The LinkedIn commercial office project in Sunnyvale, California, was a design/assist, LEED® Gold tenant improvement project that also included the core/shell construction of a new five-story, 125,000-square-foot building. The project included constructing a full-service cafeteria, a library, a training room and numerous meeting areas. Cupertino Electric completed the project on an aggressive schedule of 16 weeks and required shift crews and overtime to finish on schedule.
Cupertino Electric worked in close collaboration with the construction team including the general contractor, basis of design (BOD) engineer and client. CEI explored cost saving strategies that resulted in an installation that was both on-time and on-budget. While certain design elements were solid as planned, Cupertino Electric gave professional suggestions for improvements that positively affected fixture control grouping, cable tray routing, generator sizing, and finalizing plans for distributing single lines.
Construction teams met weekly to coordinate, review constructability and eliminate any conflict and rework. CEI used value engineering to reduce cost and installation time while still constructing the client’s envisioned office atmosphere. Branch wiring was a major focus, particularly in numerous open ceiling conditions. Construction in these areas was closely coordinated, and Trimble layout devices were used to eliminate any errors.
While establishing the guaranteed maximum price (GMP), Cupertino Electric worked with multiple vendors to obtain a minimum of three bids on all quoted items. This provided the client with the most cost-competitive product. CEI coordinated with vendors to deliver ordered materials “just-in-time.” This strategy eliminated the need to move materials multiple times and reduced damage to the high-end lighting package. The project at LinkedIn used a 2014 Title 24 compliant lighting control system that featured wireless controlled fixtures.