San Diego Office Update
Massive UCSD expansion comes to life on campus
At the University of California San Diego, students, faculty and administration are now occupying the residence hall, academic buildings and performing arts center that dominated the San Diego team’s workload in 2021. Designed to enhance the academic experience, enrich the campus community and spark research and innovation, the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood was completed with Clark Construction. On-site work began in the fall of 2019 for the multi-building project including framing, drywall, fireproofing, waterproofing and plaster. More than 130,000 labor hours were required to complete the $17M project.
Also completed in 2021 was the renovation of the coastal UCSD Marine Conservation Technology Facility at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to modernize and enrich educational and research programs. Work included the buildout of lab space, classrooms and offices, with KHS&S conducting interior and exterior framing, drywall, taping, finishing, plaster and firestopping. Throughout the project, the team was challenged with several mechanical changes that impacted the schedule.
“We worked closely with general contractor PCL Construction to focus on efficiency and production,” said Pete Iverson, Area Operations Manager. “We took the initiative to develop a schedule that addressed the needs and timing of all subcontractors involved, enabling us to meet project milestones and plan the work effectively.”
Taking pride in their community and beautiful coastline, KHS&S San Diego employees participated in an Orange County Food Bank volunteer event and the Seal Beach cleanup as part of Project Ampersand.
During the Covid pandemic, the team maximized some rare down time by conducting Zoom information sessions with area general contractors to educate them on KHS&S’ prefabrication capabilities. Tours of the Riverside production facility were conducted to showcase the innovation and value KHS&S delivers to each project. Seeing the process of how construction materials are produced in a controlled environment resonated with the general contractors to help them better understand how prefabrication can increase installation efficiency, decrease material waste, reduce onsite labor and improve scheduling to increase the profit margin.
“These informative sessions and visits strengthened our relationships with existing GCs, and we extended our scope reaching potential new clients as part of this successful business development initiative,” said Iverson.