MEP Services for Renovation of Historical Building


Location: New Mexico Highlands University, Trolley Building
Cost: $6.1 million
Completed: 2016

Acting as project engineer, T&D provided mechanical, electrical and process (MEP) engineering services in connection with the transformation of a 1902 building on the historic record into a state-of-the-art facility for the University’s Media Arts Department.  A 5,400-sq-ft addition was added to the 15,931- sq. ft. existing building and a 1,000-sq. ft. remote utility building was remodeled as part of the project.

A new 2000 AMP 208Y/120V, 3-phase, 4-wire electrical service was designed to accommodate the requirements of the building.  The remodeled utility building was utilized to house the new distribution system equipment and mechanical equipment.  T&D provided a design for interior and exterior LED lighting; designs for receptacle power and power connections to HVAC systems; and a complete design for special systems including data/communication, security, CCTV, door access, and fire alarm.

The renovation of the building and its expansion required integrating the owner’s high-tech program needs while preserving the character and structure of the historic building.   The resulting effect was an successful merger of historic preservation with modern technology.