Their challenge

Success of the college’s performing arts program—which far outgrew its Flint Center for the Performing Arts—as well as a growing need for large lecture hall facilities prompted the development of plans for the De Anza Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC). Funded by a voter-approved bond and one significant patron donation, the new VPAC would serve as a multi-use facility for classes and a variety of college and community events like film viewings, dances, concerts, and live theater. The center would also be home to the Euphrat Museum, a dynamic exhibition space. The school needed a trustworthy engineering partner to prepare the center’s engineering design, and they chose Salas O’Brien.

Our solution

Our team provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering, central plant upgrades, and LEED certification services for this innovative center. The nature of the facility’s purpose impacted the team’s designs and procedures in multiple ways throughout construction. Our engineers made special provisions in planning to ensure that the HVAC and plumbing systems would not interfere with the delicate acoustics of the performance areas. In addition, the fire and life safety engineers ensured that the sprinkler and fire alarm systems met code requirements while also minimizing aesthetic impact to the facility.