Laboratory Renovation

Exceptional laboratory design starts with understanding how researchers and technicians work in the lab, and what is important to them on a day-to-day basis. With that as foundation, Estructure works to understand the equipment and systems required for functionality following an earthquake. We collaboratively develop design solutions to satisfy regulatory requirements and project specific needs. Currently we are researching better ways to restrain lab equipment to safeguard against earthquake damage. Stay tuned for the results of shake table testing of lab refrigerators!

 

UCSF Health Science Instruction & Research (HSIR) Renovation

UCSF MSB Gross Anatomy Teaching Lab

Kaiser San Jose Clinical / Pathology Laboratory Remodel

Hospital Renovation

Estructure has been involved in structural and nonstructural design of hospitals since its inception. In the past five years Estructure has served as Structural Engineer of Record on over 250 hospital projects, ranging from small remodels to complete renovation of hospital departments; and from small equipment replacement projects to complex infrastructure upgrades. The breadth, depth and experiences from those projects are brought to bear on each new project. Our approach to hospital renovation projects is "hands on" including detailed on-site verification of existing conditions, direct collaboration with the design/owner team during design, timely on site participation during construction and in-person meetings with OSHPD ACO and DSE as needed to facilitate approvals. With high level services provided at every stage, the most appropriate design solutions are efficiently identified and carried through construction.

Laboratory Renovation

Exceptional laboratory design starts with understanding how researchers and technicians work in the lab, and what is important to them on a day-to-day basis. With that as foundation, Estructure works to understand the equipment and systems required for functionality following an earthquake. We collaboratively develop design solutions to satisfy regulatory requirements and project specific needs. Currently we are researching better ways to restrain lab equipment to safeguard against earthquake damage. Stay tuned for the results of shake table testing of lab refrigerators!

 

Infrastructure Improvement

Estructure has completed numerous projects that involve complicated upgrades to building infrastructure. These projects require thoughtful planning to maintain uninterrupted service throughout all phases of construction and creative problem solving to develop cost effective constructible designs. Infrastructure projects often require extensive field work, both to investigate existing systems and during construction, to facilitate the work. Estructure works collaboratively with the owner, facility engineers and other consultants throughout all phases of the project to help deliver thoughtful solutions to extend the life of existing buildings.

Seismic Evaluation and Rehabilitation

From our investigation of post-earthquake performance and research in building response, we know what structural systems withstand earthquakes well and which ones are more vulnerable. Our engineers bring that knowledge to the evaluation of existing buildings and the design for their seismic rehabilitation. In addition to structural systems, we identify and mitigate nonstructural deficiencies that can affect a building’s ability to withstand and remain operational after an earthquake.

Tenant Improvement

Helping to create someone’s vision is the essence of interior renovations. Estructure goes beyond that to ensure that in addition to building the vision, all components of the renovation are installed to satisfy regulatory requirements and protect the interests of the owners and users. We support the design/owner /builder team throughout any or all phases of a renovation project. We love working with design professionals and contractors to develop elegant and effective seismic restraint details that are simple to install.

Technology and Data Center

The structural design of a mission critical facility is a key component in the overall success of the project.  Estructure’s experience covers the full spectrum of structural engineering services required by businesses and institutions for data centers, collocation spaces, server rooms, control centers, and other projects involving specialized technologies. Our process places great emphasis on the timely delivery of service, often key when implementing new technologies. We coordinate our work with architectural and MEP consultants, and we are adept at identifying the most cost effective and expeditious ways to support and seismically protect their designs.

Structural Investigation

Estructure is equipped to investigate damage, distress, and deterioration in structures and develop strategies to extend their useful life. We have extensive experience with existing buildings and take a hands-on approach to examining problems and solving them. Detailed field investigation supported by creative design produces efficient solutions that reduce safety risks and extend the service life of structures.

Peer Review

Just as we welcome and often seek the counsel of our colleagues, Estructure provides peer review services to evaluate other engineers’ work. We represent clients’ interests and ensure work is performed to their desired standards. Particularly with some alternative delivery methods, we believe that monitoring the design is important to ensuring quality solutions.

Research and Development

Estructure’s breadth of knowledge across all of our service areas gives us the experience to help advance our industry through research and development. Engineers at Estructure work on various committees responsible for research and development of the next generation of codes and standards.