J. Gallagher Jr., Hall & Conference Center, UC Davis Graduate School of
77 Geary Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
Location: Davis, California
Date Bid: Sep 2007 Construction Period: Feb 2008 to Sep
Total Square Feet: 82,700
Site: 2.35 acres
Number of Buildings: Two.
Building Size: First floor, 36,640; second floor, 32,790;
third floor, 13,270; total, 82,700 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16’4”; second floor, 13’10”;
each additional floor, 13’10”; floor to floor, 13’10”; total, 52’4”.
Basic Construction Type: New/IIB Fully Sprinklered.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, geo-pier.
Exterior Walls: Curtain wall, tile & cement board rainscreen.
Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete, slab on deck.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, manufactured stone.
Structural Engineer: Rutherford & Chekene - 55 Second Street,
#600, San Francisco, CA 94105
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Sundt Construction, Inc. -
2860 Gateway Oaks Drive, #300, Sacramento, CA 95833
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Timmons Design Engineers - 901
Market Street, #480, San Francisco, CA 94103
Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design - 300
Brannan Street, #212, San Francisco, CA 94107
The LEED® Platinum certified Graduate School of Management and
Conference Center (GSM) is located at the highly public, south edge of
the campus, directly across from the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center
for the Performing Arts. Complementing its neighbor, the GSM is a
significant step in defining the entry quad as the new front door to the
The 82,000-gross-square-foot project includes a three-story office
structure for the GSM and a two-story Conference Center that includes a
restaurant, office space, meeting rooms, and a one-story ballroom. Both
structures are connected at the second floor by a pedestrian bridge that
frames a gateway to shared courtyard.
An accelerated schedule compelled alignment and collaboration between
the design-build team and the University. In search of innovative
solutions, a number of interdisciplinary brainstorming sessions explored
unique systematic approaches. Integration allowed the team to deliver
innovative systems for the lowest first cost, and directly contributed
to the project's final calculated energy savings of 27.1% over Title 24
requirements or 32.8% excluding process energy. In addition, according
to the Energy Star website, the project's energy usage reflects a 74%
improvement over the typical office building, well ahead of the current
goals for the 2030 challenge. These energy savings are a major
contributor to the building's LEED Platinum certification.
The use of BIM technology enabled the team to pursue an accurate
approach to quantifying construction costs from the start. Having
real-time cost feedback during the process allowed the team to evaluate
the relative benefits of various building systems, yielding a more
holistic approach to sustainability. One of the many celebrated outcomes
was the University's endorsement of the project as a platform for their
own reinvigorated commitment to sustainable design.
Window, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: EFCO a Pella Company
Membrane Roof: GAF
Tile & Cement Rainscreen: Iris Ceramica, Henry AirBloc 33
Manufactured Stone: Daltile Ledgestone