Lubbock: Texas Tech Regents Set Max Price of Dairy Barn Renovation at $3.5 Million
Feature Photo (above): The Dairy Barn at Texas Tech University in Lubbock as it stands prior to construction. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Lubbock (Lubbock County) — The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents on Friday approved a guaranteed maximum price for the historic Dairy Barn renovation project of $3,539,061.
In so doing, the Regents increased the project budget by $3,238,754, and they amended the Construction Manager at Risk contract.
Current total expenditures from previously authorized funds are $300,307.
The project entails renovation and conversion of the entire 8,000 gross square feet of the historic structure to support the university’s collaborative learning environment. Upon completion, there will be new studio/gallery spaces and a museum/display area. The second floor will become an event space with capacity to seat 96 to 100 people and catering support.
Dairy Barn floor plans. Courtesy: Texas Tech University.
It will also have an elevator, offices, a conference room and support spaces.
Due to the original function and age of the building, a complete interior package is required along with all the mechanical, electrical, lighting, plumbing, fire suppression, security, stairs, and elevator to support such a renovation.
Asbestos materials have already been documented and abated.
The before/after of the first floor (above), and the second floor (below). Courtesy: Texas Tech University.
The exterior of the building will require replacement of the roof with a vented Nailboard insulation roofing system, renovation of the existing deteriorated windows, new exterior doors, stucco repair as required, and painting of soffits and trim. All these items shall reflect the Dairy Barn’s historical period.
Ingress and egress of the Dairy Barn will be coordinated with the newly designed and constructed Library Mall. But the existing silo is not a part of the renovation.
In February 2019, the Regents approves funds for the design phase and the award of a CMAR agreement for pre-construction services.
A designated historic structure, the Dairy Barn was designed in 1925 and completed in 1927. Two wings of the original building were demolished in 1966.
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