Zymergen HQ — Emeryville

Life Science | Pharma
357,243 sq. ft.
Emeryville, CA

Zymergen has leased a 357,000-square-foot building in the Emeryville Center of Innovation campus. This particular center is among the most prominent destinations for next-generation life science and tech companies based in the Bay Area. As one of the national leaders in science and material innovation, Zymergen sought out a new headquarters to accommodate its rapid growth and seat more personnel in one location. 

Zymergen produces microbes that can be used to create specialized molecules. They use these genetically altered microbes to manufacture a variety of cutting-edge materials. VEC’s most challenging task was to design all necessary system models to ensure the effectiveness of Zymergen’s operations and meet all regulatory requirements.

VEC started working on this state-of-the-art life science project in 2022. From the beginning, we have been a crucial part of this project and maintained efficient collaboration with all involved contractors. The VEC Team has provided power, lighting, fire alarm (FA), emergency responder radio communications systems (ERRCS), and security system modeling services with the help of Revit software.

Our qualified BIM & VDC specialists created a thorough BIM Execution Plan. This is a vital step for further appropriate project coordination, data sharing, and management of BIM deliverables. The created 3D systems models have enabled all stakeholders to learn how these systems will look and work after construction. Our approach is advantageous as it helps improve communication between all parties and reduces project costs.

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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The good news for the local and surrounding communities is that this new space will allow Zymergen to create 1,200 new jobs, highlighting the Emeryville Center of Innovation's importance in this area.
With our BIM & VDC services, we have assisted in creating a purpose-built lab hub that will promote the growth of life science and the manufacturing of innovative products.
By providing the necessary 3D models, our experienced team has ensured the proper performance of the customer’s machinery and other equipment, which is essential for their work with microbes and material manufacturing for various industries.
VEC is proud to have assisted all stakeholders and the customer in project delivery and contributed to creating the facility that will allow Zymergen to scale its operations efficiently.

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