University of Nevada, Reno – Earthquake Laboratory

Reno, NV
$13.8 Million
Higher Education

Designed to accommodate four hydraulic shake tables, the UNR Earthquake Engineering Laboratory is the largest of it’s kind in the United States. The high bay lab has 4-foot-thick concrete walls and complex mechanical systems. It also has a 150 telepresence auditorium for ‘real time’ study of the laboratory experiments as well as hosting lectures by UNR faculty. The new building is connected to the main campus via a bridge structure. The team was able to maintain the project scope while reducing the initial bid amount by 10%.

“The EELB is a highly technical building with very specific design requirements with very little tolerance for discrepancies in the Construction. Clark & Sullivan’s active involvement in deciphering this information from the design team helped the university create a state-of-the-art facility.” – Scott Brown, Architect, Senior Project Manager

Once bid, the 42,400 square foot project was over budget and in danger of being canceled. UNR invited our team to collaborate with the design team to find cost savings and worked together to successfully move the project forward. Through cooperation, tenacity and creativity, the team of BJG, the designer, and Clark/ Sullivan were able to adapt the design and get the project into budget.

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