University of North Texas Biomedical Engineering Addition

  • Location:

    Denton, Texas

  • Client:

    University of North Texas

  • Construction Value:

    $12,600,000

  • Delivery Method:

    Construction Manager at Risk

  • Year Completed:

    2019

  • Specialties:

    Higher Education

Features & Highlights

  • 26,250-square-foot addition onto existing main building
  • Two large research labs, three teaching labs and three classrooms, including 175-seat auditorium
  • Open concept labs and classrooms for collaborative, cutting-edge research
Project Overview

At the University of North Texas (UNT) Discovery Park campus, Sundt constructed a $12.6 million, 26,250-square-foot addition onto the existing main building for the Biomedical Engineering Department. Before this project, the department had been confined to a small amount of office space. Now, however, the program’s new, state-of-the-art facility provides students and faculty with two large research labs, three teaching labs and three classrooms, one of which is a tiered auditorium that seats up to 175 students.

Working on an occupied campus within a 12-month timeline, it was crucial for all parties to be on the same page. The Sundt project team went to great lengths to mitigate and communicate disruptions, which included giving notice of all noise and outage events at least two weeks in advance. The team also worked to create as little disruption as possible to student schedules by navigating the academic calendar. Also, Sundt’s drone work—including 4K video and 360-degree photos—allowed the owner to stay abreast of the building’s progress and share the progress on their website with students and faculty.

Now that the new addition is fully operational, the Biomedical Engineering Department has the facilities and resources to make significant contributions to UNT’s research goals. The new space helps faculty to provide students the best education possible, and it has assisted the department in its efforts to earn ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accreditation. Overall, the new addition will aid in the growth of the UNT research community and produce graduates who will create breakthrough achievements in science and research.

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“There are always challenges during construction and even more when adding on to an existing building […] The Sundt team definitely rose to the occasion and excelled; communication, collaboration, and ownership are all key components to their success. The team always kept an open line of communication and transparency. Because of this approach and professional schedule management, the project completed early and within budget. I also have to mention that this was one of the cleanest and most organized job sites I’ve experienced in my career.”

– Jay Henson, Associate Director of Construction, UNT System

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