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Delta Vector Control District

Visalia, California

Hayashida Architects designed a new 4,264 square foot laboratory building which contains two functions. The foremost function is the new lab suite, which contains a main lab, with separate bio-safety level 2 & 3 labs, and office spaces. The second function is a conference suite, which is used for training personnel from the Delta VCD, and other surrounding districts. The conference room also provides a public meeting space for the Board of Trustee.

Glazed concrete masonry was chosen as a primary material for the new facility based on its sustainable quality and attractiveness. It has significant pre-consumer recycle content, durable finish that never requires repainting, and performs as thermal mass for tempering the extreme temperatures of summer and winter.

The building energy performance was tested prior to construction by using Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. A 3D model was constructed in Revit and analyzed with Green Building Studio. Based on climate data, building design, and heating/cooling system, BIM software afforded us the opportunity to tweak the design for optimum energy conservation. Additionally, photovoltaic panels supply 30% of the electrical load.

We also used the BIM software to provide us with accurate take-offs of materials and finishes to provide for a more accurate construction cost estimate prior to start of the project. Our construction cost estimate was within 5% of the winning bid for construction of the new facility.  The construction cost estimate provided a basis for the District to request through ballot, the temporary tax assessment for funding of the new building.

photo: David Swann Photography