E&C Commercial Projects

B.J. Services/Baker Hughes Lab/Offices

E&C was retained by the General Contractor to provide mechanical, electrical and plumbing design for two buildings at BJ Services Tomball, Texas complex.  The first was the Technology and Employee Development Center which consists primarily of laboratories, offices, and large conference rooms.  Its 3 stories encompass 110,000 square feet; construction cost was approximately $18 million.  This building has 50 plus hoods and state of the art laboratory design for BJ’s cutting edge research.  The second building is the 70,000 square foot Administration Building which is comprised primarily of administrative offices, an executive wing and the BJ Services Worldwide Information Technology Center.  E&C provided the mechanical, electrical and plumbing design for the building, the Technology Center and emergency generator back-up systems.  The new building utilizes VAV HVAC systems with DDC controls.  Construction cost was approximately $12 million.


Medical Device Manufacturing – Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.

Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI), based in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a developer and manufacturer of devices that treat cardiovascular disease.  CSI needed a Houston area facility to service their clients in the Texas Medical Center.  Their move into Houston, dubbed “Project Heartbeat,” was designed by Philo Wilke Partnership as a one story, 135,000 square foot built-to-suit structure developed by the City of Pearland Economic Development Corporation for CSI.  The facility also includes a 6,000 square foot cleanroom.

The schedule for Project Heartbeat redefined the term “fast-track.”  With a kick-off by the design/builder, Linbeck, in late March 2009, the building needed to be ready for occupancy by October 1, 2009, allowing only 6 months for design and construction.  The resulting project was successfully completed on budget and within schedule.


Houston Area Safety Council

The new state-of-the-art campus features 65,000 square feet of comfortable training space situated on 34 acres of land, with room to grow. To better serve the membership, the new campus includes a 220-seat auditorium with stadium seating, meeting spaces, computer labs with 650 workstations, multiple classrooms, distinct study areas and parking for over 1,000 vehicles. - See more at: http://blog.kirksey.com/houston-area-safety-council-opens-new-training-campus.


Philo Wilke Architects

When Philo & Wilke relocated to their new office space they wanted a flexible, comfortable HVAC system that did not clutter the high ceilings detract from the appearance of the space.  After system discussions with clients, other Architects, engineers and employees, they decided on an underfloor air system and discussed the options, costs and complexity of this system with E&C to better understand the ramifications and concerns during construction.  The air system was designed and P&W investigated “build to suite lease back” systems.  They settled on a supplier that then worked with E&C to meet the comfort and quality level established by the design documents.  The space has met all expectations and has provided a comfortable, flexible space appreciated by the employees and owners alike.


TOTAL North America 1201 Louisiana

E&C provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing design and commissioning services for the tenant improvements for TOTAL’s relocation to downtown Houston.  Improvements included executive offices, conferencing center, training rooms, computer lab, data center.  Special HVAC improvements included CRAC units providing under floor cooling for the Data Center and Computer Lab with a separate emergency power chilled water system providing chilled water to the Data Center CRAC units when the building chilled water is not available.  Special electrical improvements included a UPS system with UPS power distribution to serve the Data Center, Computer Lab and all PC receptacles in the entire lease space, a standby generator set and ATS providing backup power for the Data Center, UPS system and emergency chilled water system allowing continued operation of the Data Center in a building power failure, and a SiteScan monitoring system monitoring the Data Center, Computer Lab, IDF Rooms and critical utilities which support these spaces.  Special fire protection improvements included Encaro gas fire suppression in the Data Center and FireCycle Pre-action fire sprinkler protection in the UPS Room and Computer Lab.

In addition E&C developed a comprehensive mechanical, electrical and plumbing commissioning plan for critical mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and witnesses all commissioning activities conducted under this plan.  The plan outlined the entire mechanical, electrical and plumbing commissioning process in a detailed step-by-step manner.  The mechanical, electrical and plumbing commissioning process included individual full mechanical, electrical and plumbing system verification and demonstration for Data Center and Computer Lab HVAC, electrical and fire protection systems, for the UPS system including confirmation of UPS power availability at all UPS receptacles throughout the lease area, for the emergency power system, for the emergency power chilled water system and for the site scan system.  After all individual mechanical, electrical and plumbing system commissioning was successfully completed, a complete Integrated Operational Test was performed to confirm that all critical mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems operated as designed during a simulated utility power outage and restoration of utility power.