Owner: Texas A&M University
Services: Civil, Geotechnical, Structural, Survey
Location: Bryan, TX
Gessner Engineering is the civil, structural, and geotechnical engineer for the three-story research building which provides office and research labs to support interdisciplinary engineering research teams.
The project also included $30 million infrastructure and roadway extension and upgrades. The infrastructure consisted of a mile-long extension of the RELLIS Parkway and creation of thermal, electrical, telecom, water, and condensate recovery utility loops on the northwest side of the RELLIS Campus back to the main loops. The proposed utility extensions included crossing four existing runways. The infrastructure also included a regional lift station and force main from west of the runways back to the main campus sanitary system.
The structure consists of a cast-in-place, one-way floor slab over void forms, founded on straight shaft piers. The above second and third floors consist of composite floor systems with steel beams and concrete over metal deck. The adjacent high-bay area houses two crane bays and connecting mezzanine. The roof structure consists of bar joists and wide flange beams to create a flat roof space with a perimeter sloped roof. Steel braced famed frames are utilized for lateral resistance.