The University of Texas George and Cynthia Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building, HOUSTON, TX
MD Anderson Cancer Center wanted to add a facility to their basic science cancer research center which would include research laboratories, classroom facilities, and BSL 3 laboratories. The result was the Cynthia and George Mitchell BSRB building. This sixteen story facility is designed for flexibility and user-friendly systems that can be modified for the needs of fundamental researchers.
Because of their expertise in both the medical and laboratory research industries, Gowan was chosen for this project in the early design phase. In addition, Gowan was one of only a few contractors in the area with the staff and expertise to undertake a facility of this magnitude and complexity. Our input into the design, constructability and budget control ability proved to be instrumental in this award winning facility. And maybe the most impressive part of all is that the project was delivered on time and on budget.
SCOPE OF SERVICES
Gowan performed this project on a team design/build delivery contract for the HVAC systems and building automation systems in conjunction with Siemens Controls. The scope of work included pre-construction services, budget control, BIM coordination, installation and after construction facility maintenance.
The building contains more than 1,000,000 CFM of ventilation, air and exhaust systems, miles of chilled water, steam, hot water piping, and almost 2,000,000 pounds of ductwork for the HVAC system. The primary utility system’s chilled water and high-pressure steam comes from the existing cen- tral plant system. The building is so unusual that all of the equipment had to be custom-manufactured and uniquely installed. To eliminate the possibility of any disruptions to the on going research. All its systems are redundant and automated to engage in the event of a failure or malfunction. Coordi- nating efforts between other crafts and Gowan also required use of its mod- ern 3-D design capabilities and methods.
The new University of Texas George and Cynthia Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building (Mitchell BRSB) is a16-story cancer research facility that includes laboratories, classrooms, and administration offices. The Mitchell BRSB is the new home for the UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston. The building is a part of the large UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center campus, and the graduate school offers students the unique oppor- tunity to prepare for careers in research and education in the biomedical sciences through programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.