University of Denver - College of Law, DENVER, CO
Mechanical Construction Engineering & BIM Services
TRAUTMAN & SHREVE VALUE DELIVERED
By using their state-of-the-art 3-D Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology capabilities to ensure precise coordination, Trautman & Shreve, Inc. successfully provided full coordination of mechanical, HVAC, sheet metal, plumbing and temperature control system for this University of Denver facility, which was designed to last 500 years.
MECHANICAL CONSTRUCTION SCOPE OF WORK
The mechanical construction engineering project consisted of a 243,000 square-foot, four-story structure with a 206,000 square-foot, five-level parking structure. The facility was designed to meet the needs of 4,218 occupants. The four-story structure included a mechanical penthouse with four M&I Air Handling Units supplying a total of 166,000 CFM through 232,000 pounds of sheet metal. Steam was provided to the building from the central plant and distribution-piping system which was also installed by Trautman & Shreve to a hot water heat exchanger. Chilled water was also provided to the building from the central plant. In addition to meeting strict design criteria, the building was constructed to meet the latest LEEDS Certification guidelines.
EDUCATION FACILITY BACKGROUND
The University of Denver was founded in 1864, making it the oldest independent institution of higher education in the Rocky Mountain region. The College of Law opened its doors in 1892. Pioneering legal education on America's frontier, it graduated many of the
attorneys and judges who built the legal structure of America's Mountain West.
Established in 1892, the University of Denver's College of Law has never been located at DU's main campus. The law school was previously located at DU's Park Hill campus. However, when DU was presented with a proposal from an outside firm to purchase the land, it gave DU the ideal opportunity to relocate its College of Law to the University Park campus.
Water conservation was a must on this project. Therefore, an innovative plumbing solution was suggested for waterless urinals. Before incorporating them into the design, Trautman & Shreve had to obtain a variance with the State plumbing code to persuade the building department to allow them. The installation in all restrooms of these urinals, infrared sensors on water faucets, and other water efficiency fixtures resulted in a 39% reduction in water usage. Thousands of gallons of water a year were saved.
Trautman & Shreve, Inc. offered yet another water saving mechanical system suggestion. While excavating for the piping, a vast amount of ground water was encountered at a very shallow depth. Trautman & Shreve suggested the installation of a 10,000-gallon water storage tank for water recovery. This tank was buried 14 feet underground and was utilized to collect ground water that can be used for irrigation or other non-potable water uses.