LSU Business Education Complex

Posted on August 1, 2014 by -

ej-ourso-7MEP engineering services for new $42 million facility housing the University’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, and incorporating all existing business education academic programs and support elements within a single structure creating a “campus within a campus.” The new facility contains approximately 156,000 gross square feet including classrooms, computer laboratories, learning environments, study areas and building support spaces. The Complex includes:

▪       3-story Rotunda featuring a 3,500-ft2 central atrium providing study space and Internet access, a Student Media Lab and a Student Organization Studio.

▪       2-story Auditorium Building featuring a 300-seat Auditorium on the first floor and 66-seat classroom and lab space on the second floor.

▪       The Undergraduate Wing and the Graduate Wing, each configured in four-pavilions, and including 22 radial and case style tiered classrooms equipped with the latest in audio-video technology.

▪       40-person financial trading room “Smart Lab” equipped with up to date financial analytics and data.

Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (LADDL)

Posted on August 1, 2014 by -

laddl-2MEP engineering services for new 57,000-ft2, $22 million facility featuring Administration, Aquatic Diagnostics, Bacteriology-Virology, Parasitology-Clinical Pathology, Pathology, Serology and Toxicology diagnostics/laboratory and support facilities, featuring 24 fume hoods, 26 biological safety cabinets and 8 backdraft workstations. All laboratories operate at biosafety Level 2 environments, and the facility includes the only biosafety Level 3 lab in the entire Veterinary Medicine Complex. LADDL is one of 44 AAVLD accredited facilities in North America. Project features a 400 KW generator and a 4.16 kVA UPS system in a loop configuration to ensure power to mission critical labs and equipment throughout the facility.

Louisiana Nineteenth Judicial District Courthouse

Posted on August 1, 2014 by -

ast-engineers-judicial-district-courthouseMEP engineering services for new $99 million, 350,000-ft2, 13-story (including Basement and Penthouse) courthouse for the Louisiana Nineteenth Judicial District Building Commission. The fully-secure facility provides separate and secure circulation for the judges, public and prisoners, and includes courtrooms, judges’ chambers, jury suites, administration and clerk of court spaces, with an extensive plumbing precinct featuring approximately 170 toilet rooms (including bathing/shower facilities for judges and guards), and a 1,000 KVA generator to provide Life Safety systems for the high-rise facility.


Louisiana State Capitol Complex

Posted on August 1, 2014 by -

lasc-2Since 1967, AST has been engaged in on-going work at the Louisiana Capitol Complex. The firm has provided mechanical and electrical design services for more than 260 projects in the Capitol Park Complex, including 135 projects in the Louisiana State Capitol Building. Of particular relevance:

Buildings and Grounds Lighting Renovation:

Direct design for $3.2 million electrical and lighting systems renovation for the State Capitol Complex, including the State Capitol Building, the State Capitol Annex Building, the State Capitol Formal Gardens, the Pentagon Barracks and the Arsenal. Project design established the lighting standard for the downtown Capitol District. Design performed with sensitivity to pedestrian security, enhancement of night-time panorama, and demonstration of a positive presence in the downtown area.


Fire Alarm System Replacement:

Direct design for $882,000 removal of existing fire alarm system and installation of a new fire alarm system, including all new devices in the LA State Capitol Building. All initiating devices are addressable. System includes a new firefighters telephone system with phone jacks on each floor. New system is Y2K compliant and meets the requirements of the Louisiana Building Code.

HVAC Replacement and Renovation:

lasc-3AST was the Designer of the State Capitol Building HVAC Modernization Project, which consisted of survey of all HVAC systems in the Capitol Tower, and resultant report of recommended corrective measures.

This report formed the basis of the scope of work for a five-phase, $25 million project to remove and replace existing 1952-vintage primary air units and provide new air units so that Tower can be fed from a new four-pipe VAV system.

lasc-6All HVAC systems are being modified and redesigned. Project also included general renovation for Code compliance and ADA accessibility, energy saving lighting systems and computer networking, and is administered by the Louisiana Joint Legislative Budgetary Control Council.

All existing mechanical and electrical systems were required to remain in operation (at some partial capacity) during construction. Construction work was performed in phases, so as to minimize the disruption to ongoing business within the building. In each phase of the project, grouped areas were turned over to the Contractor to proceed with the work; Contractor then proceeded to the next group of areas when all work in the previous group was completed and re-occupied.

Where existing mechanical and/or electrical systems were to remain operational, all interruptions of such systems were limited to a minimum reasonable time. Outages were coordinated using a written request through the General Contractor, for approval by the Owner, and submitted at least 2 weeks prior to outage time requested.

Irene W. Pennington Planetarium and Space Theater

Posted on June 24, 2014 by -

MEP engineering services for new $6.8 million, 12,000-ft2 facility for the Louisiana Arts and Science Center. The facility features space theater/planetarium, an exhibition hall, classroom and teacher resource center and support spaces, and utilizes the latest digital and motion picture technologies to create a powerful education and entertainment complex for all ages.