Solutions for institutions

The latest advances in green design and construction are often found in the halls of major universities and other institutional buildings. For these organizations, sustainability is a passion. It’s the same for us. In fact, we’ve worked so hard to support this important cause that we’ve been named Tennessee’s first Certified Green Contractor. Our integrated engineering, construction and maintenance teams deliver turnkey solutions for Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and many others.

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Institutional Services

Lee Company has the experience to keep your institutional facilities running with minimal downtime and maximum sustainability. To get the job done right, we deliver comprehensive construction, renovation, maintenance and facility management services, including:

institutional services

  • Design/build mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems
  • Designs from LEED-accredited design professionals
  • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing diagnostics and forensics
  • Facility management and maintenance
  • Commissioning/building automation systems/test and balance
  • Energy services
  • Water treatment
  • Specialty fabrication

View a detailed list of Lee Company services including construction, facilities management, facility services and more.

Our projects

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Horrell Residence Hall

Nashville, Tennessee

Owner: Belmont University
Contractor: R.C. Mathews Contractor
Contract Amount: $1,893,885

Lee Company was chosen to be the design/build mechanical and plumbing contractor for this stunning new five-story residence hall. The building sits atop a 558-space parking garage and offers students apartment like living. Each unit features four or five bedrooms, a full kitchen, and living area.

The building includes 250 plumbing fixtures, 6,500 feet of sanitary piping and 10,655 feet of domestic water piping. We substantially reduced the amount of cast iron pipe needed by using a sovent system that does not require conventional re-venting. We installed 132 tons of variable-flow refrigerant equipment, 14,445 feet of refrigerant piping serving 79 units throughout the building, and 36,467 pounds of sheet metal ductwork.

Because space in the heart of the city is limited, Lee Company pre-assembled and delivered components to the site for just-in-time delivery.

The new facility was completed on time and under budget.

Belmont University’s Randall and Sadie Baskin Center

Nashville, Tennessee

Owner: Belmont University
Contractor: R.C. Mathews Contractor
Contract Amount: $2,000,000

Lee Company was chosen as the plumbing and mechanical contractor for Belmont University’s new law building, the Randall and Sadie Baskin Center. The space features a library, trial courtroom, jury deliberation room and large tiered classrooms.

The main building is conditioned by 57 Trane water-source heat pumps, for a total of 294 tons. These units are piped to three different circuits, then routed to a geothermal field. Lee Company installed two rooftop AAON units with a total of 17,600 CFM to provide building exhaust and outside air.

Inside the building, the plumbing and storm systems include 15,500 feet of piping, 87 fixtures and 53 drains. Hot water was provided with the use of a 140,000-BTU PVI water heater located in the penthouse.

The project began with a real groundbreaking—digging through 50 feet of solid rock to build a large parking facility below the building. That 190,290-square-foot space is ventilated with the use of 14 exhaust fans for a total of 285,775 CFM. There is a storm-dewatering pit located in the lowest level of the parking garage that houses three 300-GPM pumps. Condenser water is routed through 6,100 feet of piping and controlled by six pumps located in the top-level parking garage.

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Lipscomb University’s A.M. Burton Health Sciences Building

Nashville, Tennessee

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.



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