Lipscomb University’s A.M. Burton Health Sciences Building
Owner: Lipscomb University
Contractor: D.F. Chase Inc.
Contract Amount: $2,086,000
Lee Company designed and constructed the mechanical and plumbing systems for the renovation and addition of the building. The project totaled about 71,000 square feet, including several classrooms, a pharmacy school and an auditorium.
This building is conditioned with a geothermal water-source heat pump system, with 66 wells that are 500 feet deep. More than 12 miles of piping is used to reject heat from the building or to extract heat from the ground, depending on the season.
The plumbing systems include sanitary sewer and domestic hot and cold water, with 21 water closets, 6 waterless urinals, 29 sinks, 9 water coolers, and many more plumbing fixtures and drains. We utilized low-flow faucets, low-flow flush valves on the water closets and waterless urinals.
The improvements to the Burton Building are expected to reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs by over 40 percent. The system will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint of the campus.
This project was the first LEED NC 2.2 Gold-Certified design/build mechanical and plumbing project of any substantial size in Middle Tennessee.