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November 6, 2023
UC Irvine College of Health Sciences Wins its Third DBIA Award!
HED is proud to share that the University of California, Irvine, Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences Building and Sue & Bill Gross Nursing and Health Sciences Hall project has won its third Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) award of 2023! Earning the:

• Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) – Best in Process, Best Value, 2023
• Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) - Excellence in Healthcare Facilities, 2023
• Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) - Merit Award – Healthcare Facilities, 2023

The University of California, Irvine’s (UCI) Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences Building and Sue and Bill Gross Nursing and Health Sciences Hall was an ambitious project consisting of two interconnected buildings designed to create a transdisciplinary experience. The facilities offer instructional, academic and administrative spaces that foster collaboration and innovation. It spans approximately 118,200 SF and houses the Samueli Integrative Health Institute, including: research areas, instructional spaces, student support facilities, academic and administrative offices and a food service facility. The Sue and Bill Gross Nursing and Health Sciences Hall, approximately 81,500 SF, is home to a clinical skills laboratory, instructional spaces, student support areas, research facilities and administrative offices.

The design-build team integrated advanced technology and innovative design concepts to construct a physical space for clinical treatment, research and health science education. This project notably serves as a gateway and destination, effectively merging medical research, academic study and clinical treatment within one building.

At the start of the procurement process, the design-build team and trade partners worked together to identify project risks and then allocated and shared the risks based on their respective roles and expertise. The team kicked off the project with a partnering session and partnering agreement that committed each team member to the project’s goals. Project partners were carefully selected based on qualifications, including past performance, collaborative history, working relationships, and commitment to project goals, as evidenced by the inclusion of five DBIA certified professionals. This team embraced UCI’s project vision of health and wellness as well as the inherent culture of collaboration and innovation of design-build and committed to providing best value in all categories.

Sustainability was a key element, with both structures meeting LEED Platinum certification standards. The design emphasizes connectivity with nature, incorporating seven outdoor terraces that blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. The project’s design thoughtfully incorporates extensive glazing and a living wall feature to create a connection to nature.

The project’s commitment to diversity and inclusion was evident throughout. MWDBE firms were actively engaged in all aspects of the project, from material supply to technical and management roles. These MWDBE partnerships not only enriched the project, but the firms played critical roles in unique design solutions, including using post-tensioned slab and shallow beams to accommodate large, column-free classroom spaces and a knowledge of biophilic design and requirements for on-structure landscaping that resulted in a design underscoring the project’s commitment to occupant wellness.

These many successes and innovations are owed to the deep and successful collaboration of the entire client and design-build team!

Client/Owner: University of California, Irvine
Design-Build Firm: Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company
Architect: HED with SLAM
Engineer: Alvine Engineering; FPL; Saiful Bouquet
Specialty Contractors: Spurlock (Landscape); Pickett Design; ACCO; Cosco; AJK; Anning Johnson; Eppink; G&G; Nevell; Pan Pacific; Prieto Construction; Tahiti; Veneklasen; Walters and Wolf
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