BYU Life Sciences Facility

Project Description

The Brigham Young University (BYU) Life Sciences Building – a five-story, state-of-the-art building which houses the Life Sciences departments – received electrical construction services from the Wasatch Electric team. 

Designed to be the gateway to the south side of the campus, the facility consists of two buildings connected by a common atrium with a three-level, 250-stall parking garage. Each level of the building steps back into the hillside.

The facility is approximately 265,000 square feet and features over 125 labs, including 16 teaching labs, as well as 70 academic offices, three auditoriums, five conference rooms, computer labs, a student advisement center, a help center, and commons.

Scope of Work

This project included all aspects of the electrical, fire alarm, and security systems:

  • Four 15-kV switches
  • Four 15-kV transformers
  • Two 6,000-amp building feeds
  • Two 3,000-amp building feeds
  • 1,250-kV generator
  • Seven automatic transfer switches
  • Nine distribution switchboards
  • Fourteen distribution panels
  • 176 branch circuit panels
  • Ten lighting control relay panels
  • 13 different lighting manufacturers across five lighting reps

Unique Attributes

In an effort to accommodate any future lab designs and maximum flexibility, steel supports were used throughout the building, enabling the ceiling to be installed prior to installation of inter-lab walls.

This style of construction means that any wall can be removed and relocated without rework, but it also demands close coordination between trades and intricate electrical layout.

We leveraged our in-house BIM 3-D modeling department and advanced robotic layout to assure the best electrical results.

The project team worked together to review all materials installed, with the goal of completing a building that would last for generations. Superior craftsmanship and ingenuity were required to install all electrical material in a way that masks and hides it from the general public, students, and staff.

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