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Project # 68195

UC Irvine Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building (ISEB)

VERTEX’s Building Envelope team is proud to have been part of an exciting new capital improvement project at UC Irvine. The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building (ISEB) was the third project we have completed for the University of California Regents at its Orange County campus.

The six-story, glass, steel and concrete building features more than 200,000 square feet of research, classroom, office and meeting space serving the Schools of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Information and Computer Sciences. The cutting-edge building was designed to outperform the California Energy Code by more than 55 percent and is also expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The project had a construction value of $170 million.

Our Building Envelope team, including industry veterans Steve Easton and Mike Roblee, was tapped by the university to provide waterproofing and building envelope observation services. The scope of work included a review of construction documents relating to the exterior skin and review of relevant data and submittals. Field observation services involved below grade waterproofing, horizontal waterproofing, glazing installation and inspection, roofing and building envelope systems (moisture barriers, flashings, material intersections and exterior coatings). We also provided infrared camera inspections of the building’s roof.

In recent years, VERTEX provided its building envelope services to two other major projects at UC Irvine, including the construction of the new Anteater Learning Pavilion and expansion of the Middle Earth student housing facility.

“Protection from water intrusion and infiltration is vital to ensuring the longevity of buildings,” said Michael Morrell, Assistant Director of Project Management for UC Irvine. “We count on VERTEX’s trusted expertise and responsive service to help us achieve our goal of providing 100-year buildings on campus.”

“The ISEB project consisted of a curtain wall window system, matched with a precast panel exterior finish,” explained Mike Roblee. “In order to achieve the architect’s desired look, there were many aspects of waterproofing of these systems and their transitions to take into consideration. Between the architectural team, contractor and VERTEX, we were able to meet the design intent and create a fully functioning building that achieves the university’s long-term goals.”

Architect: LMN Architects

Contractor: Hathaway Dinwiddie

Project Value: $170 Million

Scope of Work:

  • Plan & Submittal Review
  • Mock-Up Review & Testing
  • Field Inspections
  • Performance Testing

This project was performed by Xpera Group, which is now part of The Vertex Companies, LLC.