UTA Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation (CEEI)
- mechanical / plumbing engineering
- electrical engineering
- 4,000 SF
BHB provided MEP engineering services to this approximately 4,000 SF existing shell space in the College Park building at the University of Texas at Arlington. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation (CEEI) includes one open office, four individual restrooms, one conference room, one classroom/presentation space, and one break room.
The client was under a tight budget for this project and our team kept that in mind throughout the design process. A cost saving measure used in the process was installing larger terminal boxes in some areas to reduce the number of boxes required. The original design called for seven boxes and our team reduced it to four.
Another cost-saving measure was in the commercial split system. The plan was to have a condensing unit on the 4th floor and a fan coil in the lower level of the parking garage, which can be pretty costly. To save on these costs, we used a packaged unit located on the first floor.
Our team also wanted to allow for maximum usable space in the building, so we installed the AHU in the lower level of the parking garage. This helped the space get its maximum usage and not have to worry about trying to fit a massive AHU unit somewhere in the building.
This building is currently in a “soft launch” phase, while it’s establishing goals for its programs, priorities, and opportunities for UTA students and staff. It has currently been helping UTA students work on their entrepreneurship skills, network, explore future career options, and more! It even allows faculty to learn entrepreneurship and economic innovation skills and connect the community to these resources with different workshops.
Ian Bost, PE, LEED AP
Ian Bost, PE, LEED AP
Principal | Senior Mechanical Engineer
Ian Bost began working at BHB in 2001. As one of the youngest and newest additions to the leadership team, Ian still considers himself a kid despite being over the age of 35. Ian’s success at BHB has fostered several new relationships with higher education institutions for which he has become the primary point of contact. His projects at UNT, TCU, and UTA are some of the most technologically advanced for colleges and universities. They have included systems such as single-zone VAV AHUs and chilled beam systems.
Ian’s passion for engineering efficient systems stems from his desire to be a good steward of the land. He is involved with the AIA 2030 Challenge and works closely with our clients to provide sustainable design. Over the years Ian has continuously been involved with professional societies including the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. His role as a past president of the Fort Worth ASHRAE Chapter has grown into mentorships for new chapter presidents and members.
He tries to live a balanced life with his family: wife Carmen and their four kids. Ian is a Texas Tech Red Raider Alumni who enjoys supporting his college and its athletic programs. Ian enjoys living and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
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Bachelor’s Degree/2000/Mechanical Engineering
Mark Arnold, LEED AP
Mark Arnold, LEED AP
Associate | Electrical
Mark Arnold started working at BHB in 1998 as an electrical drafter. After realizing how much he enjoyed the field, Mark decided to major in electrical engineering at UTA, where he was previously studying architecture and accounting.
Over 20 years later, Mark now serves as an Associate at BHB. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is involved in the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Outside of work, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, Carrie, and his son, Caleb. The three of them enjoy spending time with their canine family members: Laila and Millie, both Australian Shepherd rescues. Mark also volunteers and teaches a fitness class at his church.
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