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Student Union

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The Student Union Building on Texas Tech University’s Lubbock campus was constructed in four phases over the past fifty years.  As a result of an increase in enrollment, the University determined that the existing building should be modernized and expanded with a 90,000 gross square foot contiguous wing.  When completed, the new building will have over 250,000 square feet of space. 

Concerns about the complexity of the building control systems led Texas Tech to solicit proposals for building commissioning.  Bath was selected in a qualifications-based procurement process.

As a result of Bath’s commissioning effort, concealed defects in the smoke purge system were identified and corrected.  But for commissioning, these defects would likely have gone undetected until a fire occurred – the result could have been catastrophic.  Other significant findings during the commissioning process included identifying deficiencies in the HVAC control system, recommending modifications to the hydronic valve selections, and correcting improperly balanced variable air volume terminal air boxes.