UT Medical School Health Discovery Building

Austin, Texas

The Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin enrolled its first class in May 2016. The school’s 260,000-square-foot, eight-story Health Discovery Building is used primarily for research and houses 97,000 square feet of laboratory space, a 20,000-square-foot vivarium with expansion capabilities and 15,000 square feet of core labs.

A technology incubator in the building — a rarity in academia — helps ensure that promising research from across campus reaches the global marketplace. From the mechanical side, the project’s energy efficient systems are particularly unique.

They include:

  • Chilled beams throughout the lab spaces
  • Energy recovery coils to reclaim exhaust loads
  • Variable frequency drives on air handling units, fans, and pumps to optimize performance
  • Installation of Edstrom laboratory piping system for watering of testing animals in the vivarium area.
  • Process piping and vents meant to serve a cyclotron and associated equipment.
DSI RolesMechanical Contractor
Plumbing Contractor
Process Piping
Self-Performed WorkHVAC Piping
HVAC Sheet Metal
Process Piping
Project size264,000 sq. ft.; 8 Floors
Total Volume$200 million