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The Biotechnology and Science Building is located at Solano Community College's Vacaville Center, a few blocks from Genentech Inc.,
a biotechnology corporation. Kitchell broke ground on the project in
April 2016 and was substantially finished in July 2017 for the start of
the fall semester.
The $26.1 million project included the design/build of higher
education classroom labs, including four biotech labs, three chemistry labs, two biology labs, wet and dry anatomy labs and lab prep
areas. The 32,088-square-foot building also includes faculty offices,
student dialogue areas, a conference room, concession stand, lobby/
reception area, building support spaces and exterior seating.
"This spectacular new facility will help launch our students into
the next decade of biotechnology and science education," said Dr. Celia Esposito-Noy, superintendent and president of Solano Community College. "By modeling labs and processes used by neighboring
biotechnology companies, the college is working to give graduating
students an advantage in the job market."
Construction of the Biotechnology and Science Building went
smoothly because of the high-quality design-oriented architect,
SmithGroup and high-quality contractor, R&S Construction and
high-quality construction manager Swinerton Management and
Consulting. "Science on display was a design goal and there is a lot
of glazing, which allows views into the labs from the exterior, central
corridor and common spaces," she adds. "Visitors from nearby universities have said the labs rival those of their institution."
site had been stripped of anything valuable, such as wiring, manhole covers and some site lighting poles," Kinzie remembers.
In addition to those challenges, the contractor worked through
the unusually heavy rainy season to deliver the project on schedule. The state-of-the-art facility is LEED Gold-certified and the college is in discussion for dealer partnerships for training programs.
Design/build contractor DPR, with architect HGA, broke ground on
the Solano Community College Science Building in August with
substantial completion expected by November 2018. The Science
Building located at the Fairfield Campus is expected to be a LEED
Silver facility with some photovoltaic panels on the roof.
The 44,249-square-foot higher education lab and classroom
building will include three chemistry labs, three biology labs, wet
and dry anatomy labs, two physics/geology labs, lab prep spaces and
two lecture rooms. The $29.2 million project will also feature faculty
offices and support spaces, a central courtyard, veterans' center and
building support spaces.
As Kitchell works on the Science Building, the company says collaboration is key. "We have learned that when we are dealing with
specialized and uncommon equipment such as bioreactors, we need
to engage all parties in the design phase to work through all aspects
of what will be needed for a successful installation in detail, bringing
in additional expertise if needed," Kinzie says.
Solano Community College re-instituted its Automotive Technology
program in 2014 after a 15-year hiatus, securing a temporary facility
and a full-time instructor to get the program off the ground.
Clark Sullivan and JK Architecture were selected to design and
build the new Automotive Technology Building with Swinerton also
selected to provide construction management services. The new
facility houses 11 instructional service bays with vehicle lifts, two
alignment bays, dyno stations, tire changing/balancing station, mezzanine storage and two lecture classrooms. The 35,845-square-foot
facility also includes an intervening demo bay, tutoring/conference
room, faculty offices, lobby and vehicle display area, parts storage,
vehicle staging area and a vehicle bay for state "smog referee."
The $18.8 million project broke ground at the Vallejo Center in
August 2016 and the project was substantially completed in August
2017 for the start of the fall semester. The Automotive Technology
Building was built on an aborted shopping center. "The abandoned
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