Project News: Building Envelope Projects Underway at UC San Diego

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There is a whole lot of building activity happening right now at UC San Diego, and Xpera is proud to once again be a part of the action.

Our Building Envelope team has been tapped by the university for two new projects, known as Nuevo West and Nuevo East Graduate Student Housing, located on the eastern edge of the La Jolla campus.

Construction is currently underway at Nuevo West, which includes new construction of a 12-story high-rise apartment building, one mid-rise apartment building (with heights ranging from five to eight stories), and a market/café, totaling 450,000 gross square feet of building on a six-acre site. The project also includes a 1,200-space parking garage on a separate seven-acre site with an adjacent area that will be raised and regraded to accommodate a pedestrian bridge landing, new park and/or garden area, and a surface parking lot.

Demolition work is beginning soon for the second project, Nuevo East, which is a 707,000-gross-square-foot building program that includes construction of three new high-rise apartment buildings (10-12-stories each), two mid-rise (five-story) buildings and one multi-use three-story building on a 13.2-acre site. Both projects are slated for completion in 2020.

Xpera is providing waterproofing and building envelope observation services for the projects. The scope of work includes the review of construction documents relating to the exterior skin, review of relevant data and submittals, and observation of all work associated with the exterior skin and below-grade waterproofing during construction. Field observation services involve below-grade waterproofing, horizontal waterproofing, glazing installation and inspection, roofing, and building envelope systems (moisture barriers, flashings, material intersections and exterior coatings).

Historically, there have been exterior skin failures at other campuses within the UC system. As a result, the UC Regents requested the San Diego capital program management team bring on a specialized consultant to help reduce the risk of similar failures with these new projects.

“By having a third-party set of eyes out on the job site monitoring progress, we believe we have taken good steps to meeting this requirement and assuring we have a quality product in the end,” said the UC San Diego project manager. “Xpera had the experience we were looking for, both in the field and with documentation review. We found that many other firms offered either architectural expertise for drawing review or field inspection expertise. Very few offered a solid team that covered both. In addition, Xpera’s familiarity with our team and the project site made them the right choice for these projects.”

This is the second set of projects that Xpera’s Building Envelope team has worked on recently for UC San Diego. In late-2016, we were engaged for a long-term, multi-project assignment, that included a $173 million mixed-use housing complex for graduate and professional students. That 550,000-square-foot project features five buildings with over 1,100 residential units plus a five-story parking structure.

Last Fall, we also announced that we had begun work for UC Irvine. We are currently providing roofing and building envelope waterproofing expertise for two capital improvement projects, including construction of the new Anteater Learning Pavilion and expansion of the Middle Earth student housing facility.

A big THANKS goes out to the UC San Diego and UC Irvine for their continued trust in our Building Envelope team. We’re proud to be able to lend our expertise to ensure the success of these exciting capital improvement projects for our region.

To learn more about Xpera’s Building Envelope services, contact Steve Grimes at

Topics: Building Envelope, Waterproofing Systems, News, Quality Assurance, Featured Project - BE, Code Compliance Review


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