March 14, 2017

Cal students get a behind-the-scenes look at a Design-Build Public-Private Partnership

Students from University of California at Berkeley visited the construction site of  Albany Public Works Center project. Financed by the design-builder, the project includes two structures on an approximately one acre site. The facility will provide vehicle warehousing and maintenance for the City of Albany’s fleet program.  The project, designed by Noll & Tam Architects, will follow the standards of  LEED Gold certification.
Twenty-six undergrad students from Cal Architecture 160: Introduction to Construction class visited the site. The building is a pre-engineered steel structure with metal siding and an elevated concrete deck. Students got to see the guts of the intertwined MEP systems prior to wall framing. “They liked seeing the exposed pipes coming through the second floor deck,” said Doug Hammer, Overaa Supertinendent. “There we lots of questions about the braced frames and welded and bolted connections. It was fun to discuss differnent aspects of construction with them.”
Professor Dan Buntrock approached the Overaa team because the Albany Public Works Center was a perfect illustration of the basics of steel construction, especially the wide variety of structural shapes and how they are joined. Overaa was excited to share the site with the students and support continuous learning.