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University of Washington

Dempsey Indoor Practice Facility, Seattle,WA

building total area

100,000 SF

completion date


total construction cost



University of Washington

a/e team

Carlson Architects

Greenbusch Mechanical Engineers

Casne Electrical Engineering

construction team

Baugh Construction General Contractors

Holaday Parks Mechanical Contractors

EHS Electrical Contractors

Siemens DDC Controls Contractor


project description

The Dempsey Indoor Practice Facility provides a cold-weather practice venue for the University of Washington Husky football and track teams. The facility is fully heated, extending the practice season and reducing injuries. Husky football also considers the facility to be a strong recruiting tool for new student athletes. Notable features include a sophisticated netting control system and indoor lighting system. Also featured is the tallest indoor batting cage installed in the United States.

services provided

WJC (under CDi Engineers) was sub-contracted by the General Contractor to provide Test Engineer Services. WJC provided a commissioning plan, performed design reviews, assisted in establishing the operational basis of design, directed and witnessed Contractors conduct functional performance tests, wrote/executed special systems functional performance tests, coordinated all mechanical and electrical testing, and assisted in the resolution of mechanical system operational problems. Power Systems Engineering partnered with WJC to provide emergency power commissioning.

systems tested

DDC control system, 4 gas-fired rooftop air handling units, 10 exhaust fans, outside air ventilation system including sequencing of 10 large automatic outside air dampers, 1 domestic hot water heater, 1 emergency generator, automatic transfer switches, emergency lighting, athletic netting control system, indoor lighting control system, HVAC/Fire Alarm system interfaces, Seattle Fire Department fire alarm system testing, and TAB verification.