UC Davis – Chemistry Lab & First Floor Renovation

Location: Davis, CA

Contractor: Roebbelen

Trades: Mechanical, Plumbing, Process Piping

Value: $9.4 million


M3 performed the mechanical, plumbing, and processing piping scope for UC Davis’s new chemistry building. This project will provide the campus with 40,000 SF of new research laboratories, upper-division teaching, research support, office space, and shared collaboration spaces for faculty and graduate researchers. In addition to the new construction, the first floor of their existing building will be converted from office and stockroom space to a new research lab, requiring an increased capacity in the building’s exhaust system. M3 plumbing and mechanical teams are responsible for the installation and coordination of all new plumbing, hydronic piping, process piping, compressed air piping, HVAC, and lab fume exhaust to support this expansion.

M3’s virtual detail construction (VDC) team modeled, coordinated, and detailed more than 27 piping systems for this project. Systems included: lab waste and vent system, domestic and industrial water, lab gas and vacuum system, de-ionized water, process chilled water, primary mechanical piping, and chilled beam piping system. Our manufacturing team prefabricated all the piping and ductwork required for this project. The new construction portion of the job was modeled at level 400 and prefabricated and the existing TI portion was modeled at level 300 for take-off. Additionally, the VDC team completed the Trimble layout and detailing for every level to pre-rack nearly all the pressure piping on struts and break it out into plumbing, mechanical, and lab gas racks. Upon project completion, there will be nearly 100 pre-assembled racks in total.


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