Titan Electric recently completed Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) new flagship campus in Lisle, IL. As a nationwide provider of technical education training for automotive technicians, the new campus project redeveloped an existing 20-acre site adding three two-story inter-connected buildings for approximately 1,500 students and 200 staff.
The new 185,000 square foot facility features 22 separate laboratories, including a number of manufacturer and part-specific training areas for hands on training, classrooms, administrative space, multi-purpose room, resource center, student store and student lounge. A central laboratory space, the “high bay,” anchors the three buildings and serves as a focal point for the campus both internally and externally.
As many as 22 diesel engines are located throughout the school including the diesel lab and tractor/trailer refrigeration labs. Equipped with dyno chambers that rev cars up to 600 rpms, designing building acoustics was critical. Coordination meetings from the initial design phase through construction were conducted, along with MEPFP Design Build drawings generated through 2D Cad and BIM modeling. These meetings led to the design of specialty exhaust systems and carbon dioxide monitoring that prevents the contamination of lab spaces while vehicles are running indoors.
Titan Electric’s involvement included the installation of a 4,000 amp 480/277 volt building electrical service and feeder distribution to over fifty power panels. The panels service motors, lifts, lathes, power drops, work benches and classrooms, as well as distribution to the HVAC and exhaust mechanical systems. Energy efficient T5 lighting was designed and installed throughout the building, including the site lighting distribution and signage in the parking lot to comply with the IECC 2012 energy codes.
Titan’s Low Voltage Division was responsible for the installation of a complete addressable fire alarm system.