Location: Lubbock, TX
Design of a 7,500 sq.ft., 250-seat, non-denominational Spanish Renaissance chapel on the Texas Tech University campus. The intent was to create a simple but elegant, multifunctional chapel capable of supporting a broad range of religious services. Supported by gifts, donations, and generated revenue, the chapel required high quality, energy efficient features to minimize operating costs.
The MEP systems were integrated into the building design and intended to have low visual impact. Due to initial cost concerns, packaged HVAC equipment was used on this project. There was little or no energy penalty given that the facility will not have routine or predictably heavy use. Low water consumption, sensor type fixture selections resulted in up to 50% water saving compared to normal installations. Additional energy savings were incorporated into the building through occupancy sensing control of both the lighting and HVAC systems.