UCSB Classroom

95,000 sq. ft.
Santa Barbara, CA
2020 — 2022
The University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) decided to construct 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. Besides, 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 challenge was ensuring proper routing optimization and eliminating conflicts between trades.
VEC’s specialists participated in the Interactive Learning Pavilion project in 2021-23. 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. Thus, we assisted an MEP contractor in delivering the required project outcomes on time and within budget. Our approach allowed for the reduction of various productivity deterrents. Meanwhile, the ability to always keep the field in mind led to savings, mainly regarding prefabrication planning and material handling. After all, before starting the modeling process, the VEC Team reviewed and marked the contract drawings, agreed on installation methods, and selected materials. That was crucial for capturing precise data, such as valve tag information and bill of material, in 3D mech models and using it effectively during coordination.
No items found.
By bringing top-notch mechanical BIM & VDC services, VEC contributed to building such a state-of-the-art education facility. Thus, we helped UCSB to celebrate its spectacular setting and expand 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.