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American Concrete Institute
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Bituminous Certificate of Excellence
for Employee Safety
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AGC External Constructability
Brazos Valley Contractors Association
Design-Build Institute of America
The Commons is located in the Southeast portion of the Texas A&M University main campus, in an area that is largely populated with residence halls. In addition to serving the students from the surrounding residence halls, its location near the center of campus makes the Commons a convenient destination for many other students who wish to eat, study, or hang out with friends. The population of the residence halls on the South side that use Commons is approximately 3,800 students. This number represents the necessary dining capacity for planned renovations and additions to Commons.
The "New Commons" is envisioned to be a pleasant, inviting, and stimulating environment that welcomes students and contributes to their success, a place that is upbeat, dynamic, energetic, and visually open and a destination that gathers groups of students to eat, socialize, and study together, strengthening the social fabric of the campus.
The program of requirements, provided by the architect, will include the comprehensive
architectural renovations to the Commons, upgrades necessary to meet applicable codes, and system replacements. The structural framework and building envelope will remain with additional structural support needed for clerestory installation, creating floor opening between floors, relocating interior stairway, creating covered porch expansions, redesigning of a back entrance and the relocation of the existing service dock. Most other building systems will be replaced in their entirety to upgrade for code compliance and replacement of out dated equipment for example the entire HVAC system will need to be redesigned and upgraded.
All of the electrical to the dorms feed out of the Commons so provisions will need to be made for the dorms to remain operational during construction. Each dorm (Krueger, Mosher, Aston and Dunn) has its own pump for chill and heating water so can they can be isolated during construction. The Commons Building will be closed for construction but the surrounding dorms will remain open and operational. A new electrical system including a substation located inside the Commons that serves the existing four dorms will be replaced with a short outage for the dorms.
All dining related work must be closely coordinated through the Texas A&M University users with direct input from the Texas A&M University contracted food service provider, Chartwells. MEP rough-ins and connections will be part of the construction for this project.
All work related with the convenience store must be closely coordinated through Texas A&M University users with direct input from the convenience store operator, Chartwells (Outtakes).
All work related with the mail operation must be coordinated through Texas A&M University users with direct input from the mail operator, Postal Plus.
Organizations that are to be relocated during renovation are:
South area office
24 Hour Desk Operation
Custodial offices and crew Area (2 crews)
Undergraduate and Graduate Programs Office until the relocate out
The Campus Master Plan recommends few changes to this part of Campus. In fact, the
Commons and its surrounding residence halls may be in service for many decades to come. The proximity of this housing district to the center of campus and its density of buildings make it well suited to the goal offering a walkable, pedestrian friendly campus. Site development will include connecting to existing utility infrastructure and landscaping and evaluating the storm water drainage system. Improvements of the existing storm drainage system needs to be evaluated and constructed in order to prevent flooding in the Commons basement as has occurred in the past. There will be no additional parking or parking requirement. Planned additions on the north side of Commons will require closure of the existing circular drive. There is considerable bicycle parking currently at Commons but additional bicycle parking will need to be created at the back/south side of the building. Adjustments to the site must take into account this bicycle parking, providing ample and convenient location on site.
Efficient, deliberate and responsible preservation of the environmental, social and economic resources, including increased energy efficiency must be achieved through sustainable practices with this project. The sustainable goal for this project is to achieve a LEED Silver level. The Project Architect/Engineer (Project A/E) team is responsible for the design as requested for this project.