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UNH Telecommunications Building

Durham NH

The University of New Hampshire selected Charters Brothers as their construction manager in charge of constructing this 7,200 sf telecommunications building at their Durham campus. The data center is located on the first floor while the second story provides office and conference areas for the IT staff.

The new two-story building, located within the heart of the campus, is the demarcation for the campuses telecommunications infrastructure. The concrete and steel building is uniquely clad in with super insulated metal panels which provide a complete AVB and thermal break at the envelope. The windows are highly efficient kalwall gel windows. The HVAC systems include Liebert heat pump systems with redundant backups. There is a state-of-the-art halon fire suppression system protecting the data center. Lighting is high efficiency LED, and the building and its electronics are protected by a grounding grid.

Project Snapshot

Owner:University of New Hampshire
Architect / Engineer:Oakpoint Associates
Construction Manager at Risk
Completion:Fall 2020
Challenges:Constrained Site, Structural Upgrades, Fast Track, Budget Constraints
Awards:AIA New Hampshire 2021 Citation Award for Excellence

2021 Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture by the AIA Maine

2021 Excellence in Construction Excellence Award from Associated Builders and Contractors, NH & VT

“It was clear during the interview process that Charters Brothers Construction had thought through numerous “what if” scenarios and had suggested solutions prepared for each. This coupled with their expertise in accurate estimating, and their proven track record of working collaboratively with owners and design teams made them the perfect choice as the construction manager for this complicated addition. As the project progressed it was obvious that the University made the right choice. The Charters Brothers team treated the facility as their own.”

Mark E. Geuther
Senior Project Manager, Facilities
University of New Hampshire

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