Higher Education

Having worked for higher education clients for over 25 years, we offer a broad range of experience building all types of university facilities, including science teaching and research laboratory facilities, general classroom buildings, student unions, dormitories, parking garages, central plants, and more. We understand how to effectively balance the needs and desires of faculty, staff and students with the goals and requirements of the campus and university system facilities departments. We know that buildings must open before the next semester starts. We know how to work adjacent to occupied facilities and in sensitive environments where safety of your campus residents is paramount.

Library Renovation

The seven-story Alkek Library at Texas State University was constructed in 1990. Since then, technology has advanced dramatically, making the library’s infrastructure outdated. The university hired Vaughn to upgrade the 308,000 SF facility’s existing electrical and telecommunications infrastructure in preparation for the building’s future redesign.

Not only did the electrical system need to be upgraded, but the building had no space for the data and telecommunication connections. Vaughn provided partial renovation of the building to create dedicated data rooms and installed raised access flooring to accommodate the updated connections. The remaining scope of work included waterproofing repairs, HVAC renovations, new electrical, and new data infrastructure. Electrical service to the facility could not be interrupted since the building remained occupied throughout the renovation, leaving very limited windows of time for shutdowns and tie-ins. The entire facility’s electrical service and infrastructure was activated during Christmas Break, with only a week and a half downtime.

The newly renovated facility features the latest technology available to support students and faculty in their quest for knowledge, as well as to accommodate the future building capacity and improvements.

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