Kraft Hall for Social Sciences – Rice University

EAB provided complete Testing and Balancing services for all HVAC related systems at Rice University’s Kraft Hall for Social Sciences, a 4-story, 78,000 square foot building.

Our team was asked to work under an unusually short timeframe, which required close communication with the General Contractor, Owner and all trades involved. This particular job had large corrugated ceiling panels connected with screws, which inhibited access to the HVAC equipment for testing and balancing. In order to overcome this challenge, a constant line of communication and pre-scheduling was required.

From the onset of the project, EAB communicated and worked closely with the controls contractor to provide a control template specific to our client’s balancing needs. This template allowed EAB to perform our scope of work without negatively impacting the schedule. Without this communication, EAB would not have been able to start until the graphics were complete at the end of the project.

Our team provided Rice University with energy savings and delivered an optimum operating facility by ensuring that all aspects of the HVAC systems were meticulously evaluated to provide comfort for all occupants, while protecting the building for years to come.


“Our team spends a lot of time in training going through various circumstances to ensure we are proficient in what we
do and prepared for all options when we are out in the field. Before we begin a project, a carefully

 thought-out plan is developed. Teamwork is critical to the execution of the plan. Kraft Hall at Rice University was no exception.

While it was a challenging project, our team was relentless in discovering ways to fix issues and find solutions. We didn’t leave the project until we delivered an optimum operating facility”.

– David Teague, Project Manager

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