Interdisciplinary Research Building

Owner: University of Texas
Location: El Paso, TX
Client: University of Texas
Cost: $85 Million
Size: 160,000 sq.ft
Project Type: Education
Professional Services: Commissioning

Bath Commissioning provided complete enhanced commissioning services of the $85 million, 160,000-square-foot, five-story building research facility.  The Project Manager and commissioning Agent is Brian Mende, P.E., CxA.

The design of the Interdisciplinary Research Building is intended to increase UTEP’s capacity to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations among faculty across the campus.  This is in response to growing evidence that research breakthroughs are enhanced by bringing together widely diverse perspectives and expertise.

The first floor has core facilities and heavy equipment.  The second floor is designed to handle the heaviest pedestrian traffic with a café, building visitor center, galleries to showcase research, meeting rooms and an 80-seat auditorium.  The top three floors will have wet and dry labs and interdisciplinary research suites designed for maximum flexibility in size and use including a large vivarium.

Bath performed the design review as it related to commission ability, operator interfaces and training requirements. This also included true peer review.  Commissioning service were provided on all aspects of the project including all lab systems, high temperature hot water, chilled water, air handlers, and integrated lighting controls.