A 16,000-square foot energy efficient greenhouse built on the roof of University of Texas at Austin’s Norman Hackerman Building. The Greenhouse includes eight separate compartments containing individual controls to vary the temperature, humidity, supplemental growth lighting and shading to allow researchers to apply unique settings for experimentation. A separate headhouse provides additional experimentation space, complete with three walk-in growth chambers and six smaller reach-in growth chambers.
Big State Electric, Ltd. provided dense branch power to associated environmental control chambers, HVAC equipment and high-pressure pumps. LED fixtures and lighting controls were provided along with 480V grow lights installed throughout. The project included the supply and install of lightning protection, A/V equipment, fire alarm system, access control electronic security systems and a video surveillance system. An intensive BIM model was developed for this project to determine routing and run clash detection between trades.