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The University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

Biotechnology Center

  • ICT provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering design for a new 81,000 SF Plant Biotechnology Center, 60 research laboratories, and Forest Products Building.
  • The Plant Biotechnology Building is the final component of a $38.5 million, three-building complex established to provide Tennessee with state-of-the-art plant and animal research facilities.  The complex’s common goal is to sustain and advance all sectors of Tennessee’s agricultural and natural resources industry through discovery and applications of cutting-edge science.  ICT provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering design.
    • Client Barber McMurry Architects, Bullock Amith & Partners, Inc.
    • Completion Year 2003

John Tickle Building, Estabrook Hall Renovation

ICT provided MEP design services for this new 113,900 SF building to house the civil and environmental engineering department. The facility includes 14 Civil Engineering labs, two computer labs, administrative space and four large classrooms. The design work included medium voltage distribution to a 3000-amp main service for the building.  Also included was a 250-kW diesel generator feeding essential and non-essential distribution throughout the building.  A chilled water system was designed to serve both the new facility and the existing Pasqua Engineering Building. The chilled water plant consisted of two 182-ton packaged air cooled variable speed screw chillers with a primary/secondary pumping system; two pair of pumps in a standby arrangement were installed to serve the Tickle Building and the adjacent Pasqua building.  Labs include high bay testing, concrete labs, pavement labs, hydraulics, soils and Geotech labs. A transportation lab and wood/metal workshops are included. 



High efficiency interior and exterior lighting and controls

Service MEP

Client Grieve Associates Architects

Completion Year 2013

Construction Cost $23.1M

Size 113,900 SF

Student Union

ICT provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection design, and construction administration for a new 309,006 SF University Center.  Project included meeting rooms, programming spaces, administrative/student services offices, student organizations, recreation, service areas, bookstore, dining services, OIT technology area, lounges, and meeting service support/storage.

The Student Union was a two-phase project. Phase I included a chilled water system that initially served the bookstore. The new Student Union was built in Phase II and is served by the chiller plant installed in Phase I. Domestic Hot water and hydronic hot water are generated through heat exchangers by steam from the central utility plant.


  • Fully integrated building automation system,
  • Daylight harvesting
  • Integrated lighting controls in select areas
  • Indoor air quality management.
  • Single zone VAV systems for some large, open spaces
  • demand controlled ventilation.
  • VRF systems for 24/7 spaces (like communications rooms, AV, main electrical) 
  • variable kitchen hood exhaust system for production kitchen.

Completion Year 2016

Cost $130M

Size 309,006 SF

Veterinary Hospital Expansion

ICT provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering for this 61,000 SF expansion project which accommodates primarily clinical and related space for biosecurity.

The expansion addresses the hospital’s capability to meet client and patient needs with respect to small animal medicine.  The project includes:

  • Radiation oncology services (including a linear accelerator)
  • Oncology/chemotherapy
  • State of the art physical therapy (including underwater treadmills, pool and exercise area)
  • Urology (including dialysis, lithotripsy and transplants)
  • Expanded avian and zoological medicine facilities.

Client Cope Architecture

Cost $6.6M

Size 61,000 SF



The University of Tennessee
Tennessee Board of Regents



Haslam Music Center – LEED NC Silver
Joint Institute for Advanced Materials – LEED NC Silver



Science / CUP / Housing