Denver Public School’s McAuliffe Middle School will share a campus with Manual High School using the existing 260,000-square-foot building in Denver, Colorado. To support the shared campus, 360 Engineering provided mechanical and plumbing design modifications as part of the RTA Architects design team. The three-story building with additional basement area consists of classrooms, gymnasium, swimming pool, kitchen, dining area, a stage and music area, administrative offices, storage rooms, and restrooms.
The existing mechanical systems consisted of vertical, under-window unit ventilators and convective heating units with steam heating coils, steam radiators, and horizontal, ducted fan-coil units. To utilize these existing systems, 360 Engineering made required adjustments to meet heating, ventilation, and exhaust loads in the renovated spaces, including the administrative offices and science classrooms on the third floor, and library and art classrooms with kiln room on the second floor.
Plumbing system modifications included the administrative area restrooms, updates to classroom sinks, and complete overhaul of existing science classrooms to provide multiple student and teacher work stations with laboratory gases and acid waste and ventilation systems.
The Samsonite Campus houses Denver Public School’s High Tech Early College, preparing students grades 9 through 12 to be “collaborative and competitive in a four-year college and in a 21st Century Global Economy.” This project involved the replacement of ten (10) fans throughout the campus including general exhaust, electrical room cooling, and air handler return fans. 360 Engineering observed and documented existing mechanical exhaust systems associated with the fans, then sized and selected new fans to meet code requirements and to match existing controls. In addition, 360 Engineering provided Denver Public Schools with design airflow volumes to rebalance existing Variable Air Volume (VAV) boxes serving student and administration areas.
One of the project challenges was that not all exhaust fans were present in the existing drawings. 360 Engineering performed a field investigation at the Samsonite Campus to locate and accurately document exhaust fans missing from the drawings, providing details of make and model, fan capacity, and electrical characteristics to GH Phipps. This due diligence fieldwork avoided an equipment delivery delay and allowed GH Phipps to deliver the project on time to DPS.
For this public-school district serving the cities of Broomfield, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton, and Westminster, Colorado, 360 Engineering conducted a forensic analysis of the crawl spaces of 32 schools, totaling approximately 1,094,000 square feet. Each analysis included observations and documentation of the condition of storm water, domestic water, and hydronic piping, as well as crawlspace ventilation status and code compliance, and mechanical equipment and ductwork conditions. In addition, the individual school reports documented the locations of mechanical and plumbing systems in need of repair, maintenance, or replacement. Any potential mechanical or plumbing code violations were also brought to the attention of the school district.
Chauvenet Hall, on the Colorado School of Mines campus, comprises two turn-of-the-century buildings that were combined into a single facility in 1955. 360 Engineering provided mechanical and plumbing system design for a remodel that upgraded an existing first-floor laboratory including the creation of office space for graduate students. Lab renovations included adding a new fume hood; eye wash station, deionized (DI) water, vacuum, compressed air systems; and an additional sink. The new mechanical and plumbing systems bring the laboratory up to code and accommodate the reuse of space.
The International School of Denver is a private pre-K – 8th grade multicultural school located in the Lowry neighborhood. As part of a campus remodel, 360 Engineering designed mechanical and plumbing systems for select areas within three buildings. In the Peacekeeper Building, the second floor was remodeled to accommodate the school’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program, the first floor dedicated to the visual arts, and the lower level for music studies. The existing basement level gymnasium was converted into the music space, and the art room was moved to the former administrative space. Administration offices were moved to the school’s new welcome center, which was formerly an adjacent doctor’s office.
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a non-profit organization that pairs highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities, increasing their independence and helping to enhance their quality of life. 360 Engineering partnered with THA Architects and Baylor University to construct CCI’s sixth training facility, located on the Baylor Scott & White Health — Kinkeade Campus in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. Involving a total of approximately 23,800 square feet, the project encompassed multiple buildings including a new Canine Center with five canine kennel buildings; a new training center; two ground-up dormitories, and an administration office temporarily located in an existing medical office building. 360 Engineering designed complete mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection systems for the entire project.
The Canine Center offers critical support for program operations, as an on-site veterinary hospital complete with surgery rooms, exam rooms, radiology capabilities, a testing laboratory, grooming facilities, a commercial-scale laundry, food prep and dishwashing areas, veterinarian and vet tech offices, overnight stay capabilities, and kennels. To support the wide variety of uses within the Canine Center, 360 Engineering designed a mechanical system capable of precise pressurization control between the different areas. The building’s plumbing system was designed with adequate capacity to serve unique needs such as operating room tables and heavy laundry usage.
The mechanical system 360 Engineering designed for the training center allows precise zoned temperature control based on occupant usage and exposure. A switched exhaust fan in each zone quickly evacuates odors. The building’s plumbing system has components including a dedicated water line, a new gas-fired water heater, fixtures for restrooms, and interior and exterior hose bibs for washdowns. A sanitary drainage system provided primarily for the plumbing fixtures includes additional floor drains for facility operations.
The two dormitories required a mechanical system capable of providing individual heating and cooling for each room, as well as individually controlled exhaust fans for the restrooms. The dorms’ plumbing system includes a dedicated water line, new gas-fired water heater, fixtures for restrooms, plus sanitary drainage.
For the temporary administrative office, 360 Engineering designed new zoning and air distribution and re-engineered existing plumbing, sanitary, and vent lines to meet the space’s new needs.
The Kepner Campus houses four Denver Public Schools in one facility: Kepner Legacy Middle School, Kepner Beacon Middle School, STRIVE Prep Kepner, and Rocky Mountain Prep Southwest Elementary Charter School. This project had two aspects. The first involved designing the replacement of all existing galvanized piping with copper piping to improve the water quality. Part two added cooling to classrooms, replaced exhaust fans, refurbished an auditorium HVAC unit, and a full overhaul of all HVAC controls.