Confidential Center Utility Plant

21,630 sq. ft.
Sunnyvale, CA
2019 — 2021

The confidential Center Utility Plant project required demolishing the existing buildings to construct two new five-story facilities, a four-story garage with surface parking areas for over 2,000 cars, and a central utility plant. The new campus became home to about 4,500 company employees. Designed by world-renowned BIG Architects, the buildings are topped with amazing green roofs and sport gently sloping terraces that feature outdoor gathering spaces and cafes and offer access to all floors.

This scalable project included relocating and upgrading all the current street lighting systems, hydrants, irrigation systems, water supplies, and the like. VEC became an integral part of utilities’ reinstallation, mainly the central utility plant, which was subject to the customer’s design guidelines. The most significant task for us was to provide modeling of multiple electrical systems keeping the client’s sustainability efforts in mind.

VEC experts worked on the Center Utility Plant from 2019–2021. Our qualified team offered electrical BIM & VDC services, mainly creating 3D models of power, lighting, telecom, fire alarm (FA), security, and audiovisual systems. We utilized Revit software to provide all stakeholders with the necessary deliverables and collaborated with the electrical contractor.

With VEC’s BIM coordination model, everyone involved could see each building level and the entire project site. Our model covered various data types required for a complete view of the environment where the utility plant would be constructed. The proposed model elements are relevant building components and systems impacting the facility’s organization, coordination, access, and maintenance. Due to evolving project documents and procuring equipment, we effectively inserted actual pieces of equipment models into the general one.

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.

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By providing our high-quality BIM & VDC services, we created an up-to-date campus. The project focuses on increasing energy efficiency and reducing water consumption; its interiors obtain natural daylight and some solar power, ensuring greywater recycling.
Our 3D models of power, lighting, telecom, FA, security, and audiovisual systems helped reduce costs associated with different errors, omissions, and conflicts. 
VEC assisted in increasing fabrication and installation efficiencies by pre-assembly and repetitively installing identical components.
We created models exclusively for this particular scope of work and linked them to each other across disciplines to ensure better coordination and eliminate duplicate work.

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