Higher Education

OMI Novitiate – Godfrey, Illinois: Levis House Renovation

Construction Cost: $2.7 Million
12,752 Square feet
Owner’s representative

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Novitiate – Godfrey, Illinois is located on a 200 plus acre property overlooking the Mississippi River and surrounding countryside near the Village of Godfrey. The property was formerly the country estate and residence of the Levis Family, who assembled the tract of land beginning in the early twentieth century. Known as La Vista Estate, a name inspired by the incredible scenic qualities and natural beauty of the property, it has been owned and lovingly cared for by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) since 1950. The Novitiate is used as a spiritual residential facility for Novices of the OMI order during the year leading up to taking final vows and ordination as priests.

The renovation and improvement of the Novitiate is being undertaken by OMI as part of its continued stewardship of the property, including the historic Levis House residence (circa 1916) and numerous subsequent additions to the principal structure and support facilities added initially by the by the Levis family and later by OMI in the 1950-60s.

OMI’s use of the site and operation of the Novitiate and other programs continues the historic traditions of caring for La Vista. These traditions date back to the early twentieth century when the Levis family assembled the La Vista property for their estate. Under the protection and stewardship of OMI, the site remains as a natural and historic resource for the local community as well as the surrounding region in general.

Since OMI’s involvement with the property, the proud tradition of the Levis family has been continued – adding to the important history of the site. Today, the tradition continues in the under the stewardship and guidance of OMI, including operation of the Novitiate, the Oblate Ecological Initiative, and the OEI Learning Center, La Vista.

Texas Woman University- Hubbard Hall, Denton, TX


Construction Cost: 65 million

Size: 115,000 square feet

Services: Jasmine Engineering was selected to provide Building Commissioning Services for TWU’s Hubbard Hall. Commissioned systems include Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing systems and special building systems. Services are provided during design, construction, and post construction phases. The project consist of a new addition of  approximately 25,000 square feet and renovation of approximately 90,000 square feet in four phases. Phasing required continued and uninterrupted operation of existing Redbud Theater.

UTSA Combined Science Facility Renovation – 1604 Campus, San Antonio, TX

UTSA Combined Science Building

Owner: University of Texas (OFPC)

Total Construction Cost:$16.6 million
Size: 71,000 GSF (West Campus), 250,000 GSF (Life safety upgrades only)
Services: Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Commissioning

The project consisted of a complete renovation of the Life Science and Physical Science Labs, New Steam, Heating Hot Water, Chilled Water, and Processed Water for the Small Animal Lab, a New Central Chilled Water Plant for the West Campus Labs, Emergency Power for the West Campus Labs, and Life Safety Upgrades & Emergency Power for the Science Building. The renovated facility features 100% outside air supplied by a custom-built energy recovery unit with both run-around coils and an enthalpy wheel. The entire air load is exhausted through the energy recovery unit via fume exhaust hoods. Additionally, chilled water, supply air, exhaust air and controls will have redundant systems for continuous operation even during routine maintenance. This project was completed on time and under budget.

Texas A&M University – Commerce, Student Center, Commerce, TX

Texas A&M - Student Center

Client: Texas A&M University System
Total Construction Cost: $22.74 Million
Size: 219,438 GSF
Services: MEP Systems Commissioning Services

Jasmine Engineering was selected as the first Commissioning Agent the TAMU System had ever hired. Jasmine Engineering was involved from the inception of the project, which was a new construction replacement for the existing campus student center. Services were provided during pre-construction, construction phase, and post-construction. Services included design review, constructability review, value engineering, preparation of the Commissioning Plan and Specifications, Commissioning Team Facilitation; Pre-Functional Testing; Functional Performance Testing; Facility Staff Training, Seasonal Testing, and 10 Month Operational Review.

Alamo Colleges Bond Program Projects: Nail Technical Center, Gonzalez Hall, McCreless Hall, Chemistry/Geology Building, New Science Building, and Sutton Learning Center, San Antonio, TX

San Antonio College Technical CenterTotal Construction Cost:
 $16.93 million
Size: 200,000 GSF
Services: Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineering
Project Savings Realized:  $1.82 million

All projects were accomplished as part of the Alamo Community College District’s bond program in the early 1990s.  With the exception of the New Science Building, which was a newly constructed freestanding facility, these projects were extensive renovations to existing academic buildings. The buildings were at two (2) separate campuses and housed Classrooms, Lecture Halls, Teaching Laboratories, Faculty Offices, Administrative Offices, and Support Facilities. All projects emphasized energy conservation through high energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems.

Schreiner University, Student Center, Kerrville, TX

Schreiner University

Construction Cost: $21 million
Size:   100,000 GSF
Services:Constructability Review, Value Engineering, Design Review & Cost Estimating
Project Savings Realized:  $700,000

Jasmine Engineering provided Constructability Review, Value Engineering, Design Review, and Cost Estimating services for this new university student center project. Services were provided to the General Contractor prior to Construction Phase in order to bring the project into budget while preserving owner’s design intent and project scope. Jasmine Engineering came on board at a time when this project was over budget and late. Through design review, constructability review, value engineering, and effective revisions, the project was brought under budget and completed within the allocated time frame.

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston,
Galveston, TX


Client: University of Texas
Total Construction Cost: $5.8 Million
Project Savings: $630K
Services: MEP Systems Commissioning

Jasmine Engineering has provided a wide variety of services to the University of Texas System throughout the history of the company. The renovation of the historic Lipton Tea Warehouse for the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston was a complex project, focusing on total renovation and adaptive reuse of a historic property. Jasmine Engineering had responsibility for the electrical portion of the project for the upgrade of the campus central plant, switchgear, switchboards, main electrical feeders, data and telecommunications systems, and all interior space renovations, Jasmine Engineering provided services that resulted in a more efficient, easy to maintain system, all while keeping the facility running.

In another project, Jasmine Engineering also provided services for the upgrade of the main utility systems and primary distribution lines for the entire West Campus of UTMB.

More Higher Ed Projects

Southwest Texas State University Visitors & Admissions Center, San Marcos, TX
Texas A&M University – Commerce, Temple Building, Commerce, TX