University of California, Riverside, Physical Sciences Building
The University of California Riverside, which doubled in student population from 1997 to 2004, began the largest capital improvement program in its 50-year history. As an extension of the Master Plan for the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Physical Sciences I became a reality.
Because public funds were used for this project attention to control of costs and schedule were particularly important. The design team responded by providing the University with cost-effective engineering solutions while shortening the already fast-track schedule. Designed as the chemistry laboratory of the future, Physical Sciences I building's HVAC system is engineered to run efficiently during Riverside's hot summer months when outside temperatures can reach over 110 degrees. Variable air volume (VAV) hoods and extensive daylighting are elements that were used to improve energy efficiency.