Design Assist & Architectural Precast Case Studies

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Design Assist & Architectural Precast Case Studies

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.

Learning objectives

  1. Explain the benefits of design-assist and when desirable to begin the process.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Date and time

Thursday, February 25, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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