Stanford Center at Beijing University
DCI Engineers has provided peer review services for this three-story building with two underground levels located in Beijing University. The project consists of one level of traditional wood contraction and two levels of below-grade concrete floors. Some unique features to this project include a specially designed skylight in the courtyard which will bring significant natural light into the below-grade office spaces. Additionally, the center is located on a small island within a lake, making waterproofing critical for the underground structure.
DCI was initially brought on board based on the firm’s expertise in seismic design. The owner soon recognized the staff’s talent and quality of communication skills and promptly assigned DCI as the lead consultant for all peer reviews involving architects, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors. Our knowledge in both design and construction has helped the owner understand the differences between China and the U.S., and also allowed the project to be designed and constructed in a high quality that Stanford University expected.
After the construction, the new building had significant waterproofing issues because of lack of trained labors with the specialized skill and limited local construction expertise. DCI was brought to the job site to represent the owner for improving the design and repairing the building envelope with the local contractors. The team focused on optimizing a complex courtyard with many skylights to the basement. The owner relied on DCI to handle complex issues involving a wide range of factors encompassing design, construction, quality assurance, maintenance and warranty. The ongoing partnership has established the client’s confidence in DCI Engineers’ global business savvy.