College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Scott Kelting, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This paper consists of a case study conducted on the UCSD Triton Pavilion project, In San Diego, California. The general contractor on this project is PCL Construction in contract with LMN architecture. The case study evaluates the strategies proposed to help this progressive design build project achieve a Living Building Challenge certification and the costs that would be associated with such implementations. Research and communication with integral employees from PCL Construction helped identify key strategies that ultimately caused the project to not pursue LBC certification and opt to choose a LEED platinum certification instead. In summary the size and scope of the project created too many complexities for the proposed strategies to effectively be applied to a building of this size and scale. Further, the case study revealed the aspects of LEED platinum which made it more feasible for a building of this size and scope. The Living Building Challenge certification would be a substantial risk for both the owner and contractor due to the cost of implanting the LBC principles to a project of this magnitude.

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