UC Davis | Veterinary Medicine Building 3B
Davis, CA
Photos: David Wakely (top two photos); R+C

Structural Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering

118,000 sf
LEED Gold 
UC Berkeley Green Building Center award for Best Overall Sustainable Design

Key Info

  • Cost-effective foundation
  • UC Davis' first project including BIM coordination of all major disciplines


Rutherford + Chekene provided structural and geotechnical engineering services for this four-story, 118,000 sf facility. The building was designed to provide advanced laboratory space to support the school’s biomedical research programs; to consolidate teaching, research and clinical programs within the school; and to free up space in the central campus for growth. R+C developed a cost-effective solution that uses a shallow foundation with soil improvements instead of a more expensive deep foundation. It is the first project at UC Davis to include coordination of all major disciplines using Building Information Modeling. The project incorporated sustainable measures, including sun shading and operable windows, and was designed to meet LEED Gold standards.