GMI Wins Chilled Water Services Bid for UTRGV Brownsville Project

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( — March 30, 2016) Bryan, TEXAS –Award-winning contractor GMI has announced it has won two contract bids for work at two University of Texas campuses. One involves installing chilled water services at the Edinburg Science building now being built, a project that is under the management of Vaughn Construction. The second involves providing similar infrastructure at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) campus’ Academic Building project being led by Bartlett Cocke General Contractors.

When completed, the Science Building will support the growth of the University of Texas’ Mathematics and Science Program in the region. Students who have already graduated from the program have gone on to attend colleges and universities across the nation. The $70 million building will support science research and education for generations of students to come. GMI is currently tasked with installing chilled water infrastructure in this facility.

The Academic Building is now under construction at Brownsville’s University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) campus. Garrett Mechanical, Inc. will install chilled water systems in the 102,551 square foot facility. Construction crews recently broke ground on the new $54 million facility, according to the Valley Morning Star. Two, three-story buildings will support the university’s general academic program. They will have space for science labs, music instruction and recitals, areas for study and student collaboration, and room for faculty and administration of several university departments plus the Learning Enrichment Center staff.

Garrett Mechanical has installed pipe, plumbing, and HVAC systems since 1988. It’s also highly regarded for its sheet metal work. Qualified to install chilled water services, the company employs its own pipe-fitting crews and has completed projects of any size. It has completed numerous high-profile projects in the regional education market, including ones with the University of Texas and Texas A&M.

“We’re proud to be a major contributor to yet another prestigious project,” Larry Garrett, Vice-President of GMI, said. “Working with Vaughn Construction and Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, our organization will be helping to make the University of Texas’ new facilities as superior and functional as they were designed to be. Our experience in the academic construction market means school and facility staff, and especially students, will have a premier space to work in.”

The Brownsville project is being managed by Bartlett Cocke, one of the most trusted general contractors in Texas with experience in higher education, healthcare, sports, and retail construction. Vaughn Construction is overseeing the Science Building project at UTRGV’s Edinburg campus. It has experience across the general contracting spectrum and utilizes the latest technologies such as Building Information Modeling and laser scanning.

Over the years, GMI has built a reputation of completing complex, high-profile projects on-time and on-budget. It depends on the training and experience of more than 250 workers. One of the largest mechanical contractors in the state, the company has been part of commercial and industrial projects ranging from a presidential library to a major hospital, to the University of Texas Health Science Center. Annual revenues regularly exceed $50 million. Garrett Mechanical has worked with literally hundreds of general construction contractors over the years and has earned the trust of a network of industry leaders.

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About Garrett Mechanical, Inc.

Garrett Mechanical, Inc., is an award-winning mechanical contractor dedicated to excellence in the commercial, industrial and health care construction industries.

Garrett Mechanical, Inc.

424 Marino Road
Bryan, TEXAS 77808
United States
(979) 778-3279