Project Profile: Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 Apprentice Training Facility – LEED Gold







Bay Area Industrial Fund (BATF)
Fairfield, CA
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 and Bay Area Industrial Training Fund operate a joint labor-management trust that provides skills training and knowledge to sheet metal apprentices. Originally constructed in 1983 as a camping and RV center, this 44,000 square- foot wood framed and concrete tilt-up structure was purchased by the BAITF in 2010.

The BAITF’s vision for this multi-million dollar contemporary apprentice training facility centered on two major objectives:
First, to create a facility that would effectively serve the apprentice program well into the future; and, second, to design the facility to a LEED Gold(pending certification) as an example of industry excellence. A 45kw PV system was a key element of this remodel: this strategy pushed the project into the LEED Gold level.

The building was completely remodeled and major improvements were also made to the site including: storm water filtration, LED lighting and drought tolerant landscaping. A seismic retrofit was also designed for the ‘high-bay’ tilt-up portion of the building. Major spaces include administrative spaces, conference room, classrooms, architectural sheet metal shop, HV&AC sheet metal shop, welding lab, testing and air balancing (TAB) lab, instructor prep spaces, assembly hall, prep kitchen and union offices.

Upon completion of the programming phase, the owner, CM and architect interviewed contractors and selected Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company as the builder. The project delivery method was Design-Assist, and the MEP was Design-Build. Weekly design meetings took place at the site through schematic and design development phases and were attended by the owner, CM, architect, GC, key subs and building users. This collaborative process successfully allowed the team to identify cost, scope and schedule control measures and created an environment of accountability and clear communications.

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