This new seven-story, 132,000-square-foot Biological and Physical Sciences Building at UC San Diego (UCSD) benefited from our past laboratory/research experience from a planning and execution standpoint. Our awareness of these technical systems and the coordination/installation requirements streamlined processes for the entire project team.
At UCSD, there has been an increase in students majoring in biology and the physical sciences. The university is expecting to admit an additional 6,000 students over the next five years to the undergraduate program, creating a need for more laboratories and teaching space for students and staff.
We were contracted to install the electrical distribution system, branch power, lighting and lighting controls, telecommunications, audio/visual, data, fire alarm, security, CCTV, DAS, and two-way communication systems for this new education building.
In addition, our BIM and prefabrication services helped to save precious coordination time and reduce the site impact during construction.
The building houses classrooms, laboratories, offices, and a teaching lab with seating for 175 students, which is one of the largest auditoriums on campus. In addition, a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility will be built, allowing researchers to continue to learn about the chemistry of molecules.
The project included installation of energy efficient equipment and lighting fixtures and a condensate recovery system and is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.
UC San Diego is one of ten campuses of the University of California and offers over 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.