Bakar BioEnginuity Hub

Industry:
Life Science | Pharma
Size:
94, 081 sq. ft.
Location:
Berkeley, CA
Year:
2021
The new Adobe 100 Hooper campus is an addition to the company’s current historic facility located a few blocks away. The key project goal was to expand Adobe’s presence and operations in San Francisco’s Design District and promote an urban campus feel. The building’s design supports employees’ needs and reaches beyond the typical and boring desk set-up.
Being constructed from a cold shell, the new Adobe office building now covers:
Two lobbies and four floors of workspace
A dining area
A roof deck
Fitness center with meditation rooms and showers
“Media rooms” for those who are into music, games, and virtual reality
A library zone
A kitchen and a café
Multiple meeting rooms of different sizes located throughout the open floor plan
In terms of general BIM coordination, our biggest challenge was to establish the best possible processes unique for the Adobe 100 Hooper project.
Los Angeles International Airport is undoubtedly the engine of the regional economy, being the second busiest airport in the United States. In 2021, the construction of LAX Metro Connector began, aiming to elevate passengers’ experience and reduce the structure’s operational and embodied carbon emission. It’s a multi-phase aviation construction project involving the building of three at-grade light rail transit platforms that will be added to the Metro K Line at Aviation Bl/96th St.

Bakar BioEnginuity Hub transformed a historical building, the former Berkeley Art Museum, into a modern coworking life science lab that meets LEED Gold standards. With a new glass-fronted addition, the design represents Bakar’s modernization efforts while still celebrating the facility’s original brutalist style. The project aimed to provide well-equipped, cost-efficient space for local graduate students, young startups, and biotech businesses — effectively eliminating the gap between them and promoting cooperation.

The new life science incubator features private labs for companies needing more dedicated space, open office areas, collaboration spaces, conference rooms, student auditoriums, and public outdoor spaces. When working on this renovation project, VEC’s most challenging task was to design power models that would satisfy all the life science requirements while keeping the building’s irregular geometry and historical character in mind.

As a reliable BIM & VDC partner, we were able to provide appropriate BIM deliverables and ensure high-quality coordination.

VEC specialists worked on this 94,081- square-foot facility in 2021, collaborating with Plant Construction, the general contractor, and other contractors, particularly electrical. The scope of our services included power, lighting, and telecom systems modeling. Our 3D models were constantly integrated into a federal model, an approach that allowed all stakeholders to understand the situation better and detect clashes in the early stages. Our system was vital in the success of the build, given the building's peculiarities.

Since the facility is almost all concrete, upgrading power systems was a challenge, especially designing a new modern lighting system. The challenge stemmed from the critical need to minimize the necessary cutting of the existing structure to remain true to the building’s historic facade. VEC’s expert team ensured the robust lighting focused on the building's character-defining features, while meeting all the requirements related to various spaces within the hub and ensuring they aesthetically aligned to the overall vision.

Our scope of work at LAX encompassed the design and 3D modeling of the underground utilities across the airport’s 530,000-square-foot terrain. A task of such scale requires immense responsibility in terms of the structure’s safety and long-term functionality.The skilled civil team at VEC gravitates towards ambitious projects as they enable innovation to flourish. With our communities in mind we took on the challenge to “lay grounds” for other construction teams contributing to LAX infrastructure expansion.

KEY OUTPUT

Our general BIM coordination specialists helped all the involved project parties stay focused on creating a constructible model.
VEC brought clear shop drawings and layouts to the general contractor and client.
We cut down the number of RFIs and reduced carbon emissions.
Thanks to detailed, real-time cost data, like schedules, pricing, and quantities, our team estimated and predicted the potential project ROI.
With exceptional general BIM coordination services, VEC contributed to building a modern Adobe 100 Hooper Campus that achieved two key sustainability certifications — LEED-CI v4 and Fitwel,  supporting green building best practices and delivering to employees’ health.

ONSITE AT LAX

At the LAX job site, we stick to our detailed shop drawings to ensure the flawless installation of prefabricated materials. With VEC, LAX will get its infrastructure expanded with the best design and the accessibility of critical construction information.

The client’s expectations are VEC’s guiding light towards the project's successful completion. During the LAX expansion, we aimed at exceeding the results on set goals, as involving BIM and VDC technology in a project this demanding in terms of scale and safety standards was a venture for our client.
Acknowledging our client's trust and confidence in us, the VEC team was dedicated to providing clear and precise 3D models for the airport’s civil underground utilities. Using Revit, VEC BIM & VDC experts created 3D coordination models for each project phase.

