing building was complete, an independent air and water balance for the entire 160,000 sq. ft. complex was completed by FAI.

Final construction cost, including change orders was estimated to be $33 million. Preliminary Design started in 2003 and was completed 2004. Notice to Proceed was issued in 2004 and construction was complete in 2007.

FAI has maintained a close working relationship with SFASU since the 1960’s.

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