Helping to keep an educational institution at the top of their game

American University of the Caribbean

At a Glance

Location

Sint Maarten, Caribbean, North America

Contract Type

MEP Commissioning Agent

Client

DCK Worldwide, AUC

Area (SqFt)

78,735 sq ft

Project Value

$ 20,000,000

Sector

Education

Consultancy and management services for a centre of educational excellence

SESC provided commissioning agent services for the construction of a new facility for the American University of the Caribbean on the island of St. Maarten.  The new facility is a 74,000 square foot teaching facility for the existing medical campus. The building houses a 280 seat Testing Center, Group Study Rooms, Offices, Simulation/Exam Rooms, Dry Lab, and a 4,800 square foot Gross Anatomy Lab. The building is conditioned with fan coil units served by air cooled chillers and a dedicated outside air unit with heat recovery.  The Gross Anatomy lab has a 100% outside air unit with a heat recovery wheel.  The building has a full coverage fire alarm and fire sprinkler system.  The island is a Dutch territory and the electrical systems had to comply with European (Dutch) codes.  Electrical design included a 250 kW UPS system.  The site is currently self sustaining, generating its own power and water and the design included bringing local utility power and water to the site.  An additional generator was designed to be added to the generator plant and the site domestic water distribution pump was designed to be replaced to accommodate the new water and fire protection flows. This island construction project is the first facility on the campus to be Category 5 Hurricane resistant.

Project in Numbers

1st

Facility to be Cat 5 hurricane resistant

11,784

Kilometers travelled for the project

280

Seat testing centre