Higher Education Expertise Qualifications

AlfaTech is a consulting engineering firm offering a range of complementary services and expertise in multiple markets. Our services include: Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Design, Technology, Architectural Lighting Design, Commissioning and Energy Solutions, as well as Sustainability.

EDUCATION Charting the New Course HIGHER


Vela Tech Holdings, Inc. established for AlfaTech and other business units. Verity Commercial joins


S&K Engineering of Monrovia and LFA Lighting of Ventura join our growing firm. Opens San Diego Office Growth of leadership team. Further expansion into international markets with new and existing clients. 2019

COMPANY PROFILE AlfaTech was established in Silicon Valley in 1987 as a mechanical, electrical, and technology (low voltage, security, and A/V) design engineering firm. Responding to client needs, we expanded our service offerings to include Architectural Lighting Design, Sustainability, and Smart Building. In addition, our office locations now include San Jose (Silicon Valley), San Francisco, Monrovia, Orange County and San Diego. AlfaTech has been providing engineering design for Higher Education—an evolving, growing market—for over 2 decades AlfaTech focuses on a number of different market segments, but did you know we have leaders in each office who have focused on higher education projects for more than twenty years? These experts have the unique knowledge and perspective needed for all types and sizes of projects for academic institutions, at all levels of sustainability. Besides Higher Education, our market expertise includes the Life Sciences, Healthcare, Industrial, Retail, and Corporate to name a few. We aim for maximum energy performance, resource conservation, and pollution reduction, resulting in the highest energy savings and sustainability at all design phases. At the same time, we establish a balance of preservation, constructability, schedule, and budget. We believe our commitment to creating enduring client relationships through service excellence has driven our solid reputation. Overall, AlfaTech is gaining market share through organic, merger, and acquisition growth. AlfaTech is part of the newly established Vela Tech portfolio with parent company RSBG, and through this relationship our services stretch from the West Coast to the Midwest, and to the East Coast through partner offices, as well as global locations.


Through RSBG: adds strength of 65+ offices throughout Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa.


Expands offices in Los Angeles and Japan. Celebrates 30 Years Success!


Develops partnerships in India, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.


Expands San Francisco office to One Post Street Location


Develops Architectural Lighting Design group. Creates Ireland and Thailand partnerships.


Develops Sustainability / LEED and Energy Solutions groups.


Ranked as one of the Top Five Engineering Firms in Silicon Valley


Merges with MCT. AT-PD founded. Reports annual volume $150M


Named one of the Top 100 Largest Private Companies in San Francisco.


Named one of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Silicon Valley.


Merges with S&H and MPL. Opens San Francisco office.


Creation of an in-house Technology Group focused on voice, data systems, and overall technology


Jeff Fini, PE, founds AlfaTech MEP Design in Silicon Valley

LOCATIONS ALFATECH is part of Vela Tech Holding portfolio of companies


AT-PD San Francisco, California Monrovia, California Orange, California San Diego, California VERITY COMMERCIAL Seattle,Washington ALFATECH USA San Jose, California San Francisco, California Chicago, Illinois Reston, Virginia Edison, NewJersey EDG2 Bethesda, Maryland Phoenix, Arizona IFM GROUP San Ramon, California San Diego, California

ALFATECH ASIA Singapore Tokyo, Japan Shanghai, China

Australia Malaysia


EUROPE Vienna, Austria Kornberg, Austria Saint-Cannat, France Berlin, Germany

ASIA Dhaka, Bangladesh Tangail, Bangladesh Jakarta, Indonesia Amravati, India Chengalpattu, India Dehradun, India Gandhinagar, India Gujarat, India Mumbai, India New Delhi, India Pune, India Ratnagiri, India Solapur, India Tamil Nadu, India

Bitterfeld, Germany Bochum, Germany Darmstadt, Germany Dresden, Germany Dusseldorf, Germany Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany Erfurt, Germany Essen, Germany Frankfurt am Main, Germany Freiburg, Germany Greifswald, Germany Großostheim, Germany Hamburg, Germany Karlsruhe, Germany Kassel, Germany Köln, Germany Kronberg im Taunus, Germany

Yavatmal, India Lao PDR, Laos Makati City, Philippines Singapore Bangkok, Thailand Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Leipzig, Germany Mainz, Germany Mannheim, Germany Munich, Germany

AMERICAS Toronto, Canada Bogotá, Colombia Bosque de chapultepec, Mexico Lima, Peru

Nuremberg, Germany Regensburg, Germany Ribnitz-Damgarten, Germany


Rostock, Germany Stralsund, Germany Stuttgart, Germany Wiesbaden, Germany Wirges, Germany Würzburg, Germany Athens, Greece Milan, Italy Podgorica, Montenegro Belgrade, Serbia Birmingham, UK Bishop‘s Stortford, UK Bristol, UK Chamberlain, UK Croydon, UK Exeter, UK Leamington Spa, UK Leeds, UK London, UK Luton, UK Manchester, UK Mold, UK Nottingham, UK Stockport, UK Sunderland, UK Wakefield, UK Warwickshire, UK

Al Ain, UAE Dubai, UAE

Madinat Zayed, UAE Ras Al Khaimah, UAE Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Al-Zahra City, Gaza Strip Amman, Jordan Baghdad, Iraq Doha, Qatar Istanbul, Turkey Kuwait Sharq, Kuwait Muscat, Oman

AFRICA Algier, Algeria Alexandria, Egypt

Assiut, Egypt Cairo, Egypt Giza, Egypt Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Tunis, Tunisia

Kampala, Uganda Khartoum, Sudan

ALFATECH Engineering Studio

ENGINEERING STUDIO We provide the most advanced, professional engineering services that ensure buildings thrive. We partner with clients to turn their visions into a tangible reality. As one of the leading MEP consultants in the Western U.S., AlfaTech strives to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every day through the buildings we design. Coining the expression “Innovation & Excellence,” we provide the most advanced, professional engineering services that ensure buildings thrive. We partner with clients to turn their visions into a tangible reality. To us, conscious design elements are indispensable in meeting the escalating expectations emerging within vibrant and diverse typologies. We believe the highest-efficiency buildings transpire from mirroring the sustainable features inherent to the world around us. Propelling cutting-edge solutions requires a thoughtful design that can interact with the physical environment. Elements like smart buildings, reduced reheat, and synergies before waste initiate perpetual savings. Eager to do our part, we pride ourselves on designing state-of-the-art facilities that reach unprecedented levels of integration. We think that sustainable design is more than just a phrase. It is a perspective. We are committed to rock-solid partnerships with our clients by delivering on our promise always to excel.













ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING DESIGN Lighting and Lighting Controls Lighting Calculations Customized ROI Calculations Sustainable Lighting Design Energy Savings Analysis Custom Lighting Fixtures Custom Lighting Fixtures Design

COMMISSIONING & ENERGY SOLUTIONS Early Quantifiable Energy Study Incentives Energy Star® Assessments Re/Retro-commissioning (RCx) Monitoring Brand Continuous Commissioning (MBCCx) ASHRAE Level 1, 2 & 3 Energy Audits Measurement and Verification (M&V) of installed projects Energy Modeling Net Zero Energy Budgeting HVAC/Chilled Water Plant Optimization

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN Power Systems Emergency & Standby Power Lighting and Lighting Controls Security Systems 24 / 7 Power Systems (UPS) Power Monitoring Systems Toxic Gas Monitoring Graphic Control and Alarm Panels Grounding and Bonding Industrial Hygiene Systems Low Tolerance Temp Control Title 24 Analysis and Design Heat Recovery Systems Central Utility Plants Air Handlers HVAC System Controls PLC Programming Fire Protection and Plumbing MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN HVAC Heating Systems Water and Gas Cooling Systems / Chilled Water Dehumidification Systems Contamination Sensitive Areas


Low Voltage Design Audio Visual Design

Security Systems Design Architectural Acoustics Wireless Design & Modeling

SUSTAINABILITY Sustainability Planning (Organizational and Infrastructural) LEED / Green Building Consulting Master Planning

Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) Integrated Building Management Systems BMS Network Integration Telco Facilities and Services Voice Systems and Applications Relocation & Data Center Migration Services Strategic Planning and Analysis Project Management Management Consulting

Life Cycle Cost Assessment Occupant Wellness & Comfort Façade Engineering CFD / Wind Studies Wind Studies Thermal Stratification Studies Energy Concept Studies

Energy Management Energy Conservation Fire Alarm Systems Public Address Systems Plug Loads Control

ALFATECH Select Experience Higher Education

Cerritos College, Fine Arts & CIS/Math Complex, Norwalk, CA

What Today’s Institutions are Discussing Net-zero energy, decarbonization, and electrification of the campus Impacts of the pandemic on higher education and the learning experience Data-driven processes for planning, design, and construction Strategies for educational space: hybrid, multiple modalities, space allocation, technology Facility features for campus wellness and health

Cost effective updates of outdated space High space utilization models and metrics Hybrid workstyles and free-address workspace for staff offices

Flexible concepts for long-term building viability Campus space optimization and realignment Capital project execution – construction costs, timing, contracts, delivery strategies Construction costs Facility investments for student experience and student engagement

Facility features that improve recruitment and enrollment Features and strategies for interaction and innovation

Master planning strategies for program location, utilization of facilities, and campus space Plans and features that engage and integrate the campus and public communities

ALFATECH Northern California

Ohlone Community College, Health Science & Technology Center

Newark, CA


Master Planning, Campus Design 130,000 SF LEED Platinum

AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering master planning services and full design for a new 130,000 SF academic science building located on an 81-acre former brownfield parcel once used as farmland. Building comprised of two wings, one for technology and one for health sciences, surrounding a shared green space with access to the bookstore, cafe, administration offices, and lecture hall. MEP systems include a large geothermal system, a 450kV photovoltaic system covering 38,000 SF of roof area, an enthalpy wheel heat-recovery system, and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures. The campus also features a roof-integrated PowerGuard solar electric system, which will help save more than $2.6M in operating expenses over 25 years. The campus program includes the Learning Resource Center, student support services, administration, information services, a cafeteria & food services, student dining, language labs, classrooms, lecture halls, video conferencing, computer labs, an aerobics room, a fitness center, a bookstore, Health Services, nursing labs, science and environmental labs, cadaver storage, biology life sciences, and business & technology labs. Ohlone is the first LEED Platinum campus in the United States.

Project Highlights: • A closed-loop, ground coupled heat pump geothermal heating and cooling system • Two energy recovery enthalpy wheels • A photovoltaic array

College of Marin

LEED Gold Kentfield and Indian Valley, CA TYPE: SIZE: ACCREDITATION: 170,000+ SF

Master Planning, Assessment, Tenant Improvement

AlfaTech was selected to provide all up-front engineering services relating to all planned bond projects including the master planning, district-wide energy modeling, district wide mechanical, electrical and plumbing facility assessments, and design standards for the District with projects totaling over 170,000 SF. AlfaTech provided engineering design services and design and construction administration for the renovation of the 42,388 SF Diamond PE existing complex including the men’s and women’s locker room buildings, an office/exercise room building and a gymnasium. The project included new HVAC and electrical distribution. An energy management control system (EMCS) links directly to the new central campus EMCS system on the central part of the Kentfield campus. The project also includes a photovoltaic system that will either provide electrical for distribution in the building or supplemental hot water for the swimming pool and series of sixteen new photovoltaic solar array panels in the adjacent parking lot. LEED Gold. AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering design for the three-story, 77,000 SF Science/Math/Nursing Building at the Kentfield campus with smart classrooms, instructional laboratories, faculty offices, rooftop observatory platform and houses a new Central Plant that accommodates electrical and mechanical equipment for the campus. The building utilizes solar panels to supply heating for the domestic hot water system and relies wholly on a new geothermal system which provides heating and cooling via ground-coupled water source heat pumps for the facility. LEED Gold. The Transportation Technology facility on the Indian Valley campus required the total renovation of 18,000 SF, which includes automobile technology repair facilities and instructional offices. The facility includes a radiant floor heating system and a solar thermal system to provide domestic hot water. LEED Silver.

Projects: • Campus Master Planning for Kentfield and Indian Valley Campuses • Diamond PE Complex (Kentfield) – 42,388 SF • Science/Math/Central Plant Complex (Kentfield) – 77,000 SF • Transportation Technology Complex (IVC) – 18,000 SF • Main Building Complex (IVC) – 32,264 SF

College of Marin, Science, Math, Nursing Building with Central Plant

Kentfield, CA


New Construction 77,000 SF


AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering design for the three-story, 77,000 SF Science/Math/Nursing Building at the Kentfield campus which included a new energy-efficient, geothermal underground / renewable-energy HVAC system. This building has state-of-the-art smart classrooms, instructional laboratories, faculty offices, rooftop observatory platform and houses a new Central Plant that accommodates electrical and mechanical equipment for the campus. The building utilizes solar panels to supply heating for the domestic hot water system and relies wholly on a new 650-ton, 340 vertical bore geothermal system which provides heating and cooling via ground coupled water source heat pumps for the facility. This field also supplies heating and cooling to the new Fine Arts building and will supply the future 44,000SF Academic Center. The building has green roof areas which contribute to landfill diversion through the use of recycled materials; contributes to prolonging the life of the HAVC systems through decreased use due to the added roof insulation the green roof provides; Contributes to increased storm water management and improved air quality. This project has achieved LEED Gold certification.

College of Marin, Main Building Complex

Novato, CA


New Construction 32,264 SF


AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering and technology (low voltage and audio visual) design for the 32,264 SF Main Building Complex of the Indian Valley Campus which houses faculty offices and a variety of workforce development programs, including Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Multimedia Studies, Emergency Medical Technician, Court Reporting, and an Internet Cafe and Media Resource Center. In addition to these specialized classrooms and labs to support the programs, there will be a number of standard classrooms, office space for instructors, administrative offices, counseling offices, Records and Admissions, Library, AV/TV space, learning resources centers a small dining and food services space and normal array of support spaces. This project has achieved LEED Gold certification.

University of California, Davis, Gallagher Hall

Davis, CA


New Construction 83,000 SF


LEED Platinum

Maurice J. Gallagher Hall, home of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management (GSM) is a 3-story, 40,000 SF building housing a student affairs and career services centre with advanced technology systems installed in the classrooms to promoting interactive learning, a courtyard and outdoor garden. The adjacent Conference Center is a two story 43,000 SF building with conference rooms, ballroom and restaurant space on the first floor and University Relations space on the 2 nd floor. Coupled with the ground source heat pump array, the radiant floor slab system allows for mixed mode operation. Spaces are cooled or heated through radiated energy allowing occupants to open windows to control ventilation air with minimal impact to the system. The buildings consume 30% less energy than a typical office building in California. The roofs of the buildings are planned to house 102kW photovoltaic solar power array. The 144,000kW/h system is expected to generate about 20% of the building’s electricity requirements. Radiant core cooling and heating system, ground source heat pump array, motion-sensitive lighting and tall windows for natural light reduce the energy consumption. The first LEED Platinum-certified MBA facility in California.

Santa Rosa Junior College, Student Services Building

Santa Rosa, CA


New Construction 78,000 SF

AlfaTech provided mechanical and electrical engineering design for this project which is slated for USGBC LEED certification, including a geothermal underground/ renewable energy HVAC system. The building incorporates sustainable design elements, and the program includes offices, food service, kitchen, student dining, information services, and a bookshop. The building features two heavy use kitchen areas with a combined capacity to serve 420 faculty, staff, and students. Both kitchens have type I (grease) and type II (vapor) exhaust systems. All the type I exhaust hoods feature UV lamps to reduce overall grease exhaust and the exhaust systems feature Halton fans with Pollution Control Units to further reduce the amount of grease exhausted to outdoors due to sidewall discharge. Make up air to the kitchens is provided through the general building outside air make up system which uses energy recovery units (enthalpy wheels) to provide increased outside air (300% beyond code minimum) to each zone air conditioned by heat pump units. The heat pump units are coupled with a closed loop geothermal field, with vertical bores 250 feet deep, and provide air conditioning for the whole building.

Santa Rosa Junior College, Culinary Arts Center

Santa Rosa, CA


New Construction 22,000 SF

This new 22,000 SF, 2-story building features a dining room and demonstration kitchen, teaching kitchens, classrooms, dining and wine education area, student lobby, production bakery, retail bakery, public cafe and restaurant. Included in these areas is a wine library, pizza oven, ice creamery and chocolate bar. All kitchens have type I (grease) and type II (vapor) exhaust systems. All exhaust systems for the kitchens feature Variable Flow Hoods which considerably reduces exhaust fan energy consumption. All kitchen make up air is provided by a 50,000 CFM Air Handling Unit with FanWall technology that allows the air flow range to vary from 700 CFM to 50,000 CFM by using an asymmetrical VFD assignment to the FanWall fan array. This type of airflow volume flexibility allows the Air Handling Unit to provide make-up air to one hood in the entire kitchen or all the hoods in the four kitchens. Air conditioning is achieved through the use of zoned heat pump units water cooled through two closed circuit cooling towers. The building will be equipped with a solar thermal array sized to provide all domestic hot water needs of the building, including the kitchens.

Stanford University, Clark Center

Stanford, CA


Peer Review, New Construction 146,000 SF

The 3-story, James H. Clark Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science is strategically located at the heart of Stanford's Palo Alto campus. The Clark Center houses the Bio-X programme and fosters an unprecedented degree of collaboration among scientists from different disciplines to meet some of the most pressing scientific and medical challenges. The project consisted of three wings of laboratories that frame an open courtyard overlooked by balconies and includes a full-scale kitchen and server with 200-seat dining area, a 150-seat auditorium, and classrooms. This facility is open and flexible with laboratory layouts that can be reconfigured at will. The research space houses more than 450 scientists, technicians and faculty in biology, biochemical, biophysical, biocomputational, bioengineering, and bio neurology disciplines. The firm was responsible for the design of the HVAC, fume exhaust, building automation, and peer review of the plumbing/process piping systems.

West Valley College, Fox Technology Center

Saratoga, CA TYPE SIZE:

New Construction 30,000 SF

The firm provided MEP and Technology engineering design services for this new, 2 story 30,000 SF technology building featuring a mechanical data room, classrooms, computer labs, distance learning labs, laboratories, lecture hall, and multi-purpose spaces. The Fox Center is the first of many wireless data buildings that provide Internet access to the campus’ exterior plazas.

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Projects: • Law School/ Cowell Area Utilities • Mechanical Engineering Department Building • Environmental Safety Facility • Graduate School of Business • Keck Laboratory • Medical Center Teaching Hospital • South Hall Cafeteria


Tenant Improvement 200,000 SF

The firm provided engineering services for a multitude of buildings on the Stanford University Campus. For the Mechanical Engineering Building, the firm provided new systems for the existing 46,000 SF two story building. For the Law School Building, the firm provided a feasibility study of campus steam/chilled water to a new Student Health Center, new Student Services Building, and Proposed Law School Student Center. The firm provided a new 50,000 SF, 3-story building to house the Graduate School of Business. The Keck Laboratory was a new 72,000 SF, three-story lab. The firm provided additions & renovations to the Medical Center Teaching Hospital. The firm also provided design services for a new Environmental Safety: 30,000 SF hazardous waste monitoring & storage facility, and systems renovation to the South Hall Cafeteria.

University of San Francisco, Center for Science and Innovation

San Francisco, CA


New Construction 61,610 SF


For the University of San Francisco, this 61,610 SF, five-level John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Situated in the center of campus it is a focus of student life and the primarily underground building design allowed for multi-level outdoor classrooms. Center for Science and Innovation, near the middle of the campus off Masonic Avenue. This building houses 17 wet and dry teaching/computational labs, classrooms, support spaces and offices and serves more than 6,000 students required to take one science and math course during their undergraduate time at USF. The building is the first constructed to meet LEED Gold standards at USF and features floor-to-ceiling windows, smart technology that opens and closes windows automatically for temperature, a 28,000-gallon cistern tank to collect rainwater for reuse, and indigenous Northern California landscaping.

Mission College, Gillmor Center, Main Building

Santa Clara, CA


New Construction 118,000 SF


AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering as well as technology design services for this new 118,000 SF 3-story interdisciplinary classroom facility was part of the first phase of the existing Main Building replacement at the Mission College campus. This facility includes Career Technical Education Classrooms, faculty offices, 2D art classrooms for painting and drawing, 3D art classrooms for figurines and sculpture, woodshop, metal shop, jewelry, ceramics, print shop, adaptable classrooms, meeting spaces, dry science lab and large tiered lecture space, computer labs as well as numerous student gathering and study spaces. Scope included design assist for a new Geothermal Horizontal Configuration System that required tie in of the existing installed Vertical Configuration system. This building incorporated sustainable design principles together with state-of-the art technologies to create high performance learning environments. The site and landscaping design provides a variety of exterior learning and socialization spaces, further encouraging interaction between staff and students. The project was designed to a LEED Gold standard.

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, CA


80,000 SF

AlfaTech provided full MEP/FP engineering design and sustainability services for this 80,000 SF educational facility. This facility houses a wide range of services and amenities for the college. This project includes an admissions office, career center, food services, School of Hotel & Restaurant Management, and the dean’s office. Some of the sustainable features include: natural ventilation, radiant floor, chilled beams, and a high efficiency central plant.

De Anza Community College

San Jose, CA


Tenant Improvement 12,000 SF

Projects: • Faculty Buildings • Classrooms

The firm provided engineering design services for the modernization and engineering systems for eight existing faculty buildings, six existing quad classroom buildings, administration, multipurpose buildings, Advanced Technology Center, and restrooms upgrade. This included mechanical, plumbing, electrical and telecommunications services.

• Administrative Offices • Multipurpose Buildings • Advanced Technology Center

Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey, CA

Projects: • New Child Development Center Building • Modernization of Administration Building • Modernization of Computer/Business Center • Modernization of Lecture Forums • Modernization of Gymnasium • Modernization of Humanities Building • Modernization of Performance Art/Theater Building


New Construction, Tenant Improvement

MPC is an ongoing client. The firm provided MEP and Technology engineering design services for this project. One project included providing design for new site utilities upgrades including new 21KV distribution system, new communications and power distribution to building, gas, water, storm drain, and grey water systems coordination. Also provided energy efficient gym lighting, theater lighting, exterior lighting and energy control systems for targeted areas on campus. Designed lighting with integrated occupancy sensors, photosensors, and building management system control for maximum energy savings.

Skyline Community College

San Bruno, CA

Projects: • New Science Annex – 30,000 SF • New Student Union Building – 40,000 SF • New Facility Maintenance Building – 15,000 SF • Building 7 Modernization – 35,000 SF • Building 8 Modernization – 35,000 SF • Bridging Documents – New Cosmetology/Wellness/Athletics Building, New Administration / Instructional Building, New Automotive Technology Automatic Transmission Building, Building 8 Gateway Portal, North/East/West Campus Gateways, Demo of Northern Buildings, Parking Lot and Roadway Modifications


New Construction, Tenant Improvement 155,000+ SF

The firm provided mechanical and electrical engineering services for new construction and renovation projects on the Skyline Campus for both the traditional ‘design-bid-build’ and for ‘design-build’ project delivery method. We also provided the bridging documents for the above “Design Build” projects on the campus, including the new 43,750 SF Student Support and Community Center (Student Union) and 21,236 SF Science Annex Building. The building accommodates the following services: bookstore, common reception area, associated students offices and senate chambers, student activities offices and storage, multi-cultural center, security office, food service, meeting center, student health services and information, chemistry department with labs, biology department with labs, and a bridge connection. The gross building area is approximately 63,000 SF.

ALFATECH Southern California

Antelope Valley College, Sage Hall Academic Commons

Lancaster, CA


New Construction 35,000 SF

The firm is providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services for the $22 million project at Antelope Valley College. The new Academic building will be two stories, totaling 35,000 SF. It will serve as the new home for the Learning Center and also will house classrooms, offices, and a computer lab. The building will both centralize and expand academic support services. This facility will be located centrally on the campus, next to the library and SOAR High School. Sage Hall will be open for the 2021-2022 school year.

Awards • 2022 CCFC Facilities Professional Design Award of Merit in the Growth category

• Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Southern California Chapter Project Achievement Award in the higher education category. The annual Project Achievement Awards Program recognizes outstanding achievements in construction management and recognizes professionalism and excellence in the construction management process

Antelope Valley College, Student Services Center

Lancaster, CA


New Construction 58,000 SF

Provided MEP engineering design services for this new 2-story, 58,000 SF Student Services Building which provides a space for enrollment, counseling, financial aid, health and veterans services. The building organizes itself around a centralized courtyard with strong indoor/outdoor connections to the multiple functions housed there, including Student Equity Programs, Student Activities, Student Meeting and Lounge Spaces, Food Services, the College Store and Mail/Copy functions.

Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, CA


New Construction, Design-Build 200,000 SF LEED Gold anticipated

The firm provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering design services for this university campus expansion project for Soka University which consists of two buildings. The 4-story, 91,370 SF Marie and Pierre Curie Hall (STEM building) features 19 labs, three classrooms, 26 faculty and administrative offices, 11 conference rooms and a 100-seat auditorium alongside open collaborative spaces and student workstations throughout the facility. Core lab facilities, including an aquatics lab, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), accommodate advanced research and help recruit new faculty. The building’s instructional lab modules allow for interactive teaching and hands-on learning in this open, flexible, interactive and sustainable building to support the new life sciences concentration for undergraduate students interested in biology, biomedical research, biotechnology, public health and medicine (pre-med). The Resident Housing are twin, 4-story, 52,470 SF buildings which anchor the university’s southwest border. Each hall contains 50 housing units (made up of single- and double –bedroom dormitories), meeting and social spaces, a kitchen and 24-hour study rooms with a covered walkway connecting the buildings. Both proposed projects were designed to accommodate a LEED Gold Building Certification.

University of Southern California, Roski School of Art and Design

Los Angeles, CA


Tenant Improvement 25,000 SF

Phase 1: AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing & fire protection criteria engineering services for the first phase of this project which included 15,000 SF of open offices and classrooms as well as reception area bringing together the school’s three graduate degree programs into one space. Due to the sensitive nature of the art which will inhabit the space, proper lighting and heating control was crucial to keep the integrity of the student's work. The workspace included oversized desk areas as well as two modular classrooms along with a maker’s space featuring various equipment such as laser cutters, 3D printers and an equipment check out area for the students to use in their artistic process. Phase 2: AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing & fire protection criteria engineering services for the 10,000 SF expansion of the Roski School of Art and Design at University of Southern California. The expansion space includes 18 student studios, large open plan professional gallery space, conference room and private offices. This expansion enables the school to present arts programming and public events within the Arts District neighborhood, contributing to the existing creative community. Phase 2 was completed in April 2020

Antelope Valley College, Health & Science Center

Lancaster, CA


New Construction 106,000 SF

This project consists of a new science laboratory and office complex of 106,000 SF located in Lancaster, California. The project includes 44,706 SF of laboratory and classroom space to support the biology, botany, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, anthropology, and geography departments. Another 21,000 SF devoted to Health Sciences programs including nursing, emergency medical services, surgical, cardiovascular and radiologic technology. Special features of the building include an 80-seat planetarium, Live Animal Room, Cadaver Room, a surgery demonstration lab and outdoor botany greenhouse. The remainder of the building includes 10,000 SF of classroom space, faculty offices, computer lab and a café/dining area. The building has a very unique shape and a very large footprint. It is also in the relatively harsh high desert area of Southern California which presents HVAC design issues among others. Due to the nature of chemicals involved in the laboratories, and high desert winds, a sophisticated wind tunnel test was performed to assure proper exhaust air location and treatment.

College of the Desert, Student Services Center

Palm Desert, CA


New Construction 45,000 SF

LEED Silver

The firm provided MEP engineering design services for a new 2-story building consisting of approximately 45,000 SF. The building includes new smart classrooms, office space, administration for student services, and a new bookstore. The mechanical system consists of one large air-handling unit located on the roof that uses fan wall technology to save space, energy, and enhance acoustical performance. Chilled and hot water are provided from a central plant. The air handling unit serves a variable volume hot water reheat system A photovoltaic system is located on the roof of the building to supplement the primary electrical service and feed excess power back into the public grid. A central elongated skylight also makes very effective use of day-lighting. The building exterior has been designed with wall fins to provide window shading in this very hot climate. The project was awarded a LEED Silver Certification.

Compton Community College, Allied Health Building

Compton, CA


Tenant Improvement 20,350 SF

The firm provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services for the state-of-the-art Allied Health Building at Compton College which houses the Nursing and Child Development programs. The building simulated a modern hospital environment and features hi-tech classrooms, one lecture hall, one simulation lab, four health science labs, 11 faculty offices and an office for the dean of student learning, a computer lab, shared group study areas, restroom facilities, faculty and staff kitchen/lounge and a student lounge. The building also has wireless access throughout and “smart” classroom technology.

Moreno Valley College Welcome Center

New Construction 17,300 SF Moreno Valley, CA TYPE: SIZE:

AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing design for the 17,300 SF single-story building. The $14 million Welcome Center houses enrollment services and other departments within student services, such as Admission & Records, Cashier's Office, Counseling, Dream Center, Student Financial Services, First-Year Experience, Outreach, Umoja, Puente, LGBTQ+ Pride Center and Student Employment.

El Camino College, Industry Technology Center

Torrance, CA


Tenant Improvement 105,000 SF

The firm provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services for the Industry Technology Center with two floors above grade and a basement. This building houses industry and technology programs as well as the IT Services office which house the main technology server array in a state-of-the-art data room complete with a dedicated chiller system utilizing hot and cold aisles within the room and new UPS systems and emergency generators for redundant backup. The UPS systems utilize N+1 technology. The firm designed a pre-action wet sprinkler system and dry chemical system, including emergency stop function and a dry chemical evacuation ventilation system. The $38.3 million facility offers 70 classrooms and 24 labs that provide access to 209 new computers, training equipment, and associated tool rooms for drafting, fashion, and cosmetology programs. Administration of justice, architecture, automation robotics / manufacturing, engineering tech, fire tech, EMT, electronics /computer hardware tech, and the observatory are also located in the building. The observatory required very careful consideration and analysis of rooftop equipment. The HVAC design includes sophisticated isolation techniques to prevent vibration transmission to the extremely sensitive telescopes present on the roof as part of the observatory. The project included a complete new fire alarm system design for submission to DSA.

Cerritos College, Fine Arts & CIS/Math Complex

Norwalk, CA


New Construction Math CIS Bldg 37,000 SF; Fine Arts 58,000 SF

Provided MEP engineering design services for this complex consisting of two new buildings. Facilities feature classrooms, specialized computer and art labs, film studio, art gallery, a divisible 120 seat stepped floor lecture / theatre facility and Faculty / Division Offices. These buildings are linked by an elevated second floor deck which overlooks an expansive arts plaza and the future performing arts site. The project was designed to be open and naturally day lighted. Creating spaces which support informal student gathering and interaction.

Cerritos College, Health And Wellness Complex

Norwalk, CA


New Construction 76,000 SF

The new Health Wellness Complex (HWC) at Cerritos College will be a complex of five new buildings totaling 76,000 SF. This building is being designed to meet the criteria for LEED certification. Functioning as the home base for all athletic and physical education activities, the new complex will provide a much needed expansion of laboratory, classroom, office and support spaces tailored to the specialized needs of the robust physical education and athletics program of the college. The Dance/Fitness building includes two dance studios linked by a common entry area. Shared support spaces such as rest rooms and changing rooms rest between the studios and are accessed through the common area. The Student Health Services building, to be completed under Phase 2 construction, is a stand-alone facility that is organized into two zones, the clinical zone and the counseling and administration zone. The HWC at Cerritos College consists of 4 state of the art, energy efficient buildings totaling roughly 102,000 sf (Phase 1 and 2) and will function as the epicenter for the Athletics and Physical Education programs by providing modernized laboratory, classroom, office, and support spaces for faculty and students. Each space has been specifically designed for the needs of the end user and includes many specialized flooring, ventilation, and lighting finishes. The construction of the HWC has been split into 2 phases to allow for the continued use of the existing Physical Education building and avoid the need to temporarily relocate or suspend current college programs. Additionally, special logistics planning was taken into consideration due to the high pedestrian traffic around the construction site. With student safety being the primary concern, gate systems and protocol for contractors were developed early on. This allowed student access to adjacent buildings and temporary construction-only corridors for site access. Lastly, several existing campus utilities crossed the new construction site. These utilities were relocated prior to commencing construction to avoid disruptive shutdowns to the college during construction. Phase 1 consists of Physical Education, Weight Room, Adapted PE, Physical Therapy, Dance, and Hall of Fame programs.

Cerritos College, Burnight Center Theater

FPP 45,500 SF Norwalk, CA TYPE: SIZE:

The purpose of this report was to review the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems to determine the condition of existing equipment, code deficiencies, and recommend upgrades. A walk-through of the building was conducted by the architect, the firm, and campus personnel, and then we discussed the building systems with maintenance personnel and obtained available record drawings of the building systems. Built in 1965, the Burnight Center houses theater arts, music, motion picture/television and production classes, as well as the WPMD radio station. In addition, various productions are held in the Burnight Center Theater every semester including dance productions, plays and musicals, choral and instrumental concerts, guest artist performances, and movies. The building is primarily a high-bay theater with seating on the floor level only and with classrooms in the two-story wings. The building is approximately 45,500 SF. Most of the engineered systems within the building were original and over forty years old. Due to age, much was recommended to be replaced. The total estimated cost for MEP systems was approximately $3,500,000.

College of the Desert

Palm Desert, CA


Master Planning, Utility Infrastructure 160-acre campus

The firm developed a comprehensive utility infrastructure master plan to address all utility systems plus plans for growth (additional 250,000 additional SF) as outlined in the facilities master plan for this 160-acre campus with 593,000 SF in existing buildings. The plan indicated detailed utility corridors, system upgrades/modifications, and cost estimates of those upgrades. As part of this process, the firm performed a detailed review of existing equipment in all the existing buildings on campus to inventory HVAC equipment, electrical switchgear and panels, plumbing equipment, fire alarm and other miscellaneous systems. This information was then summarized in a report with details about remaining useful life, code violations, capacity issues, maintenance issues, and also identified priorities for replacement and maintenance of these items, including estimated costs to implement.

Orange Coast College, Planetarium

Orange, CA


New Construction 12,000 SF

The $19 million planetarium is located in the heart of the campus. This 12,124 SF planetarium building is intended to be an iconic statement which will stimulate and educate individuals of all ages and backgrounds in the world of science. The resulting building, reflective of a galaxy in its plan and site organization, houses a 120-seat 3-D immersive theatre / planetarium, a Foucault pendulum, exhibit areas and staff support spaces. The planetarium contains both digital and star projection systems which are designed to function as both a theatre and large lecture hall. The planetarium and Foucault pendulum are intended for use by K-12 students, the college and general public. The planetarium contains both digital and star projection systems which are designed to function as both a theatre and large lecture hall. The facility will be a significant boon to the college’s astronomy courses and will be made available to Orange County grade schools. This planetarium will be only the second in Orange County. .

Pomona College, Smith Campus Center

Claremont, CA


Tenant Improvement 65,000 SF

Awards • International Illumination Design Award of Merit, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), Regional, 2008. • Illumination Design Award, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), Michigan Chapter, 2008. • ACUI Facility Design Award

This project consisted of tenant improvements made to the Smith Campus Center at Pomona College. Several areas and challenges were undertaken. In the basement, approximately 8,400 SF of office space was converted to a pub-type setting. The living area was upgraded with new ceilings, lighting, and air-conditioning to provide a more inviting atmosphere. The Coop restaurant was entirely upgraded, including a new glass-enclosed space and kitchen. Exposed ductwork was worked into the architectural scheme to create an excellent atmosphere.

Whittier College, Science & Learning Center

Whittier, CA


Tenant Improvement 88,000 SF

This project was for complete renovation of the 1966 Stauffer Science Building at Whittier College and included seismic and accessibility upgrades, as well as new utility infrastructure and equipment. The long, raised-box form of the existing building was re-appropriated to create a more eye-catching exterior and improve the building’s relationship to the campus. Facing the campus quad, a nearly continuous glass facade is interrupted by terracotta pop-outs that serve as cross-disciplinary break out alcoves. Building consists of Labs and classrooms, all which have been reconfigured featuring at least one glass wall, revealing student endeavors. Open study spaces are located throughout the building creating spaces for students to have meaningful interactions beyond the classroom. There is a two-story lobby with a staircase in the shape of a DNA helix providing a route up to the campus proper and a fifth-floor ‘penthouse’ providing inspiring views, unique classroom environments, and dedicated terrace space for the astronomy program’s telescopes The mechanical for the project consisted of a chilled water system with hot water reheat and custom air-handling units with variable frequency drives for a variable air volume (VAV) system. In addition, VAV fume hood exhaust systems with demand response were provided for maximum energy efficiency.

El Camino College, Center for Applied Technology

Torrance, CA

44,389 SF SIZE: TYPE: Tenant Improvement

The new Center for Applied Technology is designed as an efficient complex consisting of the main building, working yards, and outbuildings. The facility is the home of Automotive Technology; Automotive Collision and Repair; Welding Technology; and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration programs and is supported by 4 Technology labs, 2 shared Classrooms, large Tool Room, 5 shared Faculty Offices, Supervisor’s Office, Conference Room, Display/Lobby, Building Infrastructure Rooms, and Campus Emergency Preparedness Building The building being located on the edge of campus has two faces: one toward campus and one toward the community. The campus face provides an event space that punctuates a prominent east-west campus walkway connecting the major parking structure to the campus. The lobby which is located along the pathway reveals the best ideas and events that occur in the building. The community face hides the auto and welding yards that occur along that elevation and focuses the eye upon soaring light monitors that make the lab spaces feel as if they are outside.

Cal State University, Bakersfield, Walter Stiern Library

Bakersfield, CA


New Construction 153,000 SF

The firm provided full engineering design for the new 5-story Stiern Library. This library features collections and services, computer labs, classrooms, media center, faculty and graduate student study carrels, group study rooms, a workshop space with a clean booth, a television studio, and a sound recording booth. All new engineering systems were connected to central campus facilities which included mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

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