Project Details:NYA provided structural engineering services for the new California Nanosystems Institute at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In collaboration with architect Rafael Viñoly, Nabih Youssef Associates conceived a structural system that not only responded to the many complications of the building type, but is also a significant element in the overall architectural design.
The unique requirements of the UCLA site led to the creative solution to span the portions of the new laboratory facility over the top of an existing parking structure. A courtyard scheme was proposed to float over the existing parking structure
on the site.
Long-span trusses spanning 188 feet over an existing parking garage were used, creating an interstitial space for mechanical equipment that allows for future flexibility. These trusses are supported by tower structures along each side, which also house vertical circulation. The fifth level hangs from the lower truss chords, while the seventh level is supported above the upper truss chord.
Secondary Structural Systems
Within the central courtyard area a pair of 140-foot-long structural steel pedestrian bridges is supported by high-strength stainless steel rods from the primary steel structure. To allow for temperature differentials, elongation and contraction, the bridges have Teflon slide bearings on one end.