Berkeley City College

Berkeley, California

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.

Size (ft²)

165,000

Stories

5

Project Type

Educational

Scope of Work

Full design of HVAC and control systems, complete control system commissioning and functional testing, life cycle cost analysis, and LEED documentation.

Completed

2006

Owner

Peralta Community College District

Architect

Ratcliff Architects

Contractors

General Contractor: Swinerton Builders
Mechanical Contractor: Kent Lim

Photographer

Noah Salzman

References

Peralta: Peter Crabtree
Ratcliff: Tom Patterson

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