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Constructing an academic neighborhood for learning in the 21st century

With more than 130,000 projected labor hours to complete the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood at the University of California San Diego, significant progress was made in 2020. Spanning 10 acres, it is the largest project in the history of UCSD. KHS&S’ work on an arts and humanities academic building, residence hall and performing arts center began in 2019. The $14M KHS&S contract included framing, drywall, fire and water proofing and plaster.

To install 250 miles of metal studs and 2 million square feet of drywall, prefabrication and the use of a custom roll former and a gypsum board milling machine were needed. These drywall pieces were used on ceilings, around window jambs and against concrete columns to eliminate taping and reduce finishing time. These metal studs were used on the exterior wall framing and eliminated cutting of studs and identified proper stud and metal backing placement. By prefabricating auditorium tiered seating, the performing arts center alone saved 400 labor hours and weeks off the schedule.

“Nearly 400 KHS&S employees worked on the project and managing manpower, securing large quantities of materials and coordinating logistics during a pandemic was challenging,” said Pete Iverson, Area Operations Manager. “Being able to overcome these roadblocks helped us to even further strengthen our relationship with Clark Construction.”

As the nearly $2B university expansion progressed, KHS&S was awarded another sizable project on campus for the Marine Conservation Technology Facility at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography by PCL Construction. The scope includes framing, drywall, finishing and plaster work. The $25.7M facility features classrooms and lab space dedicated to the study of biodiversity and conservation.

With repeat business consistently representing a sizable amount of work for the company over the years, this project yielded a similar outcome.

“Our experience navigating an active job site of this size, our familiarity with the campus project and our previous relationship with PCL Construction resulted in the San Diego office achieving our internal goal of securing additional work on the UCSD expansion,” said Iverson.