University Science Hall Renovation
IMEG provided mechanical and electrical engineering services for an extensive remodel of the second floor of Drake University’s Olin Science Hall, which houses psychology, biology, neuroscience, and environmental science departments.
The nearly 18,000-sf remodel included gutting the entire second floor and rebuilding new labs for biology and psychology classes, new offices, and a large lecture hall. The addition of an atrium at the entrance of the building was also included.
The university wanted the project completed over the summer term when the building occupancy was lower than during the regular academic calendar. Challenges included the fast-paced schedule to complete the project over the summer and keeping the building operational for those offices that were required to remain open.
Solutions included extensive coordination with contractors to help maintain the tight schedule. Engineers also worked closely with university personnel to maintain services to the building. A larger generator and fire pump system were installed to accommodate the newly remodeled space and bring the building infrastructure systems up to date.