|[February 20, 2014]
McCarthy Completes Construction of J. Craig Venter Institute's Landmark Net-Zero-Energy Genomic Laboratory in La Jolla
SAN DIEGO --(Business Wire)--
Bringing to life what is sure to become one of San Diego's most iconic
Building Companies, Inc. has completed construction for the new J.
Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), La Jolla, located on a 1.75-acre
scenic site at 4120 Torrey Pines Road on the University of California,
San Diego, (UCSD) campus.
Designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF), the three-story,
45,000-square-foot building is an apt tribute to its prominent, coastal
location, with its long, slender shape. Exposed architectural concrete
panels, Spanish cedar wood siding, a wood-framed window curtain wall and
storefront system, metal panels, and an expansive photovoltaic array
give this building its signature identity.
The net-zero-energy facility represents the most ambitious sustainably
designed biological research laboratory project ever to be built and is
integral to JCVI's quest to perform the science needed to solve critical
environmental and human health challenges. The landmark building has
been built to earn LEED Platinum Certification.
"Our new facility was built not only to advance genomic research, but to
showcase how science can be compatible with the best of environmentally
sustainable practices," said JCVI Founder and CEO J. Craig Venter, Ph.D.
"Construction completion of this remarkable building signifies the
fulfillment of a long-time dream to return to the UCSD campus where I
began my research career and collaborate with other scientists in the
region to find solutions to our most pressing social issues."
The new JCVI, La Jolla, currently has about 90 employees but is designed
to house approximately 125 scientists and staff. The JCVI teams are
focused on a variety of genomic research areas including continued work
in synthetic biology; sampling and analysis of the world's oceans, fresh
water and soils to better understand the microbes living in these
environments; and new analysis on the human genome in the hopes of
discovering new insights into disease prevention and treatment. The
location of the facility, on land leased from UCSD, was chosen for its
proximity to and potential for collaboration with the many renowned
academic research centers in the La Jolla area.
The new JCVI facility comprises a three-story, 28,600-square-foot office
wing and a single-story, 12,605-square-foot laboratory wing. The
laboratory and office wings are perched atop the roof/podium deck of the
partially below-grade parking garage.
Solid-core cedar wood frames the windows - some 40-feet high - and
bamboo flooring adorns the lobbies and interactive areas. Large
conference rooms are equipped with high-tech systems to facilitate video
conferencing and collaboration with numerous global collaborators. The
west end of the third floor provides myriad social spaces, complete with
a cafeteria and small kitchen for staff, and a private conference room
dedicated to Dr. J. Robert and Betty J. Beyster, who in April 2013
donated $2.5 million to JCVI.
The light-filled laboratories have 14-foot-high ceilings, with
floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides. A catwalk above the labs enables
easy servicing of mechanical systems without disturbing the scientists
working below. Energy and water usage is carefully monitored.
The concrete walls, columns, footings, slab on grade, slabs on metal
deck, and podium deck utilize 30 percent fly ash, which contributes to
he LEED credits in the category of Recycled Content. For optimum
aesthetic appeal, the exposed architectural walls and columns use Type
III cement and feature outward ribs separating each panel. Concrete
cast-in-place stairways further add to the clean, modern look of the
building. McCarthy self-performed all the concrete work, drawing on the
expertise of the same concrete specialist who oversaw work on the Salk
Institute for Biological Studies East Building Addition, which McCarthy
completed in 1995.
To meet the client's goal of creating the most sustainable laboratory in
the world, the facility incorporates high performance architecture,
low-energy-use systems, water conservation strategies and onsite
renewable power generation. The building massing and envelope are
designed to maximize the use of daylight while reducing overall building
energy use. Being net-zero for electrical energy, the building will
produce as much electricity on-site as it consumes annually. This is
made possible by integrating numerous energy efficiency measures
throughout the building systems and using advanced building technologies
such as a Lutron lighting control system that senses when and how much
light is needed by occupants at any given time of day. The building also
incorporates operable windows.
On-site renewable energy is generated through the sizeable photovoltaic
roof. The project team also pursued aggressive water conservation.
Rainwater and condensation will be collected and stored in giant
underground cisterns with a total capacity of 90,000 gallons. The water
will then be filtered and used for operation of cooling towers, toilet
flushing and site irrigation. About two-thirds of the building's water
use will be supplied by rainwater.
Other sustainable design strategies include recycled content, natural
ventilation and passive cooling, low-water landscaping, high-efficiency
plumbing, sustainably harvested wood, and use of regional materials.
"Target (News - Alert) value design played the most critical role in the overall
planning and coordination of this project," said McCarthy Project
Director Craig Swenson. "McCarthy was brought in early to perform
preconstruction with the goal of significantly lowering the initial
estimated construction costs while still allowing the client to achieve
LEED Platinum status. This target value design approach enabled us to
maintain the integrity of the highly sustainable design while also
making the budget work for the client."
Swenson said that target value design also allowed the project team to
give adequate time and thought to such items as wood procurement, which
was done a year in advance.
Advanced technology additionally played a key role. The project team
utilized Building Information Modeling, Navis Works, and Bluebeam for
the electronic plan room, which McCarthy personnel were tasked to manage
as one of many ways of keeping project costs in check.
KPFF Consulting Engineers served as the structural and civil engineer;
Integral Group was the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineer;
Jacobs Consultancy was the laboratory planner; Andropogon Associates and
David Reed were the landscape architects; SC Engineers designed the
building controls; David Nelson & Associates was the lighting design
consultant; and Sustainable SoCal served as the construction manager.
About J. Craig Venter Institute
Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) is a not-for-profit research institute
dedicated to the advancement of the science of genomics; the
understanding of its implications for society; and communication of
those results to the scientific community, the public, and policymakers.
Founded by J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., the JCVI is home to approximately 250
scientists and staff with expertise in human and evolutionary biology,
genetics, bioinformatics/informatics, information technology,
high-throughput DNA sequencing, genomic and environmental policy
research, and public education in science and science policy.
About McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
For 150 years, McCarthy
has been building communities across America, both by constructing
essential projects communities rely on, as well as by helping those who
need assistance. The company is committed to the construction of high
performance green buildings; progressive job site technology; and safer,
faster and more cost-effective execution. In addition to San Diego,
McCarthy has offices in Newport Beach, Sacramento and San Francisco,
Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; St. Louis; Dallas; Houston; Atlanta;
Albuquerque; Kansas City; and Collinsville, Ill. McCarthy is 100
percent employee owned. More information about the company's history
is available online at www.mccarthy150.com
or by following the company on Facebook,
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