Note: This university client has requested anonymity.
It’s a good sign when a university’s science and engineering program begins to outgrow its existing facility — good for the university, and good for scientific progress. For one university, that growth sparked a vision of facilities befitting that progress — and potential. To see the vision through, HPM guided construction and renovation of four buildings that blended with the campus’s classic architectural style while housing state-of-the-art, high-tech equipment and facilities. The full, nine-year program included demolition of several existing buildings, extensive renovations to other and new construction of additional buildings, as well as the relocation of a new central plant to serve the heavy demands of the new complex. The new complex included classrooms, administrative offices and specialty labs. With careful construction phasing, smart move management and diligent attention to detail throughout the lengthy program, HPM provided 900,000 square feet of space for the future of science and engineering, without disrupting campus activities or the process of discovery and innovation.
As HPM prepared the new, high-tech facilities for the university’s faculty and researchers, we had to pay special attention to the requirements of scientific discoveries already underway. Mishandled research and uncontrolled environments could result in not only inconvenience but catastrophy. Carefully preserved tissue samples allowed to thaw could derail decades of longitudinal research. Vibrations from construction equipment could rattle extremely sensitive equipment. HPM planned carefully from the very beginning of the program to avoid any disturbance to scientific and engineering progress. Generators were provided during power shutdowns to maintain climate control. Special procedures were used to keep construction dust from coming anywhere near clean environments. An accelerated schedule, including nighttime work as necessary, kept construction time to a minimum, exposing researchers — and research — to as little disruption as possible. HPM was proud that the researchers were pleased with the relatively easy construction and move process as well as with the exceptional new facilities they were able to move into.
$280 million project
900,000 total square feet
Research and instructional labs for geotechnical, environmental and biomechanical engineering; general and advanced biology; microbiology; anatomy and physiology and general chemistry
Facilities for combustion and automotive technology
Support facilities including fuel storage, warm and cold environmental rooms, autoclave/sterilization areas and dark rooms
Utility upgrades and road relocation
2010 Excellence in Quality Award
This university client has requested anonymity.