Life Sciences Research and Nursing Education Building

Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, California

gkkworks provided construction management at risk general contracting with GMP services for this new two-story, 63,000-SF, concrete framed building. This state-of-the-art building is a major teaching element and focal point on the 11-acre Charles Drew University campus housing laboratory spaces, a research clinic, instructional areas, public spaces, faculty offices and support functions.

One of the distinctive features of this project included numerous items and systems that were listed as design-assist, where the design was delegated to the contractor. One of these areas was the exterior envelope of the building. The elements of the envelope included plaster, glass and glazing, masonry, and hollow metal. Not only was gkkworks responsible for the design and engineering of each of these individual elements, but the entire assembly. Each subcontractor provided their own engineering design support and individual elements and systems were coordinated using the BIM modeling and clash detection systems. This project was partially funded by NIH grants.


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