Constructed in the 1960’s the Condike Science building required modernization to effectively teach science today. The construction of a new interdisciplinary complex of: chemistry, biology, physics and geophysical science provides for a 54,000 SF renovation of the existing structure as well as a new component of 50,000 SF. Utilizing building information modeling has allowed the construction to effectively install MEP systems into the 1960 structure as well to integrate the new construction with the existing structure efficiently. In addition, BIM has enhanced visualization for the end users earlier in the process thereby facilitating decision making. BOND’s virtual design and construction manager has been an act participant in the design and construction phases bringing new uses of BIM to the team.
BOND was hired by the Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) at the earliest stage of pre-construction to provide budgeting, scheduling, value analysis and constructability insights into the design process. Engaging the VDC Manager into this process has brought to light additional uses of the building model.
The project was undertaken in stages – building new first would acts as swing space for the phase of renovation. Working on a topographically challenging site in the midst of an active campus is a challenge that the team has met. The project is under budget and expected to achieve completion well in time for use in academic year 2013. To ensure quality control standards are met throughout the construction process BOND has integrated its tablet based QA/QC VELA program with its on site staff. The VELA program will integrate the latest in technology with BOND’s proven quality control practices.