UCSB Classroom

95,000 sq. ft.
Santa Barbara, CA
2020 — 2022

The University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) embarked on constructing the Interactive Learning Pavilion, a cutting-edge educational facility to support current and future enrollment growth. The building is located at the southern end of the Library Mall and will blend seamlessly with the campus environment. This education building project comprises five tiered lecture halls, three active learning classrooms, and twenty discussion classrooms, offering 2,000 new seats. 

The design draws inspiration from the surrounding area, with outdoor spaces for collaboration and circulation on each level, providing views of the campus and beyond. The project is committed to achieving LEED Gold Certification and will operate entirely on electricity without using natural gas. When working on this classroom building, VEC's most significant undertaking was ensuring proper routing optimization and eliminating conflicts between trades.

VEC’s specialists participated in the Interactive Learning Pavilion project from 2021–2023. Our skilled experts provided first-class mechanical BIM & VDC services, including constructability review & routing optimization, prefabrication planning, 3D mech modeling & coordination, and shop & installation drawings creation. In collaboration with the MEP contractor, we delivered the required project outcomes on time and within budget. 

Our approach allowed for the reduction of various productivity deterrents. VEC’s ability to always keep the field in mind led to savings, mainly regarding prefabrication planning and material handling. Prior to starting the modeling process, the VEC team reviewed and marked the contract drawings, agreed on installation methods, and selected materials. This is a crucial step for capturing precise data, such as valve tag information and bill of material in 3D mechanical models to ensure they are used effectively during coordination.

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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Our superior mechanical BIM & VDC services allowed VEC to help build this state-of-the-art education facility. We helped UCSB to celebrate its spectacular setting by expanding the classroom capacity with new space for students’ social interaction and innovations.
Our professional team ensured faster creation of shop/installation drawings, improved special coordination, and evaluated constructability appropriately. 
VEC assisted in material waste reduction, schedule performance enhancement, better employee safety, and an increase in the quality of installation. 
With our services, all involved trades could strengthen cooperation, successfully overcome challenges and eliminate errors during the construction phase. 

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