Caltech Linde + Robinson Laboratory for Global Environmental Science


Owner : California Institute of Technology
Contact : James McLane, AIA, LEED BD+C | | (626) 583-1401
Year Project Started : 2008
Year Project Constructed : 2010
Project Cost : $35 M
Contract Amount : $211,450
Address : 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125
Client : Architectural Resources Group, Inc.
65 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103

Project Description:

To address the complex issue of global climate change from a wide range of disciplines, Ronald and Maxine Linde established an $18 million endowment for the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) to create the Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for Global Environmental Science, uniting faculty from chemistry, engineering, geology, environmental science, and other fields. Caltech intended to provide building rehabilitation for the existing Robinson Laboratory Building. The goal of the renovation was to achieve a LEED NC Platinum Certification using Version 2.2. Accordingly, site work involving ADA compliance and grading involving Storm Water Management with LEED compliance was required for the area around and near the building. In addition, new wet service utilities for fire water, domestic water, storm water, and sanitary sewer was necessary to support the new usage of the building.

VCA’s Role:

VCA Engineers, Inc. provided civil engineering services for the project including: review of topographical surveys and as-built records, grading elevations of new site improvements relative to site drainage and ADA compliance, construction documents for horizontal and vertical control, erosion control plans, construction assistance, and coordination with City authorities. Additionally, VCA was responsible for obtaining the civil requirements and existing utility drawings from the City of Pasadena, as well as determining the point of connections for potable and fire water, sewer, and drainage lines.

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