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University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Project Cost $9,200,000
MEP Cost $7,600,000
Completion 2006

UF Fifield Hall Phased Renovations 

This project provided comprehensive mechanical and electrical renovations for this 106,000 sq. ft., two-story research laboratory. The laboratory is operated by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and is comprised primarily of wet labs used for research. The building has been plagued with indoor air quality problems since its initial construction. Renovations included completely new HVAC systems, fume exhaust systems, fire sprinklers, lighting, ceilings, flooring, painting, casework refurbishment, re-roofing, and minor space remodeling. A chiller plant expansion (400 tons) and a boiler plant replacement were also required to support the new 100% outdoor air handling units. A new EMCS/DDC control system and variable volume lab controls were designed to reduce energy consumption.

New mechanical towers were constructed (four total) to provide for new air handling units and to allow existing spaces to remain occupied and conditioned. Existing mechanical rooms were later converted to labs.

Moses Engineering was the prime professional and provided mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and fire protection design. An architectural consultant provided design for all general construction. Moses Engineering assisted in creating ten bid packages for the phased construction and provided construction administration and HVAC system commissioning services.

This project was bid in nine packages (chiller expansion, boiler expansion, site piping, east mechanical towers, west mechanical towers, re-roofing, NW renovations, SW renovations, SE renovations, and NE renovations) due to funding limitations and the need to keep the building occupied. The four building packages (NW, SW, SE, NE) were then accomplished by floor so that only one eighth of the building needed to be vacated at a time. All remaining space continued in operation. The project is now in the third year of a four year planned renovation and is on budget and on schedule.

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