A Successful Path in Riverside

Back in April 2013, Swinerton Builders Orange County was selected by the University of California (UC) regents to build the $6.5 million UCPath Center project in Riverside. The Swinerton team partnered with DLR Group, with whom they have worked on several recent projects, to develop design-build plans for the tenant improvement project. Construction started in June after sustainable alternatives and value engineering were researched and decided upon. Employees and administrators of the Path department appreciated the expedited schedule that the project was completed on earlier this year.

Thanks to the funds gained through the UCPath initiative, the UC system was able to make changes to the way in which it manages the accounting needs of its employees. The “Path” portion of “UCPath” is an acronym for “Payroll, Academic Personnel, Timekeeping, and HR.” UCPath is a welcome addition to the payroll and human resources information system, as the technology of the former system was 30 years old. The new, state-of-the art system is run by PeopleSoft software, a leader in payroll management.

In addition to funding software improvements, the UCPath initiative also implemented a new shared service center—the UCPath Center suite. Although it is based near UC Riverside, the suite will be the centralized hub for all 10 schools in the UC system. Upon opening, its impact was immediately evident to all involved. Thanks to the efforts of Swinerton, the UCPath Center can now efficiently and effectively deliver services to nearly 200,000 UC employees across the state.

The project involved a complete build-out of the third floor in an existing three-story tech office building. Office and support space was created through a fit-out of roughly 45,000 square feet of space, along with all the related infrastructure requirements. In all, roughly 53,000 gross square feet of space were included in the scope of work. The UCPath Center suite was outfitted with high-end interior design architecture, including high “cloud” ceilings, while raised flooring systems, pendant lighting, and finishes were installed throughout.

A specialty raised-floor plenum HVAC system was installed, and a complete low-voltage system was utilized to improve the energy efficiency of the entire building. The HVAC system was one of the biggest challenges on the job, as it had to be kept clean at all times. An under-floor electrical/phone/data line was installed to manage the high-volume nature of the suite. A pink noise system was set up as a sound-masking system to minimize surrounding office noise. Several glass-front offices were constructed inside the suite, along with shared support areas normally seen in corporate and institutional call centers.

Upon completion, the UCPath Center began the process of pursuing LEED Gold certification. Some of the many sustainable features include natural daylighting, lighting sensors, water conservation fixtures, and recycled carpet and ceiling tiles. Swinerton self-performed the demolition and concrete installation for this project. The entire project team met the challenge of a short design and construction schedule, thanks to the direct communication among the owner, architect, and subcontractors.

Congratulations to the project team for completing another successful project with a valued repeat client,
including: Project Executive and Design Manager Kevin Robertson, Project Manager Rick Vaughn, Senior
Superintendent David Seabert, Senior Project Engineer Johanna Eckstein, Project Assistant Erica Guzman,
and Estimator Khristina Stone.