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.