The project team realized an opportunity to introduce an underground water loop to provide a highly efficient source of heating and cooling for the building. They took advantage of the site preparation, which included 16 feet of soil excavation and re-compaction, to install a ground-source heat pump/radiant slab system. The innovative system resulted in significant energy savings.

The new three-story, 40,000-square-foot Gallagher Hall at the University of California, Davis has classrooms designed for interactive learning with advanced technology systems. The state-of-the-art student affairs and career services center gives students a place to develop skills needed to advance their career. An outdoor garden and courtyard provides space for special events and networking. The adjacent two-story, 43,000-square-foot conference center houses University Relations on the second floor. The first floor includes a ballroom, conference rooms and space for a future restaurant. 
 
2010 Best Higher Education/Research Project-California Construction Magazine
2010 Builder's Choice Award-Sun/Coast Architect/Builder Magazine
2010 Exceptional Project Award for Building-Western Council of Construction Consumers (WCCC)
2011 National Design-Build Excellence Award - Educational Facilities-Design-Build Institue of America (DBIA)
2011 Western Pacific Region Design-Build Award of Excellence - Education-DBIA Western Pacific Region
Award of Merit Best Office/Professional Building-Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Award of Merit for Energy + Sustainability, AIA San Francisco Design Awards 2010-American Institute of Architects
Award of Merit, Excellence in Structural Engineering Award 2010-SEAONC
Finalist, Sacramento Business Journal Real Estate Projects of the Year-Sacramento Business Journal
Honorable Mention, AIA TAP Building Information Model Awards-American Institute of Architects