OPTIMUM OPERATING FACILITY

HIGHER EDUCATION

EAB is specifically trained, technically astute and responsive to the requirements of higher education facilities. Our team proudly serves many prestigious colleges and universities.

While having expert knowledge of complex buildings and systems, EAB provides total system balancing and building commissioning services throughout the campus. From research laboratories and student centers to dormitories and athletic facilities, EAB has the capabilities and experience to review and measure all aspects of building performance. 

At EAB, our team is dedicated to ensuring comfort at every level. We work to find solutions that meet your unique needs, while planning projects to maximize continued operations and campus activities.  Our team does everything we can to deliver an optimum operating facility to be enjoyed by students, faculty, visitors and administration alike, giving you, our client, peace of mind.  

Kraft Hall for Social Sciences – Rice University

Kraft Hall for Social Science – Rice UniversityEAB provided complete Testing and Balancing services for all HVAC related systems at Rice University’s Kraft Hall for Social Sciences, a 4-story, 78,000 square foot building. 

Our team was asked to work under an unusually short timeframe, which required close communication with the General Contractor, Owner and all trades involved. This particular job had large corrugated ceiling panels connected with screws, which inhibited access to the HVAC equipment for testing and balancing. In order to overcome this challenge, a constant line of communication and pre-scheduling was required.  

From the onset of the project, EAB communicated and worked closely with the controls contractor to provide a control template specific to our client’s balancing needs. This template allowed EAB to perform our scope of work without negatively impacting the schedule. Without this communication, EAB would not have been able to start until the graphics were complete at the end of the project. 

Our team provided Rice University with energy savings and delivered an optimum operating facility by ensuring that all aspects of the HVAC systems were meticulously evaluated to provide comfort for all occupants, while protecting the building for years to come. 

Kraft Hall for Social Science – Rice UniversityKraft Hall for Social Sciences – Rice University

EAB provided complete Testing and Balancing services for all HVAC related systems at Rice University’s Kraft Hall for Social Sciences, a 4-story, 78,000 square foot building. 

Our team was asked to work under an unusually short timeframe, which required close communication with the General Contractor, Owner and all trades involved. This particular job had large corrugated ceiling panels connected with screws, which inhibited access to the HVAC equipment for testing and balancing. In order to overcome this challenge, a constant line of communication and pre-scheduling was required.  

From the onset of the project, EAB communicated and worked closely with the controls contractor to provide a control template specific to our client’s balancing needs. This template allowed EAB to perform our scope of work without negatively impacting the schedule. Without this communication, EAB would not have been able to start until the graphics were complete at the end of the project. 

Our team provided Rice University with energy savings and delivered an optimum operating facility by ensuring that all aspects of the HVAC systems were meticulously evaluated to provide comfort for all occupants, while protecting the building for years to come. 

Science & Engineering Innovation & Research Building – University of Texas at Arlington

Science & Engineering Innovation & Research Building- University of Texas ArlingtonEAB had the opportunity to work with the University of Texas at Arlington in their new Science and Engineering Innovation and Research Building, a 5-story, state-of-the-art teaching and research space dedicated to advancing health-science, and society’s understanding of today’s most pressing health issues. This facility contains four lecture halls, study areas, conference rooms, and labs. 

EAB performed the testing and balancing of the heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and unique hydronic systems which included chilled beams. We performed and witnessed HVAC pre-functional testing and performed point and sensor calibration verification of all BAS points and sensors from the field to the operator’s graphical interface. 

Working with chilled beams and Phoenix air valves, with significant lab tracking requirements, for the first time was a challenge for some project team members. As a result, it was important for EAB senior team leaders to provide ongoing guidance to support our field team to ensure all specifications were met, demonstrating our commitment to the university, our core values and our team members. 

In the end, EAB delivered an optimum operating facility that according to the university staff is “the most trouble-free and efficient operating building on campus.”

Science & Engineering Innovation & Research Building- University of Texas ArlingtonScience & Engineering Innovation & Research Building – University of Texas at Arlington

EAB had the opportunity to work with the University of Texas at Arlington in their new Science and Engineering Innovation and Research Building, a 5-story, state-of-the-art teaching and research space dedicated to advancing health-science, and society’s understanding of today’s most pressing health issues. This facility contains four lecture halls, study areas, conference rooms, and labs. 

EAB performed the testing and balancing of the heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and unique hydronic systems which included chilled beams. We performed and witnessed HVAC pre-functional testing and performed point and sensor calibration verification of all BAS points and sensors from the field to the operator’s graphical interface. 

Working with chilled beams and Phoenix air valves, with significant lab tracking requirements, for the first time was a challenge for some project team members. As a result, it was important for EAB senior team leaders to provide ongoing guidance to support our field team to ensure all specifications were met, demonstrating our commitment to the university, our core values and our team members. 

In the end, EAB delivered an optimum operating facility that according to the university staff is “the most trouble-free and efficient operating building on campus.”

Brockman Music and Performing Arts Center – Rice University

Brockman Music and Performing Arts Center – Rice UniversityEAB worked alongside Rice University in the construction of the Brockman Music and Performing Arts Center, a 4-story, 84,000 square foot facility with a three-tiered, 600-seat, European-style opera theater and orchestra pit for 70 musicians. The building contains many classrooms, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms and a scene shop. 

Because this is a performing arts center and the sound quality is of the upmost importance, EAB had some unique challenges. EAB was faced with balancing air handlers and terminal units, many without branch or individual balancing dampers. After testing and balancing the systems as-is, EAB verified areas by temperature and with the building empty, listening for potential noise to ensure the facility’s sound level requirements were met. 

EAB ensured the client’s project would be a success by pretesting and balancing the high areas that were only available for testing during the early stages of the project. The high area ductwork and dampers were then covered with hard ceiling which prohibited access to the balancing dampers in the future. EAB returned after the areas were inaccessible to complete the balance of the units ensuring the proportion and design airflows were met.

Brockman Music and Performing Arts Center – Rice UniversityBrockman Music and Performing Arts Center – Rice University

EAB worked alongside Rice University in the construction of the Brockman Music and Performing Arts Center, a 4-story, 84,000 square foot facility with a three-tiered, 600-seat, European-style opera theater and orchestra pit for 70 musicians. The building contains many classrooms, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms and a scene shop. 

Because this is a performing arts center and the sound quality is of the upmost importance, EAB had some unique challenges. EAB was faced with balancing air handlers and terminal units, many without branch or individual balancing dampers. After testing and balancing the systems as-is, EAB verified areas by temperature and with the building empty, listening for potential noise to ensure the facility’s sound level requirements were met. 

EAB ensured the client’s project would be a success by pretesting and balancing the high areas that were only available for testing during the early stages of the project. The high area ductwork and dampers were then covered with hard ceiling which prohibited access to the balancing dampers in the future. EAB returned after the areas were inaccessible to complete the balance of the units ensuring the proportion and design airflows were met.