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SITUATION:

Brandeis University engaged BOND to provide preconstruction and construction management services for its new 50,000 SF, 160-bed residence hall. The new building will feature the following: new common space for students with large kitchen, study spaces, four lounges, a kitchen, and a courtyard. Elevators and a main stairway will allow for easier movement between floors. The new residence hall will also be the most sustainable building on campus. A renovation of the beloved Chum Coffee House in the adjoining Usen Castle was re-opened in time for the fall 2017 Semester.

CHALLENGES:

  • Maintain an aggressive schedule to deliver building for completion by August 2018
  • Work with planning teams to develop a detailed schedule for preconstruction and construction process to minimize disruption to an active campus
  • Manage logistical challenges of a tight site in a busy area of campus
  • Provide design assist services for the exterior curtainwall / glass rainscreen fa├žade assembly

SOLUTIONS:

  • Solar panels on roof will partially power the Residence Hall to help with peak campus demand management
  • Creation of detail mitigation plans and protocols to ensure safe conditions
  • Geothermal wells will provide all heating, cooling, and domestic hot water, eliminating the need for any fossil fuels
  • Comprehensive subcontractor prequalification and award process to ensure all awards are to reputable companies that bring expertise, craftsmanship, and the right attitude to the project

RESULTS:

  • Project underway with a scheduled completion target by August 2018
  • Anticipated LEED Gold certification
  • Delivery of environmentally-responsible project on track, within budget