The UMass Dartmouth renovation and systems upgrade project is nearing completion. Unique Metal Works and their sister company Arden Engineering have worked jointly on this three-phase project for the past two years. Initially, the high-priority critical repairs were completed on the building systems that reached their end of the life cycle. Urgent repairs and upgrades were also completed to the building envelope, roof, curtainwall, HVAC system, new switchgear, fire alarm, fire sprinkler system, and building accessibility. The building has remained two-thirds occupied during all three phases.

Unique Metal Works and Arden Engineering’s VDC (Virtual Design & Construction) teams modeled all mechanical piping, equipment, and extensive ductwork required. The was a key benefit of using 3D scanning equipment and layout mapping software, ensuring the accuracy of installations in very confined spaces of the 1969 building.

Equipment installation included three new rooftop AHUs, 89 MAHUs in the classroom and lab spaces, 28 new exhaust fans, cabinet unit heaters, chiller, pumps, VFDs, heat exchangers, and chemical treatment system, and cooling tower.