San Francisco Fire Department Station

Industry:
Public Works | Water Treatment Plant
Size:
32,000 sq. ft.
Location:
San Francisco, CA
Year:
2022
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.

The new Fireboat Station No. 35 at Pier 22 ½ in San Francisco is a two-story, 32,000 - sq. ft. fire department station extending from the existing fireboat house into the bay. The project’s critical goal was to ensure sustainability and resilience. The building is a barge that floats on the water, supporting marine fire station duties. It will rise and fall with the tides and climate-related sea-level changes, offering easy boat access to first responders.


A dock, wet gear, and a scuba room are on the first floor, along with parking spaces for fire engines. The second floor is the living space, with dorms and locker rooms, three separate smaller rooms for officers, a library, kitchen, pantry, a day room, and an observation deck facing the water. Coordinating the overhead and elevations with the drive areas was one of our top challenges due to the heavy-duty doors and fire engines requiring so much space. Thanks to our expertise in BIM & VDC, we could address all the challenges effectively.

VEC experts worked on the San Francisco Fire Department Station No. 35 in 2020. The scope of our involvement in this project included lighting, power, fire alarm (FA), telecom, security, audiovisual modeling, and fuel/oil/electric for one of the contractors, McMillan Electric. Our team provided Trimble and shop drawings for the underground barge, first floor, second floor, and roof levels. Meanwhile, the shop drawings we supplied covered overhead supports, conduit routing, reflected ceiling plans, and equipment layouts.

Using Revit, VEC specialists created all the necessary 3D models to ensure better construction coordination between the involved stakeholders, including the general contractor, Swinerton.

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.

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This solar-powered station that can perform even during a citywide blackout and became home for three fireboats and rescue watercraft. And it is already considered one of the most revered local landmarks. After all, the new SFFD Fireboat Station No. 35 is among the crucial mission-critical projects the VEC team is most proud of.
Providing BIM & VDC services made VEC a valuable contributor to designing and constructing an up-to-date fireboat station that would serve San Francisco’s waterfront for many years.
Our experts provided all involved contractors with 3D system models, which was essential for the facility’s appropriate construction.
Fortunately, we thoroughly considered each nuance related to space conditions and satisfied customer requirements.
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.

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