When the University of California, San Diego envisioned its new Biological and Physical Sciences Building (BPSB), it desired an environment that would blend its diverse Neurobiology, Quantitative Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry research departments in a way that had never been done before. The new 132,000 SF facility does all that and more – addressing existing and future space needs associated with recent program growth, providing interactive and flexible research space, and accommodating the first 1.2 Ghz Magnet in the United States.
MGAC was engaged to work with the University to establish an appropriate project budget from a detailed project program, and help bring their vision to life. The building is the first on campus to comply with the University of California’s Sustainability Policy under the new Title 24 code, which targets 40% energy use reduction over the previous code. As the project moved into construction, our team continued to lead the cost management component of the value engineering exercises – protecting the University’s interests and ensuring best value for a facility that can change the state of modern medicine.