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Company Information - November 2, 2012

Joseph P. Mazzola Training Center Wins CICA Award

Nibbi’s Joseph P. Mazzola Training Center last night was recognized by CICA (Commercial Interiors Contractors Association) as 2012’s Best Bay Area Adaptive-Reuse Project.

The Mazzola Training Center–outfitted with training stations for the installation and maintenance of plumbing systems seen in all building types, including residential, commercial, mixed-use, clean rooms, laboratories, hospitals and data centers–provides members of U.A. Local 38 with the opportunity to build their careers through hands-on experience with the most advanced equipment currently used in the plumbing trade.

The project team (Nibbi, CAS Architects and Environmental Building Strategies) employed four key strategies on the project to improve constructability and maximize quality on this complex project:

  1. the separation of the job into multiple phases to maximize funding opportunities and allow the owner to meet all building objectives
  2. collaboration among the builder, designer, environmental consultant and the center’s teachers in the design and construction processes
  3. the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to coordinate the mechanical and plumbing systems
  4. the pursuit and achievement of LEED Silver certification


“Adapting a previous building into a highly functional educational and training facility is a complex process,” says Jake Arlein, Director of Certification Services, Environmental Building Strategies, “yet the project team and owners pushed the standards even higher by pursuing LEED Silver certification. The result is a 75% reduction of pre-renovation lighting power density, a 25% reduction in Title 24 energy code requirements, and a 50% reduction of lighting energy consumed compared to buildings of similar size.”

Read more about the Joseph P. Mazzola Plumbers Union Training Center.