September 3, 2019 by Joseph Vela, PE, Senior Mechanical Engineer
JonesDBR joined with Kirksey Architecture to provide MEP and Technology engineering services for the Equine Nutrition and Reproduction Facility at the Texas A&M University Hildebrand Equine Complex. The 49,000 square feet facility is Phase II of the Texas A&M Equine Initiative. This initiative brings together the equine research, teaching, extension, and outreach of the Texas A&M College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM).
The HVAC system for the 20,000 square feet research laboratories and teaching facilities was designed with an energy efficient air cooled chiller, two centralized air handling units, and terminal units with electric reheat. The exhaust discharge was seamlessly integrated into the cupola louvers. A platform was built into the sloped roof for the two high plume laboratory exhaust fans. An acid neutralization tank was provided in the plumbing drainage system. A reverse osmosis system was installed to provide the lab personnel with clean water.
The 29,000 square feet equine barn consists of feeding stalls, exerciser, and supporting reproductive services. This portion of the facility was designed with HVLS fans and mechanical ventilation systems. A sand mud separator was provided in the plumbing drainage system.
High efficiency LED lighting with dimming controls were provided along with occupancy sensors for lighting control and adjusting the laboratory air change rates. Security and technology services provided included CCTV, data cabling, intrusion detection, access control, MDF room design, and audio/visual services.