UCSF Block 23A — Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building

Life Science | Pharma
297,781 sq. ft.
San Francisco, CA
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building was constructed to strengthen the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) basic and translational neurosciences research. It features various departments, including neurology, psychiatry, and neurological surgery, and focuses on expanding the university’s neurological clinical services. Also, the building is the headquarters of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. Designed to bring together the neurosciences community, it provides enough space for bench laboratory, desktop, and clinical research programs and clinical care. Thus, the building houses typical science labs and clinical and translational programs. Here, the most significant challenge for VEC was to create the appropriate 3D models keeping in mind the different purposes of available spaces. Such models would have ensured that everything works correctly depending on the needs of particular spaces.
VEC electrical BIM specialists worked on the neurosciences building project in 2020. During the project, we cooperated with DPR Construction as a general contractor. Thus, for this six-story, 297,781-square-foot facility, we provided critical services, including QA/QC, DPR drawings VS design drawings, power, lighting, fire alarm, telecom, security, and audiovisual modeling. With BIM technology, VEC experts can facilitate the construction process and ensure better cooperation with the general contractor and other trades. Besides that, we created high-quality shop drawings and utilized 3D laser scanning on-site. The last one allowed mapping out and providing accurate, as-built data for the relevant life science facility, which was crucial for the further generation of 3D models.
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With the robust on-site technology and 3D system modeling services, VEC played a vital role during the project and contributed to creating such a well-known neurosciences building. It has specific design features that allow accommodating patients with neurological conditions.
  • Our BIM & VDC tech experts helped construct an up-to-date facility involving the latest research labs and cozy spaces for meetings and collaboration.
  • VEC specialists tried to demonstrate all their expertise to design correct models and provide patients with a human-centered experience.
  • We helped all contractors and subcontractors create a hub where patients, researchers, and other visitors could feel dignity and well-being and build valuable connections.