The Terasaki Life Sciences Replacement Building consists of two wings with laboratories, offices, scholarly activity space, and building support spaces on five floors, plus a basement vivarium. The 175,000-square-foot structure is supported by a cast-in-place concrete frame with flat-slab floor decks. This building is the new home of the Biological Sciences department, divisions of which include Molecular Studies; Cell and Developmental Biology; Physiological Science; and Biology, Ecology, and Evolution. The building is LEED Silver certified.
Even though the contract on this project did not require 3-D detailing and coordination, PCL took the initiative to model the project as an added benefit to the client and subcontractors. 3-D modeling efforts were used to create the structural and architectural model for use by the plumbing, fire protection, HVAC, and electrical subcontractors. This led to the early detection of over 2,000 potential field conflicts, which resulted in a significant reduction in change orders for a project of this complexity. It also enabled PCL to complete the project almost two months early.
American Society of Media Photographers - 2011 Best In Class, Brick In Architecture Award
California Construction Magazine - Award of Merit, Best of 2010, Higher Education/Research
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