Featured Photo (above): Texas Tech University plans to renovate its Health Sciences Center campus building in Dallas. The structure was built in the 1980s. Image: Google Streets
by Edmond Ortiz
Lubbock (Lubbock County)–The Texas Tech University System (TTUS) is planning to carry out major renovations to a multi-story Dallas office building that it owns and operates as part of its Health Sciences Center there.
The Facilities Committee under the TTUS Board of Regents voted Aug. 8 to approve the concept and expenditures for a planned $15.5 million makeover of the Southwest Professional Building located at 5920 Forest Park in Dallas.
Built in the 1980s, the 63,000-square-foot, seven-story, concrete complex is home to Texas Tech’s local Health Sciences Center campus, and includes an open concrete parking garage. The structure is located in the Parkland Memorial Hospital District.
According to university system documents, Texas Tech President Dr. Lawrence Schovanec recommended approving the project concept and spending $1.39 million on a design services agreement with Parkhill, Smith and Cooper, a Lubbock-based architectural and engineering firm.
Parkhill, Smith and Cooper will oversee the project’s programming and schematic design phases, provide a statement of probable cost, constructability review and a project schedule.
Once this initial phase of planning is completed, Parkhill, Smith and Cooper will oversee final design development and the development of construction documents.
The board of regents must give the concept final approval.
The project’s scope of work will involve:
- Repair/replacement of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems;
- Modifications and/or replacement of existing fire protection systems;
- Fire alarm modifications;
- Mitigation of potential identified hazardous materials;
- Exterior renovations to the building envelope; and
- Interior modifications required to meet the university’s programming needs.
The project’s scope of work is based upon prior assessments of the facility and past technical evaluations.
Walker Consultants Inc., a structural engineering firm with several U.S. offices including Dallas and Houston, completed an exterior wall visual evaluation report last January.
The following month, Parkhill, Smith and Cooper completed a mechanical, plumbing, electrical and utilities assessment. Two companies surveyed the building in late 2011.
A building master plan, courtesy of Parkhill, Smith and Cooper, is due to be completed at the end of this month.
According to the Facilities Committee’s documents, TTUS officials feel that the upgrades and repairs are needed urgently, so the design professional was selected from the university system’s approved design professional pre-qualification list.
Parkhill, Smith and Cooper was chosen based on “their specific and extensive knowledge of the building and its condition,” project documents stated.
Parkhill, Smith and Cooper has worked on wide variety of projects. Many of those projects have been new construction, improvements or additions of educational facilities, including Texas Tech’s Jerry Rawls College of Business Administration building.