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Facilities - McPheeters-Dennis

Facilities - Renovation of McPheeters-Dennis Hall
Haven-Warren, 3rd Floor
Office: 404.880.8491     Fax: 404.880.6058
Website:  http://www.cau.edu/Office_Management_Mission.aspx  


Activity Director:
  Ms. Bonita Dukes
Activity Assistant:  Ms. Calandra O'Neal


OVERVIEW 
During the 2011-2012 academic year, the university completed the 100% replacement of the Air Handling Unit -1 (AHU-1) mechanical system and added Variable Air volume (VAV) boxes to increase the instructional laboratory equipment, hoods and classroom areas served to encompass 17,200 SF on the 1st and 2nd floors of McPheeters-Dennis Hall. The activity was funded by Title III and also included: routing new chilled water and hot water lines from the existing Central Utility Plant to the 1st floor mechanical room; Installation of a new chilled water pump; and upgrading the base electrical system to support the new AHU-1, VAV boxes and chilled water pumps.

During the 2012-2017 funding cycle, the University, with the assistance of Title III B grants, intends to continue strengthening the institution by collaboratively funding the following three specific aims for McPheeters-Dennis Hall over a five-year period: 1) To provide repairs and upgrades for mechanical system (AHU-3 and VAV boxes) replacements and upgrades to increase the instructional laboratory equipment, hoods and classroom areas served; 2) To renovate (8) eight instructional laboratories and associated infrastructure to house new students, faculty and instructional core laboratories; and 3) To renovate (6) six classrooms to provide accommodations for additional students to facilitate interdisciplinary research collaboration and instructional learning. This activity supports the following University Strategic Plan:

  • Strategic Priority #3: Align Learning, Knowledge/Discovery and Performance.


It will support the overall strategic plan by achieving academic excellence and expand learner experiences based on best practices in instruction, involvement in inquiry, and the use of practical experiences.

The renovation of McPheeters-Dennis Hall will be phased, with each phase considered a completed project and minimal displacement of academic functions.

  1. Phase I (2012-2013 Grant Year) will consist of the following: 100% demolition and asbestos removal and abatement for penetrated spaces; 100% completion of a new mechanical system (AHU-3) to support the instructional laboratory equipment, hoods and classroom areas served to encompass 19,444 SF on the 1st and 2nd floors of McPheeters-Dennis Hall (Phase I area); and demolish all existing ductwork in the Phase I area and replace with new VAV boxes; upgrade the associated electrical to support the new AHU-3 and VAV boxes for the Phase I area.
  2. Phase II (2013-2014 Grant Year) will consist of the following: 100% demolition and asbestos removal and abatement for penetrated spaces; 100% completion of a new mechanical system CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY - GEORGIA 25 | P a g e (AHU-2) in the Penthouse tied to the existing Central Utility Plant chilled water system to support the instructional laboratory equipment, hoods and classroom areas served to encompass 24,770 SF on the 3rd floor of McPheeters-Dennis Hall (Phase II area); and demolish all existing ductwork in the Phase II area and replace with new VAV boxes; upgrade the associated electrical to support the new AHU-2 and VAV boxes for the Phase II area.
  3. Phase III (2014-2015 Grant Year) will consist of the following: 100% demolition and asbestos removal and abatement for penetrated spaces; 100% upgrades to Fire Sprinkler system; 100% electrical upgrades to support renovated instructional labs and classrooms.
  4. Phase IV (2015-2016 Grant Year) will consist of the following: 100% demolition and asbestos removal and abatement for penetrated spaces; 100% instructional laboratory fume hoods, exhaust fans and equipment upgrades to support renovated instructional labs and classrooms.
  5. Phase V (2016-2017 Grant Year) will consist of the following: 100% demolition and asbestos removal and abatement for penetrated spaces; 100% building upgrades to meet ADA requirements; 100% plumbing upgrades to meet Building Code requirements; architectural upgrades to instructional labs, classrooms, restrooms, fixtures and finishes.

The renovation of McPheeters-Dennis Hall will serve as a pilot for campus-wide environmental management systems as an environmental information forum for the university by developing new ways of managing and regulating the environmental impacts of laboratories. The new labs will be able to replace existing hazardous waste requirements with an Environmental Management Standards moving towards ISO 14001 Certification establishing good practices and standards for Sustainable Initiatives throughout the university.