3D BIM Video Shows How Columbia University’s Campbell Sports Center Goes From Vision to Reality

See how a vision can become a reality in this 3D BIM video of Columbia University’s new sports complex. Structure Tone managed the construction of the new 47,000sf Campbell Sports Center, the gateway to the Baker Athletic Complex for Columbia University. The fast-track project achieved LEED Gold certification. BIM was utilized for clash detection and coordination, the first significant project undertaken by the University utilizing this technology, which will ultimately be used to manage and maintain the facility.

One of the most critical time and cost saving activities performed during preconstruction was the utilization of a 3D model of the proposed Campbell Sport Center. This was the inaugural BIM project for the University, whereby it was used to fully coordinate the design. Through the model, Structure Tone and their trade contractors were able to verify the unique dimensioning and geometry of the façade and identify “hits” and detect clash issues. By utilizing this model we eliminate costly changes in the field and delays to the schedule. Another element coordinated in the model was the structural steel and precast plank structure, which supports the façade. The normal coordination processes, a page by page comparison and review of the drawings, would have taken weeks. However, by coordinating our model with the façade contractor’s model, a mere 10-minute conference call, confirmed the accuracy of the structure and the façade within 1/8 of an inch. BIM also allowed all the MEP trades to commence with their coordination simultaneously, versus the traditional method of the HVAC contractor leading the pack and all others following accordingly.

During the two year preconstruction phase, our team worked with Columbia University and its design team to realize its vision of a facility that highlights the University’s commitment to its students and student-athletes. Through constructability analysis, value management recommendations, and budget and schedule updates we assisted Columbia with programmatic decisions that accommodated the budget while not compromising their goal of creating a state-of-the-art facility for athletic training and preparation for their students.

With a desire to incorporate the community into the campus, a building was designed that mimics the stepped fire escapes of the community. Preserving the look of the community as well as the natural resources, while promoting a healthy, sustainable building for the athletes and visitors led Columbia to build a LEED Gold certified facility. During the preconstruction phase, the team worked with the architects to establish and confirm the LEED requirements. The building is energy efficient and sensitive to the natural resources it uses. Features include:

• Daylighting for more than 75% of the space
• Views of the outdoors for 90% of the space
• Energy efficient MEP systems
• Water efficient fixtures
• Fully controllable lighting system
• Recycled content and low VOC materials
• Established indoor air quality and waste management plan

Awards this project has won include:
• Outstanding Project—Athletic Facility, Greater New York Construction User Council
• Building of the Year, The Architects Newspaper
• Best New Building, The Municipal Art Society of New York
• Platinum Award—Building/Technology Systems, ACEC New York


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