enginnering project

SBEC provided mechanical and electrical design services for the design and construction of a 70,000 GSF addition that will be connected to the existing building by a multi-level enclosed bridge and the renovation of the 10,000 GSF existing facility. Brown Hall was built in the late 1970s and contains approximately 86,000 GSF of academic, research and administrative space. The addition was necessary to meet growth needs of the Engineering Department and provide 21st century study and computing facilities for students. It will support a variety of programs including: Biomedical Engineering, EPICS, Senior Design, Robotics, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Specific spaces include:

  • One (1) energy conversion research lab – 2,600 SF
  • One (1) energy conversion teaching lab – 1,000 SF
  • One (1) thermal science lab – 1,100 SF
  • One (1) bioengineering lab – 1,100 SF
  • One (1) robotics and animation research lab – 1,800 SF
  • One (1) robotics and animation teaching lab – 1,000 SF
  • One (1) mineral processing analytical lab – 1,600 SF
  • One (1) blast chamber testing lab – 700 SF
  • Machine shop/wood shop w/ dust collector – 3,000 SF
  • Office/administrative space and 150-seat lecture hall

SBEC’s scope of work consisted of:

  • 120,000 CFM variable-air-volume (VAV) air handling system
  • Wet-pipe fire sprinkler system throughout building
  • Demand controlled ventilation for reduced energy consumption
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation
  • Lighting controls
  • Building on BAS to control and monitor lighting and mechanical systems
  • New regional 2,000-ton chiller p.lant to be located in the existing building’s basement and planned to be connected to the future campus chilled water loop to serve 8 additional buildings on campus
  • Engine generator for life safety and optional standby (ventilation) loads

This project won the AIA Colorado 2012 Design and Honor Awards under the Recipient of Merit Award for Built Architecture.



Area:154,300 GSF
Leed Certification:Gold