Davidson Hall Renovations
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia

PACE Collaborative provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services for the renovation of Davidson Hall at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. The renovation includes exterior repairs to masonry and window replacement and will fully rehabilitate the interior of the 28,688 square foot historic front section of the building. That portion of the building houses seven classrooms, in addition to multiple administrative and faculty offices for the Department of Chemistry. The building, which dates back to the 1930s, will get a full overhaul into a modern teaching-and-research building, leaving only the original stone facade untouched. The facility is on the National Historic Register and fronts the famous Virginia Tech Drill Field.

The mechanical systems utilized the chilled water, heating hot water and steam extended from the new systems recently installed as part of the Davidson Hall expansion project. The design also included the use of 4-pipe, variable volume air handling units. Zoning was accomplished utilizing variable volume terminal units with hot water reheat.

The electrical system was designed with energy efficient LED light fixtures and a state-of-the-art lighting control system, which includes the use of occupancy sensor to turn off general-use light fixtures, as well as convenience receptacles to further reduce energy use when the building is unoccupied.