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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

IPD at Trapelo Road

This project was mentioned to me when I spoke to Autodesk about the AIAS Forum and when i had dinner with Phil Bernstein. To expand my knowledge for the forum I will divulge into this experiment with a students perspective. As an introduction check out the full story from Autodesk:

KlingStubbins, Tocci Building Companies, and Autodesk
A New England commercial interiors project breaks new ground with integrated project delivery.

Project Summary
Design technology company Autodesk recently expanded its presence in New England with a new headquarters for its Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Solutions Division. Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, the new facility accommodates staff expansion and offers additional space for meeting with customers, the press, and the community. Right from the start, Autodesk viewed this project as an opportunity to implement several new trends in the building industry, including integrated project delivery (IPD), sustainable design, digital design-to-fabrication, and the technical process underpinning all of them—building information modeling (BIM). “We felt strongly that it was important to use these methodologies because we advocate their use to millions of customers around the world,” says Phil Bernstein, FAIA, vice president, Industry Strategy and Relations of the AEC Solutions Division at Autodesk. Throughout the project, the team relied on multiple Autodesk BIM solutions integrated with the Autodesk® Revit® platform.

The Team
For help completing this groundbreaking IPD project—the first of its kind in New England—Autodesk turned to architectural firm KlingStubbins and construction manager Tocci Building Companies. Both fi rms are local and have a proven history of successfully employing both the BIM process and fast-track, collaborative project delivery methods. They also have the necessary training and hands-on experience to tackle the project’s ambitious LEED Platinum sustainable design goal.

“Our firms are very savvy about BIM,” says Scott Simpson, principal and senior director at KlingStubbins. “Because we both have a lot of experience with it, we were able to approach Autodesk with a common strategy for the project.” Once the project began, the two fi rms invited input from subcontractors, as well as a group of Autodesk employees, who regularly collaborated in the design review process through participation in an internal building advisory team.

The Challenge
After a careful search for an appropriate site, Autodesk selected a 61,000-square-foot speculative office building near Boston at 1560 Trapelo Road in Waltham, Massachusetts. The unfinished existing interior space required a complete build-out known as a tenant improvement. The new facility includes offices, conference rooms, and a 5,000-squarefoot Customer Briefing Center featuring a gallery of customer work that demonstrates how design technology supports innovation.

The project team designed and constructed the interior on a fast-track schedule. “Autodesk needed to occupy the building in January 2009, giving us a hard deadline,” says Laura Handler, virtual construction manager at Tocci. That factor, as well as the LEED Platinum goal, gave the project team a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate the power, scope, and capabilities of Autodesk BIM solutions. “As a team, our goal was to build a digital model of the project, comprehensively test it using advanced energy analysis tools, and then execute it on time in the field.”... Continue to Autdesk for the Rest of the story and a must see video...