NV5 provided full MEP engineering services for the University of Minnesota’s Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science, which required complete infrastructure upgrades including fire alarm replacement, power distribution upgrades, lighting upgrades, and HVAC and plumbing upgrades.
Phasing project activities presented challenges in accommodating teachers, students, and researchers in the partially occupied building. Determining the sequencing of actions had to consider the systems required by teaching space during the academic year and the research laboratories, which were occupied most fully during summer months. During design, the NV5 team worked closely with the users to understand the programmatic requirements and timing of their needs. Coordinating with them, we phased the upgrades to support the occupants and their activities.
In mid-construction, the team faced another challenge when significant planned funding was not available. We re-evaluated planned upgrades and reorganized the work, providing upgrades to crucial areas and those with the most impact, while also considering how the completed work would affect the rest of the planned upgrades when funds became available. A major goal was avoiding work in areas that would have to be reopened when the work resumed. For example, we completed upgrades and ADA code compliance to the bathroom stack, providing significant improvement and avoiding future work.