Allana Buick & Bers, Inc. (ABBAE) was retained by UCSF to provide Peer Review and Water Test Monitoring on the new Institute of Regenerative Medicine (IRM) building in San Francisco.
The IRM is a 73,000 SF steel-framed building on a contoured hillside site. The building is one to three stories and suspended over the hillside on steel pylon struts anchored in concrete piers and abutments. The project team, which includes SmithGroup Architects and DPR Construction as the design-builder, is pursuing LEED Silver Certification. The has metal panel wall cladding with inset aluminum framed windows and isolated areas of aluminum storefront system entries. The roofs are a combination of exposed low slope bituminous built-up roof membrane assemblies and garden roof systems. Exterior mounted exposed walkways and ramps are located along the north building elevation. ABBAE provided peer review for the following components/systems:
- Green Lab Roofs
- Office Roofs: BUR
- Exterior Ramps: Exposed concrete
- Exterior Windows: Set into curved exterior walls
- Flashing Issues: Window head and sill conditions; Z-flashing as it relates to the curved exterior; Flashing in general
Part of ABBAE’s scope included recommendations to UCSF for reduction of energy usage. The stated goal is to reduce the building’s energy load 20% below current Title 24 requirements.