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UC Irvine’s Engineering Hall receives construction industry award

The building’s architectural team is honored for its ‘design-build’ strategy.

By Elaine MurphyPublished: January 04, 2012 07:30 AM

UC Irvine’s Engineering Hall – along with a team composed of HOK Architects, BFL Owen, Hensel Phelps and Carrier Johnson – has been honored with the 2011 Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) award in the Design Excellence in Educational Facilities category.

Engineering Hall, composed of laboratories serve that five engineering departments, was praised for the outstanding teamwork demonstrated by the architects in its construction and the building’s energy efficiency. The 122,000-square-foot building includes a 340-seat lecture hall and offices.

The architectural team employed a “design-build” approach to cut costs and energy use, resulting in a 55 percent energy reduction, compared to current energy requirements. By strategically placing the lab space in one wing of the facility, the architects saved money by installing a costly airflow system in the building’s laboratories only. The team met frequently, keeping the construction progress on track and ensuring that the building stayed within its budget. The $52 million project was completed in May 2010.

"UCI took the lead in the strategic vision and architectural utilization of the plan, from inception to completion,” said campus architect Rebekah Gladson, associate vice chancellor for design and construction services. “The design-build concept brought huge savings in both cost and energy usage. DBIA [the Design-Build Institute of America] doesn't give this award for projects that just meet expectations. It has to exceed expectations in every way."

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