UC Berkeley selected JL Construction as design-build contractor for the renovation of Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, a scientific research site on Mt. Hamilton in Santa Clara County.
JLC, with its architect partners, transformed the simple research site with a vintage barn and temporary living trailers into a state-of-the-art facility capable of accommodating 50 people with two faculty residences, four cabins and eight seasonal cabins. The utility infrastructure consists of a massive off-the-grid solar array, battery backup power, generators, solar hot water heaters, septic system, water storage and fire sprinkler pumps. The barn was renovated with a research lab, accessible bathrooms and showers, large commercial kitchen and presentation space.
Due to the remote site, all of the buildings were constructed in JL Modular’s manufacturing facility and placed on-site.
Construction of 8,000 square foot building featuring a group kitchen, library and activity area plus nine bedrooms and offices for administration and support staff. Walls and roofs were prefabricated in JL Modular's manufacturing facility. Panelized walls and roof were assembled on-site and then finish work was completed.
Construction of three health clinic modular buildings and one modular administration building for an exisiting state prison. Clinic modular buildings also contained temporary holding cells for inmates.
The East Bay Municipal Utilities District chose JL Modular to replace their temporary portable ranger station with a state of the art, net zero energy use modular headquarters. Net zero means the building has zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually.
Relevant features include modular structure on a slab-on-grade foundation, mechanically stabilized earth retaining walls, state of the art passive heating and cooling system using earth tube design, concrete slab with radiant heating and cooling coils, graywater systems, rainwater storage tank with night sky spray system for cooling, clerestory windows, energy-efficient HVAC systems, maximum natural lighting, energy efficient lighting fixtures with day lighting controls, and solar power system.
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