Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SOARS) Instrument Make-Ready Lab Phase 1

Client: UC San Diego


Higher Education


$1.9 M


10,000 SF


This project was for a first-of-its-kind wind and wave simulator designed to provide an interdisciplinary science team with the ability to monitor pollutants’ effects on a wide range of ocean conditions. Scope included micropiles for the concrete wave tank, new 800A electrical service, mechanical yard, and other related work within and adjacent to the historical Hydraulics Lab (H-Lab) building overlooking the Scripps pier.

One of a kind wind/wave instrument to help study climate change.

Planning Process

The planning process included numerous collaborative meetings with both the make-ready design team and the SOARS instrument design team. Align took the lead on defining the clear distinction of make-ready vs SOARS scope, and planned the numerous handoffs back and forth as the instruments were constructed. Align also managed site safety and logistics for both project phases, and coordinated a safe and efficient working environment within the tight space, among active research, students, and the public.