San Diego University Engineering & Interdisciplinary Science Center

Case study
Higher Education

New LEED Gold Certified Construction at San Diego University

San Diego University partnered with A.O. Reed to expand their science and engineering departments with the construction of an 81,300 sq. ft. three-story building.

A.O. Reed served as a design-build partner, achieving LEED Gold certification.

Customer Needs

San Diego University sought to expand their science and engineering departments to:

  • Expand research capabilities
  • Upgrade the departments with state-of-the-art equipment
Key Strategies Implemented

The laboratory and educational building included complex mechanical and plumbing systems.

 The mechanical scope included:

  • Installation of chilled water from the campus loop
  • Rooftop heating hot water boilers and pumps
  • Rooftop lab exhaust and custom air handlers to feed the phoenix valves at each zone
  • Installation of mechanical systems (3 air handling units, 17 fan coils, 153 phoenix valves, 10 exhaust fans, 28 fan-powered filters, 24 F/S dampers, and 466 pcs of air distribution)

The plumbing scope included:

  • CW, HW, W, and V standard plumbing systems in the restroom
  • ICW, IHW, IW, and IV piping for labs and process systems
  • Lab compressed air, lab vacuum, nitrogen, and deionized water
  • Piping system installation (3 water-to-water heat exchangers, 2 shell and tube heat exchangers, 10 pumps, steam and condensate)
Program Management
MEP Contracting
San Diego, CA
project size
81,300 SF
Year Completed

LEED Gold Certified

Net Zero incentives

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