The new six-story, 100,000 square foot Edie and Lew Wasserman Building on the UCLA campus is designed to meet the growing needs of the Jules Stein Eye Institute by providing the space necessary to expand into a world-class research and treatment facility. The $115.6 million project builds on the Wasserman family’s commitment to UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute and will seek to provide patients with holistic treatment and services, as well as offer the entire medical community a world-class medical and research center. The architecture firm of Richard Meier designed the project to include an overhaul of nearby space to create an “outdoor room” providing visitors with a place to walk and relax. The south side of the building will feature large glass windows that afford ample sunlight and views to the gardens.
The building was built on a very dense site that needed to meet sustainability requirements. The consulting engineering firm, KPFF, worked with Contech to design a stormwater solution to optimize the design and maximize the infiltration volume while dealing with a need to match existing inverts and work around existing utilities. The design uses two separate treatment systems; one for the North side of the building and one for the south side, designed to collect 2,260 cubic feet of runoff from the roof and parking lot. On the North side of the building a Stormwater Management StormFilter with a 72" manhole and an 18' deep perforated section was installed; providing treatment and infiltration in one structure. The StormFilter contains two cartridges with specialized media designed to filter urban pollutants such as oil, grease, trash, and total supposed solids.
The South side of the building contains a CDS hydrodynamic separator and 2 barrels (total of 57 linear feet) of 72", 16 gauge perforated CMP for infiltration. The CDS system pre-treats the runoff by using patented deflective separation technology to screen, separate and traps debris, sediment, and oil and grease from stormwater runoff.
The indirect screening capability of the CDS system allows for 100% removal of floatables and neutrally buoyant material be- fore stormwater enters the infiltration system. These solutions helped to avoid utilities, minimize excavation, meet the City of LA LID requirements, contribute to the building’s LEED certification, and provided space for the beautiful “outdoor room” and gardens.