University of California San Diego Nanotechnology Building
New Construction Services
University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors of California (UMEC) provided HVAC and plumbing services to help this building achieve LEED Silver status
Continuing their development of cutting-edge technology in material science research, University of California, San Diego needed a new facility to provide a platform to delve deeper into nano-tube technologies and new composite structure materials for the aerospace, computer, and electrical equipment and construction industries.
The 169,000-square-foot building consists of a four-story laboratory wing with a basement and a four-story office wing that bends to conform to the site. In addition to research laboratory spaces for the Structural Engineering Department and Materials Sciences Program, the facility will provide space for high-bay testing equipment, auto-clave area and long-term testing suites for material processing as well as digital imaging computer rooms, large workshop spaces for student projects, and offices for staff and research faculty.
Major HVAC equipment consisted of five air handlers and three CRAC units that can produce 210,800 CFM, 11 exhaust fans capable of exhausting 296,000 CFM, six pumps capable of pumping 4,065 GPM, and four heat exchangers. Major plumbing consisted of two hot water heaters and two expansion tanks, plus 301 med gas outlets and 269 fixtures.
UCSD is one of the top 15 public research universities. Campus enrollment as of fall 2015 was 33,735, including undergrad and graduate students. UCSD has earned over $1 billion in annual research funding for a myriad of disciplines. Their mission is to “transform California and a diverse global society by educating, by generating and disseminating knowledge and creative works, and by engaging in public service.”