Working for the University of Florida, Campbell Spellicy provided mechanical and electrical engineering services for a complete HVAC replacement and lighting upgrade for this existing fully occupied 65,000 sq. ft. building. As the prime professional, we subcontracted Architectural services by MJG Studio, Inc. and coordinated with the Construction Manager, Foresight Construction Group, Client and Users alike.

The UF Music Building had failing systems and lack of humidity control for instruments for years which necessitated this renovation.  The $5.6M budget was required to be spent in less than nine months.   In order to accommodate this timeframe, CSEI worked with the User and UF PM to brainstorm and identify options, even participating in the CM interviews to ensure the selected team members shared the sense of urgency and had the ability to execute the necessary plan well. The resulting team was exceptional and, as a group, we were able to add scope to the project that benefitted the building while remaining under budget and on schedule.  CSEI then coordinated with the CM, Foresight Construction Group, to prioritize the design of long-lead equipment, demolition, and a Phase 1 so all could be permitted and begun while the design was still being completed.

As with many generational upgrades to building systems, the scale and complexity of the equipment/system replacements was significant. The existing steam and chilled water services were replaced to provide new, more efficient heating and cooling plants and facilitate upgrade of the inefficient dual duct system with a new VAV central station AHU and VAV zone reheat via a new heating hot water loop. The new AHU utilizes an ECM fan array for maximum efficiency and reliability while minimizing footprint and improving service clearances in the very tight mechanical room. In coordination with CSEI, our architectural consultant provided the design for removal and replacement of all ceilings in the building (including metal panel accessible ceilings in areas open to the weather) to allow all building ductwork to be replaced and the zoning of spaces to be improved. Most critically, CSEI implemented upgraded humidity control sequences that minimized the need for retuning of the hundreds of pianos and other instruments housed in the building, saving the School of Music significant time and money each year. All building lighting was replaced with new LED fixtures, saving energy, and greatly improving the aesthetic of the building.

Campbell Spellicy is very proud of this exceptional design and coordination effort which has given the Client and Users fully functional and updated spaces.

Music Building - Before


Music Building - After