Walter P Moore provided multidisciplinary engineering services to the Chase Center, a mixed-use office, retail, and arena development — the new home of the NBA Golden State Warriors. Our engineers and designers served as design partners to MANICA Architecture and Kendall/Heaton Associates, providing enclosure, waterproofing, and parking consultancy services for the project located in the Mission Bay, San Francisco neighborhood.
The complex swooping geometry presented a significant challenge that required expertise in structures, glass and metal panel systems, and their geometric resolution for a complete building enclosure. Walter P Moore explored multiple design options, working to find the right balance between design and budget. The team’s critical contribution was to develop cost-effective design solutions, and help establish appropriate budgets to avoid value engineering that could compromise project goals.
Using an advanced digital platform, the Walter P Moore team rationalized complex geometry and greatly simplified the secondary enclosure backup structure while remaining true to the architect’s design intent. The team worked to identify standardized cladding panel sizes, components, and assemblies that could be successfully bid to multiple suppliers, ensuring fair and competitive pricing. More importantly, the modeling effort, working at a high level of fidelity, reduced complexity and eliminated significant risk that typically appears later in the design and construction phases.