Washington University – Jubel Hall

Home to the School of Engineering & Applied Science’s Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, the new Henry A. and Elvira H. Jubel Hall is part of the total transformation of the east end of Washington University’s Danforth campus. Major challenges include working in a large, congested site, with a massive underground parking facility and multiple buildings under construction simultaneously with school in session.

Murphy began work on the project in September 2017 and the owner took occupancy in April 2019. We were responsible for all mechanical, HVAC, sheet metal, piping, lab plumbing and gases, and building plumbing. Trimble was used to mark all the points and hangers embedded in the concrete pour. We installed three 18,000 cfm air-handling units and three 18,000 cfm lab exhaust fans, and associated pumps and piping. BIM was used to design, fabricate, and install the entire project, with piping, pipe racks, and sheet metal ductwork pre-fabricated in our Fab Shop.

Energy-efficient VFD’s were installed on all pumps, drives, and motors, helping the building to achieve LEED Gold certification. Also, we installed chilled beams in the faculty offices – a new fanless device system popular in Europe. Our team also sealed tight all joints to withstand any sound or vibrations from lasers and other sensitive lab equipment. All gases were treated as medical gases. In addition, Murphy was responsible for major utility tunnel piping going to more than seven buildings being built on the
east end of the Danforth campus.

Owner Washington University
Building Type Renovation
Project Size $10,400,000
Contract Type Lump Sum
Completion Date 2019
Project Duration 18 Months

Murphy Team

Project Manager: John Carter
Piping Foreman: Frank Schuette
Plumbing Foreman: Jack Knight
Sheet Metal Foreman: Dale Hirons

Project Team

General Contractor: McCarthy
Engineer: Buro Happold
Electrical: Sachs

Scope of Work

HVAC
Piping
Plumbing
Sheet Metal