Berkeley City College
Berkeley City College (formerly Vista College) is an expansion of the Peralta Community College District in downtown Berkeley. The 165,000 sqft multi-use educational facility houses classrooms, laboratories, offices, and an auditorium. To ensure a practical and cost effective design for the District, Taylor Engineers performed a detailed life cycle analysis including operating and maintenance costs to inform the HVAC system and equipment bid selection processes.
The HVAC system for this building consists of a water-cooled, direct expansion variable air volume system, a variable speed condenser water pumping system, and CO2 demand-controlled ventilation. The energy efficient laboratory design features a two-position variable flow laboratory fume hood exhaust system to reduce flow when the building is unoccupied and utilitizes transfer air to minimize the need to condition laboratory exhaust makeup airflow.
Scope of Work
Full design of HVAC and control systems, complete control system commissioning and functional testing, life cycle cost analysis, and LEED documentation.
Peralta Community College District
General Contractor: Swinerton Builders
Mechanical Contractor: Kent Lim
Peralta: Peter Crabtree
Ratcliff: Tom Patterson