Design and Construction Services

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Mesa Court Expansion - A New Era of Housing (July 2017)

The Design & Construction Services department managed the Design-Build delivery of the Mesa Court Housing Expansion project, one of the first housing projects to introduce high-performing high-density vertical living on campus. The process encompassed the planning, solicitation, design, and construction phases required to deliver a dynamic project that introduced new and various amenities including a thriving dining facility as well as educational and recreation spaces. This living and learning community housing project had unique challenges concerning the site and its location relative to existing and occupied Mesa Court Housing units, aggressive completion schedule, and other program requirements.

This complex project is evidence that the Design-Build process was pivotal to overcoming its unique challenges. The process allowed each stakeholder an opportunity to provide the necessary input to produce and deliver one of the most complex and challenging projects to date. The degree of commitment, collaboration, and innovation of the team including various and numerous representatives of UCI, Hensel Phelps, Mithun, their subconsultants and specialty contractors, made this project a success and worthy of award consideration. The knowledge, expertise, and commitment of the team allowed D&CS to fulfill the project program objectives with on-time and on-budget performance and deliver a project that has undoubtedly transformed the campus and its student housing communities.