HISD - Burbank Middle School Renovations
Architect: Kirksey Architecture
MEP Engineer: Infrastructure Associates
General Contractor: Gamma Construction
Construction Budget: $12 Million
Renovation of this Burbank Middle School is one of the most successful school projects that Infrastructure Associates (IA) has performed to date. The school’s original campus opened in 1927 with an educational emphasis on agriculture science and was named after the famous botanist, Luther Burbank. The renovation for this 190,000 SF facility had a construction budget of $12.0 Million and was considered one of largest HISD school renovation projects in 2011. The facility assessment report that had been prepared for this school identified the majority of existing plumbing fixtures and equipment, and most of the electrical and HVAC system components as outdated and beyond their useful life expectancy. This report had recommended replacement of all these components. The Total anticipated MEP cost for this project was estimated at $8.5 Million, which comprised majority of project budget. Kirksey Architecture selected Infrastructure Associates as the sub-consultant and MEP engineer of record for this project. The initial phase of the engineering effort was focused on verification of the “facility assessment report” and to document the condition of equipment in the field. As part of this process IA staff visited the facility numerous times over a three (3) month period to record any variances with the 2—year old assessment report. IA recorded certain minor repairs to the system during this period such as replacement of a few fan coil units in the classrooms. The heating and cooling systems consisting of chillers and boilers were far passed their useful life cycle and were constantly being worked on by maintenance. Qualified maintenance personnel with knowledge and experience to work on these old boilers and chillers were also limited due to high demand by other facilities in the district facing similar equipment breakdown. It then became obvious that the school campus had suffered from lack of capital improvement budget as it was reflected by condition of equipment in the field. This list includes the following HVAC equipment upgrades/replacement:
The upgrade of the facility electrical system was also extensive due to the age and condition of main switchboard and distribution system. Most of the equipment was not in compliance with current codes and were beyond their useful life, creating safety concerns.
List of electrical equipment recommended for replacement includes: