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ZCON Builders




Santa Clara, CA




March 2017–December 2019




  • Electrical
  • Design-Build
  • Prefab
  • BIM
  • Title 24 Testing & Compliance

Gateway village is a 7.7-acre mixed-used project comprised of ten buildings which surround various courtyards and plazas. This 476-unit project included a wrap design with a central parking structure, pool and amenities (sun deck, barbeques, fitness center, lounge areas) on top, and other branched off buildings connected with breezeways.

Our scope included the installation of complete electrical systems, lighting and lighting control, access control, code blue, CATV and phone. The scope also included EV chargers in the garage, a two-way ERS system and fire alarm installation through our subcontractor.

Royal was brought into the project after the slab on grade work had already begun.  Our teams had to quickly reevaluate our conduit run locations and coordinate with the general contractorso we could timely execute the changed scope while keeping the project on schedule.

Other specific challenges included:

  • Scheduling —Multi-family projects require coordination between many different subcontractors, especially on a project of this size.  Coordinating the schedule around third-party delays, inclement weather, or approval of owner-issued design changes required constant collaboration.
  • Feeders — For various reasons, activities on the project were re-sequenced, causing Royal to react quickly to re-plan and execute our work.  Delays to installation of the exterior building envelope resulted in later sequencing of drywall installation – and this impacted Royal’s ability to install feeders to the unit panels as planned.  Royal coordinated with the general contractor, inspector and other trades to work around the schedule issues and install our work as soon as possible.
  • Lighting and Controls — The specifications called for an extensive lighting system on the project, with significant decorative lighting for the common areas, leasing office, mail room, fitness center and lounge.  The comprehensive lighting control system provided multiple control capabilities for the lighting and required detailed planning for proper installation. 

Although Royal was brought late into the project, we quickly collaborated with the general contractor to ensure we were aligned in desired project outcomes, including schedule, quality installation and a safe project site. 

  • Scheduling —Royal was able to drive the pace of work when our project managers developed a unique labor tracking system which was utilized to schedule and plan ahead with manpower and material. This enabled us to efficiently analyze our progress by tracking production and budgeted man hours. The system could be filtered by phase, floor, and activity allowing us to allocate sufficient manpower and measure success. 
  • Feeders — Royal coordinated with the general contractor and other trades on the method of installation for our support racks. By dropping our feeder cables down on a trapeze system, the drywall subcontractor was able to install sheet rock above our work. 
  • Lighting and Controls —Royal’s expertise in lighting and lighting controls resulted in a system that was well planned and expertly installed.

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