This presentation will explore the collaborative design-assist process and how it enables project teams to obtain their design goals while maintaining design integrity within budget, as illustrated through a range of architectural precast project case studies. It will explore the collaboration of design and construction teams and the advantages of technology-based BIM, CNC, and module-based forming for mold fabrication.
Case studies will include: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science with interviews from the design team reflecting on the design-assist collaboration of this iconic structure; and, One South First, a unique project on the former Domino Sugar manufacturing site in Brooklyn, NY – with collaboration from the architect, developer and precast fabricator – to use research from PCI and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to employ 3-D printed molds and wood forming techniques for the project’s nearly 100 windows, to meet the architects’ vision, schedule and budgetary requirements.
- Explain the benefits of design-assist and when desirable to begin the process.
- Understand how BIM is used in the design of structures when using architectural precast and how BIM models are used to track, schedule, engineer, fabricate, transport, erect, and for in-service use.
- Recognize the savings in the construction schedule due to enhanced collaboration between team members, resource and energy savings through streamlined workflow, and vertical integration of design elements.
- Explore the use of collaborative design-assist with architectural precast helps project teams obtain their design goals while maintaining budgets.
Photo: Carol M. Highsmith / Library of Congress