High-Tech Client Office Building

Mountain View, California

Often, the ASPECT team is brought onto a project at the early stages to help set the project up for success through a Design Assist role. In 2017, ASPECT was engaged to provide this pre-tender service for a new development proposed to be located on the campus of a high-tech client in California.

The design intent for the development was to create a two-storey post and beam structure supporting a timber-concrete-composite floor. Our team was engaged directly by the general contractor that was providing pre-construction services, with the express purpose of helping to simplify the mass timber design solutions for the team.

As the Design Assist partner of the pre-construction contractor, ASPECT worked with our client, as well as the broader design team, to optimize the design from a “Design for Manufacturing and Assembly” (DfMA) perspective.

Over the course of our involvement, our input generally included:
– Reviewing general detailing of the post and beam structure (including tolerances, CNC machining capabilities and limitations, and alternate details) in an effort to provide cost savings to the client.
– Providing options for the timber-concrete-composite interface (such as kerf plates) and associated calculations.
– Identifying and clarifying trade interfaces and scopes.
– Supporting the RFQ and RFP process run by the pre-construction contractor.

ASPECT’s Design Assist involvement took place between 2017 and 2018, concluding at the tender phase.

The final office building ultimately successfully incorporated mass timber. The project was completed in 2020 and was designed and constructed to achieve LEED® Platinum certification.

Architect: WRNS Studio
Structural Engineer: Holmes Structures
General Contractor: Rudolph & Sletten
ASPECT Client: Skanska

Renderings courtesy of WRNS Studio

ClientUndisclosedStatusComplete, 2020

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