University of Houston - Fertitta Center
Owner: University of Houston
A/E Team: PGAL/AECOM
General Contractor: TBD
Construction Budget: TBD
University of Houston will completely renovate the 50-year old basketball arena formerly known as Hofheinz Pavilion into a modern-day sports venue fit for UH Team stature of today. The goal of the project was to not only replace aged systems, but also enhance the user experience with modern building amenities and ancillary spaces. Infrastructure Associates was chosen by the PGAL/AECOM team as a sub-consultant to provide plumbing and fire alarm design for the renovation.
FIRE PROTECTION / PLUMBING DESIGN
Infrastructure Associates (IA) provided design for a new plumbing, fire alarm, and active sprinkler for this facility. IA also helped in providing necessary improvements for Life Safety such as a new voice evacuation fire alarm system. The building included largely expanded restroom facilities (nearly doubling the capacity); 1 new large food service kitchen; serving 5 large concession stands and two bars. Other building programs included offices, ROTC program, volleyball and handball courts, visiting team locker rooms and showers.
Throughout the design process IA’s design teams made several site visits to understand all existing systems and uncover discrepancies between real world installation and as-built documents. Through this course of discovery and using BIM modeling (Revit), IA was able to develop a set of bid documents which generated very minimal contractor questions. These practices will facilitate in keeping the project in budget during construction through the reduction in change orders.