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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

LEED® silver 2011