Solyndra Solar Panel Manufacturing Facility

Location: Fremont, CA

Project Type: Commercial

450 MW capacity solar panel manufacturing facility. The project included a 650,000-square-foot, combined one-story plus interstitial space production facility, and an approximately 113,500-square-foot two-story utility pad and Hazmat area. The project included an adjoining two-story office building. The building was of steel frame construction, with buckling restrained braced frames, founded on a concrete mat foundation with nearly 70,000 cubic yards of concrete. The entire facility is designed to provide immediate occupancy seismic performance. The approximate construction cost, without tools installed, was $350 million. The project was constructed on a fast-tracked basis, with ground breaking to substantial completion/TCO in less than 1 year. [With Degenkolb Engineers]

Kaiser Medical Centers Northern California

Location: Northern California

Project Type: Healthcare

The Seismic Evaluation and Strengthening Program for Kaiser Medical Centers determined which facilities in Kaiser’s Northern California acute care medical center building inventory required seismic upgrade, the extent of the seismic work, and established priorities for upgrading. The scope of work focused on the medical centers in Oakland, Redwood City, Santa Clara and Hayward. The project also included the schematic structural design of strengthening measures and the planning for future post-earthquake inspections. [With Degenkolb Engineers]

High Tech Manufacturing Facility

Location: California

Project Type: Commercial

Conversion of a concrete tilt-up warehouse and office building into a high-tech manufacturing facility with a Class 10 Cleanroom. The work involved the demolition of approximately 80% of the existing building and replacement with a new two-story steel frame structure founded on drilled concrete piers. The steel structure is configured with story deep trusses that span the width of the building (over 100 feet) to create a column-free space in the cleanroom. MEP equipment and process systems for the cleanroom are located in the interstitial space above the cleanroom and in a yard to the south of the building. The project is constructed in three phases to address budget and manufacturing schedules, as well as the impact on the existing building, which is to remain in operation throughout construction. The entire facility is designed to provide immediate occupancy/essential facility seismic performance. The project budget is approximately $70 million. [With Degenkolb Engineers]