Xcel Mechanical Engineers Completing Design Phase of UCLA Hoops Practice Facility

GARDENA, CA – Xcel Mechanical engineeers are wrapping up the all-important design phase of the new Mo Ostin Basketball Center at UCLA, a strategic Design-Build project that will highlight the respected Southern California mechanical contractor’s combined strengths in design and construction.

The new state-of-the-art training and practice facility will be home to the university’s storied men’s and women’s basketball programs. The new two-story, 35,700 square-foot building will include on its ground floor practice gyms, locker rooms and player’s lounges for both teams; a training area and film room; cardio and equipment storage areas; and a public lobby. The second floor will include a weight room; coaches’ conference rooms; staff offices and lockers; and a laundry room.

Mechanical equipment will be located in the basement.

Xcel Mechanical was awarded the HVAC portion of the project. “It’s Design-Build slated for LEED Gold status, and both are in the front of our minds,” said project engineer Joe Camacho. “It is imperative that we design with both a constructability and budget mindset. It’s about balancing superior design with cost and energy savings that can be passed through to the owner.”

Another strong performance will continue to lead to more projects of similar size and scope across Southern California, said Kevin Michel, president of Xcel Mechanical. “We continue to build an impressive resume in the Education sector, and this project provides another opportunity to deliver unique value to a very important client.”

The project rejoins Xcel Mechanical with general contracting partner PCL Construction Services. Industry-leading trade publication Engineering News and Record – California recognized both firms with its prestigious “Award of Merit 2013” for their work on the UCLA Pauley Pavilion Renovation and Expansion Project.

About Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc.
Xcel Mechanical Systems is one of Southern California’s recognized industry leaders in large-scale mechanical and plumbing engineering, design-build, and construction. Building owners, general contractors and consultants trust Xcel Mechanical to deliver cost-effective solutions that make buildings more comfortable, energy efficient, and easier to manage. We specialize in the Aerospace, Healthcare, Education, Data Center, Government, Commercial, and Entertainment sectors. For more information, please visit: www.xcelmech.com