Renovation to Add 5,000 SF of New Building Space
The University of West Georgia is renovating their 72,540 square foot Biology Building, which dates to the early 1970’s. Work includes the addition of approximately 5,000 square feet of new building space. This renovation will address the absence of street-level ADA accessibility, remedy a deficiency in common space and informal learning spaces, provide additional classroom and laboratory space, and replace worn and outdated MEP components and systems. Farnsworth Group is providing commissioning services for the HVAC, electrical and building envelope systems, including an Owner’s Project Requirements design exercise.
Farnsworth Group’s knowledge of Building Envelope issues helped to assist the project team in rectify numerous exterior wall and window conditions that were not anticipated during the renovation phase of the project. Doing so helped UWG avoid long-term maintenance conditions at questionable locations that would allow moisture into the building.
With a portion of the building being occupied during the construction, a phasing plan was instituted. A portion of the building would be under construction, then once completed, the renovated portion would be occupied by staff and students, with the previously occupied space being turned over for construction. Conducting mechanical commissioning and TAB for just a portion of a building is challenging. However, working with the general contractor and the mechanical contractor, Farnsworth Group was able to devise a plan to be able to perform the testing that would meet the Commissioning testing requirements.