UMTC Mechanical Engineering Infrastructure
University of Minnesota
111 Church Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55406
UMTC Mechanical Engineering Infrastructure
Renovation | 2019

The University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering Building houses classrooms, offices, and teaching and research laboratories. This infrastructure remodel included modernizing the HVAC, electrical, and communications systems, replacing the 60-year-old single-glazed windows, and updating the building to be in compliance with current codes.

The project team faced the challenge of optimizing energy performance to meet SB 2030 standards without upgrades to the building envelope, and maintaining enough flexibility to accommodate undetermined future lab needs. To do this, the team developed a design concept that reorganized the program elements within the existing floor plates so they could be served by an efficient HVAC system without expensive changes to the basic building layout. They devised a spatial strategy that organized the building into low, medium and high intensity air flow zones based on space use, and designed the mechanical system layout for maximum efficiency. Additional energy efficiency strategies included converting from steam to hot water heating, using energy recovery wheels, providing a 100% outside air variable air volume air handling system, incorporating terminal fan coil units with electrically commutated motors, and specifying carbon dioxide controls for ventilation air.

This project was a finalist for the 2016 Best of SB 2030 Award.


Project Details
LocationMinneapolis, MN
Construction TypeRenovation
Building TypeLaboratory, Office, Classroom
OrganizationUniversity of Minnesota
Building Area144,000 sf
Vegetated Area0.335 acres
Number Of Stories4
Year of Occupancy2019

Design Team
ArchitectArchitectural Alliance
Mechanical EngineerAffiliated Engineers, Inc.
Structural EngineerEricksen Roed & Associates
ContractorM.A. Mortenson Company
Commissioning AgentUniversity of Minnesota
Energy ModelerThe Weidt Group
Electrical EngineerAffiliated Engineers, Inc.
Landscape ArchitectAlliiance
Building ManagerUniversity of Minnesota

Design Submission Status
Design Compliance
Operations Submission Status
Operations Compliance

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