Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing engineering, construction, service and energy service solutions, was recently awarded the preconstruction and early mechanical construction contract for the Health Sciences Facility III project at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. As the first design-assist project for the university, the new 430,000 square foot facility will be the largest building on the campus to date.
Southland will provide preconstruction design and construction installation of mechanical, plumbing, and process piping services for the new facility which will be comprised of research and development laboratories, as well as vivarium and administrative space. In terms of mechanical systems, the facility will utilize a combination of fan-powered induction units and chilled beams within the lab spaces. District steam will feed the central plant, in addition to a new chiller plant that will be installed under this contract. The plumbing systems will include a rainwater harvesting system, a reverse osmosis system, and dedicated systems for the vivarium space.
With the goal of achieving LEED Silver certification, the project is currently in design, with the construction phase anticipated to begin in June 2014. The project is expected to reach overall completion by July 2017.