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

Life Science | Pharma
297,781 sq. ft.
San Francisco, CA

The Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building was constructed to strengthen the University of California, San Francisco’s (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. It also serves as 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. The building houses standard science labs and clinical and translational programs. The most significant challenge for VEC was to develop accurate 3D models encompassing the different purposes of the available spaces. These models are needed to meet the needs of each area.

VEC electrical BIM specialists worked on the neurosciences building project in 2020. During the project, we collaborated with DPR Construction, the general contractor. We provided critical services for this six-story, 297,781-square-foot facility, including QA/QC, DPR drawings VS design drawings, power, lighting, fire alarm, telecom, security, and audiovisual modeling.

With BIM technology and onsite quality control, VEC experts facilitated the construction process and ensured better coordination with the general contractor and other trades. We created high-quality shop drawings and utilized 3D laser scanning on-site, allowing us to map out and provide accurate, as-built data for the relevant life science facility, which was crucial for the further generation of 3D models.

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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With our robust on-site quality control and 3D system modeling services, VEC played a vital role during the project and contributed to building this well-known neurosciences building. The Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building has specific design features that can efficiently accommodate 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 demonstrated their expertise by designing accurate models to help 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, promote well-being, and build valuable connections.

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