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University of Tennessee
Min Kao Electrical and Computer Engineering Building (ECE)
Knoxville, TN

ICT provided mechanical, plumbing and fire protection services for this new 150,000 SF, six-story, $37.5 million building.


Features

  • “Signature” structure
  • Fume hoods are strategically placed to minimize cost
  • Each faculty office serves partly as a “study” and partly as a small laboratory (due to increased emphasis on student design projects and laboratory experiences within ECE curricula)
  • Faculty offices arranged in clusters to facilitate interaction
  • Office space for 35 faculty, 25 research/visiting faculty, 210 graduate students, 13 administrative personnel, 5 departmental administrators, 2 informational technology professionals, and 8 information technology support personnel
  • Ten classrooms (total capacity of 200)
  • 13 instructional laboratories (total capacity of 310) Class 1000 clean room
  • 40 research laboratories
  • 2,500 SF auditorium
  • First UT building built for LEED® certification


Challenges

  • Special care given to HVAC system due to heat generated in experiments
  • HVAC system has ability to maintain constant temperature 24 hours per day, year round
  • Designed for heavy use of passenger elevators
  • Designed to meet changing needs of Department for next 25-50 years


This project is registered under the LEED Green Building Rating System.

Substantial Completion/Expected LEED Submission - June 2010