Sustainable Living at UC Davis

True to its well-deserved reputation as a global trailblazer in sustainability-related research, instruction, projects and programs, the University of California at Davis campus has embarked on a transformative student-housing project that will be the poster child for sustainable living. The human values that UC Davis is committed to—“caring and personal relationships,” as well as “collaborative and thoughtful work”—are some of the same principles driving the $75 million design-build of the campus’ latest endeavor—Tercero Student Housing Phase III (TP3).

In addition to serving in a design-build role by working collaboratively with electrical engineer Guttmann & Blaevoet, Bergelectric has been able to help accelerate the project through the implementation of an intensive design-review process and phasing construction. By designing the phases concurrently and starting construction before 100% drawings were complete, Bergelectric’s crews were already mobilized on-site—performing deep-underground and under-slab electrical installations.

Electrical site infrastructure for the complex included distribution of 15kV to two new customer-owned pad-mount utility transformers designed to help bring EHDD’s vision of the site to life and accommodate UC Davis’ budgetary considerations.  Additional new site infrastructure included 480-volt and tel-data service to each of the seven buildings, as well as two emergency-power generators to service complex life-safety requirements.  Bergelectric also provided tel-data, fire-alarm and access-control systems in each of the seven buildings, as well as audio/video for a 250-seat lecture hall located within Building 2.”

Size
321,000-square feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$10.2 Million

Duration
March 2012 – July 2014

Delivery Method
Design Build

LEED
Platinum

Other Team Members
Sundt Construction
EHDD Architecture
G&B Consulting Engineers

Berg Regional Office
Sacramento

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