I2SL's High-Tech Talks Webinar Series Presents:

Using a Hybrid Integrated Practice Approach to Create a High-Performance Laboratory: The Cardiovascular Research Building at the University of California, San Francisco

June 21, 2011
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time)

Cardiovascular Research Building
Research Building

I2SL presented the second webinar in its new series: I2SL's High-Tech Talks. This webinar examined how to use design-build and a hybrid integrated practice approach to create sustainable buildings. The session focused on the Cardiovascular Research Building (CVRB) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The new laboratory building will be the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) for New Construction-certified facility on the UCSF campus.

The building is a state-of-the-art, 230,000-square-foot biomedical research facility devoted to the study of cardiovascular disease. CVRB was developed using a hybrid Integrated Practice Delivery (IPD) approach. The mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) scope is design-build, as is the exterior skin of the building. IPD and lean construction principles were implemented to help inform design quality, project cost, and schedule. The team applied the Labs21 Approach in conjunction with IPD to maximize sustainability and to attain a high-performance laboratory while still conforming to budget constraints: the CVRB is on track to attain LEED Gold Certification and will be completed one month ahead of schedule, with its LEED certification cost estimated at less than one percent of the total construction cost.

This webinar helped participants gain an understanding of the strategies and methodologies applied in the CVRB project. Specifically, participants were guided to:

  • Recognize the value of a hybrid approach to IPD and the Labs21 Approach in optimizing sustainability, reducing waste, and maximizing efficiency.
  • Appreciate how IPD helps manage design quality, project cost, and schedule.
  • Understand the importance of sustainability, green design, and Labs21 Environmental Performance Criteria strategies.
  • Learn about REVIT and 3D AutoCAD software, which helps reduce fabrication waste, promote field productivity, and permit smaller crew sizes.
  • Understand how a common workspace can encourage collaboration, trust, and transparency.

The webinar took place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During the last 15 minutes, the webinar instructors answered questions from the audience.


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Professional Development Hours

Attendees of this course and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers and one Continuing Education Credit (CEC) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL if you need to receive professional development hours for viewing the webinar.

Instructor Biographies

Irene Monis, LEED AP, Southland Industries

Ms. Monis is a principal with the San Francisco office of SmithGroup. An architect and a sustainability expert with over 20 years of experience, Ms. Monis specializes in the design and construction of science and technology facilities. She has expertise involving projects on university and institutional campuses with a focus on green design, LEED, and Labs21.

Peter Pobjoy, LEED AP, Southland Industries

Mr. Pobjoy is a senior vice president and chief of design with Southland Industries. He is responsible for the growth and direction of Southland's engineering resources. His experience includes the design of acute care hospitals, research laboratories, mission-critical facilities, institutional buildings, and central utility plants.

Suzanne Napier, AIA, LEED AP, SmithGroup

Ms. Napier is head of SmithGroup's research and learning studio in San Francisco, California. Ms. Napier was previously project manager for Northern California projects in energy research, engineering, life sciences, and veteran's healthcare. A highlight of her career is her successful management and completion of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Molecular Foundry; a state-of-the-art, $52 million project with 96,500 square feet of laboratory and research space located in the Berkeley, California hills.



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