University of Texas Institute for Molecular Medicine,
The objective was to build a new 200,000 s.f. facility designed for laboratory work (BSL 2 & 3), education, and diagnostic testing for the University of Texas Institute for Molecular Medicine.
With its expertise with research facilities, Gowan successfully met the owner’s aggressive schedule and delivery requirements to deliver the project on time and on budget.
SCOPE OF SERVICES
Gowan installed HVAC and plumbing systems for this multi-use facility. The design incorporated four chillers and three boilers, totaling approximately 2,000 tons of refrigeration with a heat recovery system of 100% outside air, non-recirculation system.
The project was constructed in record time to meet the requirement of the medical colleges’ classroom schedule; however, there were design issues that made start-up, testing, balancing, and commissioning difficult. This took a little over a year to modify in order to gain the customer’s desired energy recovery requirements. Floor-to-floor dimensions and limited mechanical space made coordination difficult, and the building’s multifaceted uses created many special air conditioning, ventilation, exhaust, and heat recovery challenges. The building now functions within the design parameters and exceeds the customer’s expectations.
The Department of Molecular Medicine in the Institute of Biotechnology (IBT) was established in 1994 to train graduate students at the interface of basic and clinical sciences with emphasis on biomedical research focused on discovering the molecular mechanisms underlying human disease, and to serve as a platform for the development of novel treatment or prevention approaches.