Two Projects Receive ENR Honors
Two Freese and Nichols projects have been named to ENR Texas & Louisiana's 2016 Best Projects. The Center for Excellence in Energy Technology at Tarrant County College was named the region's Top Green Project, and Moody Bridge on the University of Texas Austin campus received an Award of Merit in the Small Project category. The Energy Technology Center now becomes eligible for ENR's national competition.
Education and Sustainability
The Center for Excellence in Energy Technology is the first new building on the Tarrant County College South Campus since the campus opened nearly 50 years ago. Landscaped with bioswales and native plantings, and shaded by solar panels, the Center was designed to a stretch goal of LEED Platinum standards. Speaking at the building's dedication, President and CEO Bob Pence described the Center’s twofold mission as education and sustainability. Project Manager Allen McRee notes that the Center supports learning opportunities in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technologies (HART) not available at other schools in North Texas, and will host programs in newer areas of geothermal, wind generation, active solar and oil and gas technologies.
A Bridge for Communications
The Moody Pedestrian Bridge at the University of Texas at Austin is the first inverted, modified Fink Truss bridge in the United States. With an overall length of 302 feet and a high tower of 65 feet, the bridge is supported from the ground at only one location, in the median of West Dean Keeton Street. Spans of about 150 feet on each side of the tower bear on the two buildings with only upward force.
The bridge connects the old and new buildings of the Moody College of Communications. Freese and Nichols was a sub to Rosales + Partners, who designed the bridge.