TCU College of Fine Arts

Fort Worth, Texas


  • Education


  • mechanical / plumbing engineering
  • electrical engineering


  • 40,000 SF

Baird, Hampton & Brown provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering design for the construction of Texas Christian University’s new two-story College of Fine Arts building spanning 40,000 square feet. The LEED Silver Certified building houses the schools of interior design, digital media, and fashion design all under one roof. This new creative hub features nine learning spaces that will provide a unique learning environment for students to develop their creative skills further. Spaces include classrooms and labs with specialized equipment, computer labs with industry-specific software, a photography studio, archival storage for textiles, a jury room, faculty and support offices, and an exterior-facing visual merchandising display window.

The open-concept studio area on the first floor features exposed fabric ductwork. The building is tied into the campus’ central chilled water system and is served by a VAV central air handler with VAV terminal units. Boilers were installed to heat the facility. A dedicated dehumidification unit was provided to serve the clothing archival space.

A new electrical service and distribution system were designed for the entire building. The new electric service is tied into the campus medium voltage loop. Lighting controls were designed for new LED light fixtures. In addition to meeting LEED and energy code requirements, the LED light fixtures and lighting controls are designed to enhance the use of each unique learning environment. For example, in the studio, an addressable lighting system was provided so the space can be divided into four spaces, and the lighting in each space is controlled independently. The building has a unique lighting lab that allows students to test their projects under different lighting sources, such as incandescent, fluorescent and LED. The lab also will enable students to test different dimming protocols such as 0-10V, line dimming (ELV), and DMX.

Key People

  • Ian Bost, PE, LEED AP

  • Kirk Plum, PE, NSSA AP, CPDT, LEED Green Associate

  • Craig Gregory, PE

  • Mario Calzada, PE