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SPOTLIGHT: HIGHER EDUCATION

01/10/2018, by MeredithW, in News & Media, 0 comments

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY SCIENCE
RESEARCH BUILDING

Designed by San Antonio architectural firm Muñoz and Company, the 115,000-square-foot, four-story structure brings a unique design to campus with large curtain wall and storefront windows. Zero/Six’s services included drawing review at three stages (100% DD, 50% CD, 100% CD), submittal review, and QA/QC services throughout the construction of the building envelope. Z6 Commissioning conducted performance testing of fenestrations and roofing
systems to ensure that the envelope was watertight.

THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH & ENGINEERING BUILDING

The University of Houston Multidisciplinary Research & Engineering (MREB)
project is a four-story, 120,000-square-foot building which will house labs, office
space, conference rooms, and a high-performance computing center for the
Center for Advanced Computing & Data Systems. The Zero/Six team performed QA/QC services beginning with peer review of construction documents and envelope related submittals and shop drawings and continued services through the construction phase with personnel developing detailed field reports and deficiency logs.  Z6 Commissioning provided building envelope inspection and testing services on-site and on project-specific lab mock-ups to ensure the building performed in a manner that would exceed energy standards and prevent water infiltration.

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING EDUCATION COMPLEX

Opened in 1972, the renovation and expansion of the Zachry Engineering Center continues on the campus of Texas A&M University, completely transforming the existing 5-story, 330,000-square-foot building with an addition of 200,000-square-feet of new space.  Zero/Six was brought on board to review drawings at three stages and provide daily on-site field observations and reports of exterior envelope related construction.  Z6 Commissioning provided building envelope performance testing, including air chamber pressurization and smoker tracer testing per ASTM E1186 on an on-site mock-up. This test calls for an airtight chamber to be installed to the interior or exterior of an air barrier system, using a motorized fan to create a pressure differential across the specimen. By introducing smoke to the higher pressure side of the specimen, air leakage can be determined and/or located if and when
smoke appears on the lesser pressure side of the specimen.