3D models are digitally correct spatial and dimensional representations of the future object. Due to its shared ownership, the coordination model facilitates the overall project management and ensures the discovery of conflicts prior to issuing final construction drawings. Being able to walk the job site provided the VEC crue with invaluable insight into the other project trades bringing our virtual models to life in the field.

KEY OUTPUT

Having the responsibility to lay the foundation for the whole structure’s operation, VEC needed to be able to detect clashes and conflicts at the early stages of the project to then solve them within a reasonable timeframe. There is no greater assistant with such a goal as BIM & VDC technology that allowed us to:
Design and install a complex system of underground utilities for LAX Metro Connector, maintaining a high accuracy of pricing throughout the project;
Exceed our client’s expectations, creating the project’s coordination ecosystem that invited for entrusting us with more scopes of work;
Reduce the number and magnitude of issues that distract from project’s momentum;
Provide seamless functionality of the Metro Connector’s critical systems ensuring enjoyable airport’s passengers’ and staff experience.
Alongside being highly operational and aimed at facilitating passengers’ trip, Los Angeles International Airport Metro Connector is also a fascinating travel maze including Automated People Mover, bus plaza, bicycle and Metro Hub. The VEC team is proud to have contributed to the design of the core underground utilities of the central aviation construction project.

Electrical BIM & VDC

Our electrical BIM & VDC services cover power, lighting, and telecom system modeling. Also, the VEC team created a thorough BIM Execution Plan and shared it with all stakeholders to provide them with the correct understanding and management of relevant BIM deliverables.

Meanwhile, 3D systems’ models are vital to ensure their proper performance after construction due to the opportunity to detect and eliminate clashes quickly. That also strengthens project coordination as all parties get these 3D models and realize how the systems will be constructed on-site. After all, creating a unique environment that will offer student-centered learning is only possible with valuable BIM data and efficient cooperation between all contractors.

Civil Underground

VEC’s specialists deliver exceptional civil underground services for this educational project. They encompass various tasks such as 3D modeling, project management, BIM coordination, civil underground wet & dry (VDC), and onsite technology work. We have effectively utilized BIM software solutions such as Revitzo, Revit, and Navisworks throughout the project.

Our experts promptly document all design-related issues using PDF Markups and propose relevant solutions, including fittings and pipe length adjustments. Besides, we have created installation drawings to ensure accurate implementation in alignment with the plans. Lastly, our team performed essential tasks such as 3D laser-scanning, reporting on deviations from the current conditions, developing as-built models and drawings, identifying clashes, etc.

No items found.
No items found.
Our experienced team contributed to making the facility well-suited for enterprise and student labs while preserving its historical importance. Workspaces and other common areas contain materials contrasting and complementing the building’s original structure and providing a welcoming environment for scientific activities.
Creating first-class 3D models of power, lighting, and telecom systems allowed VEC to become an integral part of the life science project that is now considered a Berkeley designated landmark.
Through our BIM & VDC services, VEC helped other contractors address potential issues like water intrusion and build efficient mechanical, electrical, and plumbing infrastructure.
The facility has achieved low energy use intensity (EUI) and ensured operational carbon neutrality.
As a responsible BIM & VDC partner, we keep all our project documentation construction-oriented, well-detailed, and transparent.

VEC thoroughly examined the existing contract language to gain understanding of the BIM standards already applied. Making improvement suggestions relevant to the project, our team enhanced the contract’s effectiveness. Followed by a well-defined BEP and phase specific schedules, Campus Building 22 project secured a solid start.
VEC’s contribution to constructing such a state-of-the-art campus helped our confidential client to maintain its strong connection with the Menlo Park community. With a glass facade structure showing attractive design features like specific staircase connections and a long skylight, the facility became a landmark in the neighborhood.
VEC, as a first-class BIM & VDC provider, became a crucial part of the construction of this modern commercial office building with an enormous parking garage.
By correctly modeling power and lighting systems, our team made it easier for installers to build them on-site, ensuring time and money savings.
Being involved in this campus building project, our specialists assisted the general contractor and other trades to construct an energy-efficient facility representing the client’s innovative practices and sustainability efforts.

VEC Team Reviews

Omar Hussien

"It's amazing how fast and how much the bluff has receded over the last year. To capture and analyze this data opens my eyes to what this technology can be used for."

Jesus Chavez

"It was a pleasure working alongside AECOM to analyze the corrosion of the bluff using Laser scanning Technology and Drone Photogrammetry. The data we captured is essential as it will provide insight into the stability and safety of the bluff."