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Swinerton Builders San Diego: April 11, 2011

Swinerton Celebrates Topping Out of LEED Gold Project at UCSD

San Diego, CA, April 11, 2011 — University of California San Diego, one of the greenest universities in the nation and promoter of sustainability solutions throughout the region and the world, recently got one step closer to making their campus even greener.


On April 8th, Swinerton joined faculty, students and community members on campus in one of the construction industry’s oldest customs, a topping out ceremony. The Management School Phase 2 project is a 50,000-square-foot addition to the Rady School of Management in UCSD Business MBA Program. The five-story, steel structure is comprised of two buildings that once complete will connect to the existing Phase 1 occupied building and house two large auditoriums on the ground level, as well as instructional, research labs, offices, executive education classrooms and multipurpose spaces. It will also provide an interior courtyard and pedestrian friendly walkways that will connect to the existing buildings and the rest of the campus.


The structure was designed and is being built to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U. S. Green Building Council. Swinerton Builders San Diego is the General Contractor on the project and the Architect is Ellerbe Becket. Project Management is being provided by UCSD Facilities Design & Construction. The Team is employing Building Information Modeling (BIM) on the project, from basic MEP coordination to 4D modeling, used by which Swinerton to integrate their model and schedule into a time lapse video that can also be cost loaded. 


To date, Swinerton Builders San Diego has successfully worked on the UCSD campus for 12 years and completed 12 projects. This long-lasting relationship has extended their experience in campus environments, working in or near occupied facilities; expanded their BIM experience with coordination of complex facility needs; and allowed them to collaborate with an outstanding team at the University. We are proud to be partnering with UCSD, together building a legacy in higher education.


About Swinerton: The Swinerton Family of Companies provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the Western United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, the San Diego office was established in 1993 and is devoted to the San Diego community and its regional growth. From multi-million-dollar facilities to minor renovations, they execute every project with passion and relentless accountability. For more information on Swinerton, visit their blog SwinertonBuildsTomorrow, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn.