Location: Davis, CA
Square Feet: 62,236
The extensive 18-month renovation of the historic Memorial Union (MU), originally built in 1955, created an open and dynamic space that better meets the needs of the growing student population of UC Davis. Often called the living room of the campus, the Memorial Union is the central hub of student life. The renovations created a new two-story lobby, a new east side entrance, improved study/lounge areas, improvements to the North and South Memorial Plazas, updated retail space and gaming room with billiards and bowling, and seismic and ADA upgrades.
The Memorial Union required extensive upgrades to many of its core and vital mechanical systems. All equipment and piping in the bookstore’s basement mechanical room was replaced, requiring a new air handling unit (AHU) to be delivered in pieces and assembled in place. Most of the areas in the bookstore as well as the first and second floors of the MU received new piping and ductwork along with a new AHU. The scope included new reheat coil systems, hydronic pumps, motors, variable frequency control drives, water-to-water and steam-to-water exchangers, as well as electrical, control and hot water systems. The third and fourth floors of the MU remained open and occupied throughout the renovation, which required that all utilities serving these areas be continuously coordinated to maintain operations.