Sustainable Make-Over of Farris Engineering Center, University of New Mexico


Renovation of fifty year old Farris Engineering Center incorporated numerous current energy conservation and sustainability feature in the project design. Building demolition left only structural members in place. The exterior envelope modifications increase available floor area and utilized advance electro-chromatic (automatic dimming) glazing. HVAC system incorporated chilled beam, demand control ventilation, Energy Recovery DOAS system, high efficiency steam heat exchanger, variable flow Hot Water and Chilled Beam Cooling loops, high efficiency DX equipment for cooling Computer Room facilities, LED Lighting with wireless controls for occupancy, dimming and integration to HVAC units. Existing pneumatic controls system was replaced with state of the art Building Automation System that also provided continuous commissioning capability through a beta test of data analytics software. Restroom fixtures provided reduced water usage and faucet/hand dryer devices also eliminating paper towel usage. These features help to provide enhanced classroom and office environment by improving indoor air quality, thermal comfort and space light levels.  This project received a LEED Gold rating under LEED 2009 BD+C for New Construction and Major Renovations.



Donald Swick, P.E.
Facilities Engineer
University of New Mexico

Donald E. Swick, PE, is a Facilities Engineer at University of New Mexico – Facilities Management Department.  Don has over 40 years of experience in the mechanical and energy engineering fields.  He was assigned as the Project Representative of UNM Engineering Department for the Farris Engineering Retrofit Construction Project

Professional Affiliations include Professional Mechanical Engineer since 1982, ASHRAE Member since 1975, and AEE Member since 1995

Professional Honorariums include AEE Regional Energy Engineer of the Year 2015, AEE Legends in Energy since 2015, and Inductee into New Mexico Association of Energy Engineers Hall of Fame 2016.

Association of Energy Engineers Certificates include Certified Energy Manager, CEM, Certified Energy Auditor, CEA, Green Building Engineer, GBE, Certified Geoexchange Designer, CGD, Certified Demand-Side Management Professional, CDSM, and Certified Measurement and Verification Profession, CMVP.