The Center of Excellence for Energy Technology is designed to house the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program, as well as future training programs for renewable energy technologies. A public auditorium invites the local community to learn more about this growing industry through the unique design of this building, including 13 labs, think-tank areas, green roofs, rainwater harvesting, wind turbines and solar panels. The facility is located on the Tarrant County College South Campus and is one of only two non-residential structures in Tarrant County that has earned LEED® Platinum certification.
Filled with natural light and the latest technology, the 87,000-square-foot, $42-million learning and training center features an exposed color-coded mechanical infrastructure to aid with teaching. Among the facility’s green features: 416 solar panels providing one-third of the building’s energy; LED lights to reduce energy use and decrease cooling loads; geothermal heating and cooling systems; sustainable water management practices; an outdoor garden bioswale (rain garden); and touch-screen monitors providing real-time data on the building’s energy consumption.
Freese and Nichols is the architect of record and designed the facility in partnership with the BNIM architectural firm. Our team also provided construction management services.