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Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Lab

Ayers Saint Gross


University of Delaware

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194,000 sq. feet



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The University challenged the design and construction team to rethink how the traditional materials of campus Georgian architecture could be incorporated in an entirely new design style. The team embraced this challenge as an opportunity to rethink the building’s design style, but also to deliver a modern building that could only be realized through modern project delivery techniques. 

The resultant process affected everything from the selection of consultants, to collaboration with the Construction Manager, to how design ideas were presented to the client. The architect and consulting engineers developed thirteen design models using Revit, which were combined to allow a full understanding of how each building system affected the other. These models were constantly available to the CM team and fabricators via the project cloud, and were used for takeoffs, coordination, scheduling, and site layouts. 

The free and open sharing of design models with the CM and fabricators fostered a sense of trust among the stakeholders, as well as fully leveraging design intent models and datasets. This greatly improved understanding of the building design and enhanced communication between team members.

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