JE Dunn used jobsite kiosks to provide digital access to
the most current contactor record set. The organization
of data was paramount since documentation equated
to having one drawing issued every six minutes on the
project. It is estimated that $1.5 million in printing costs
alone were saved. Image: JE Dunn Construction
By combining a progressive university and
facilities management staff and collaborative
construction and design team members, the
collective group had the ability to drive innovation, using technology, to another level.
When construction of the new research lab
facility began, the construction team met with
the key university and facilities management staff
regularly to walk them through specific areas of
the lab building visually in the BIM model and get
their feedback and buy-in. They would provide
input on access to their systems—panels, valves,
mechanical equipment—and the team would
work to accommodate their needs. The lab equip-
ment vendors provided equipment BIM models,
which aided the owner staff in understanding
how the equipment would be moved into place
and how it would fit within the overall space. The
owner staff was brought into the job site office
and was always involved as we coordinated in
BIM from one area to the next, to make sure the
key areas in the lab facility were built to meet their
university’s goals and objectives.
After construction BIM coordination of the
research lab facility reached completion, the
team offered the university various ways to
access and use these data-rich models. Some of
the facilities management staff installed BIM
software on their computers, and with software
training from us, are able to walk through
the models themselves for maintenance purposes. The robust hyperlinked digital as-built
documents put together for the Jennie Smoly
Caruthers Biotechnology Building also provided links to the final as-built BIM models for
each area so the owner would have quick access
to the visual information when needed.
Matt Meyer is a Senior Project Manager for
JE Dunn Construction’s S&T Group in Denver,
Colo. Meyer is a LEED AP and has over 28 years
BIM offers university tools
and capabilities that support
their O&Ms and facilities
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The presentation team will describe their
approach for utilizing BIM specific to flexible
lab design, first to aid in a collaborative construction coordination process that achieved
the university’s goals and objectives, and finally to leverage the 3-D, information-rich model
data beyond the construction phase, for this
exciting new lab facility.
The Univ. of Colorado at Boulder’s Jennie
Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building provided a unique opportunity to maximize the
The importance of BIM and efficient lab systems at the
Collaborative Life Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower
By: John McMichael, Interface Engineering and
Wade Snyder, JE Dunn Construction
School is truly back in at Oregon Health & Science Univ. (OHSU)’s recently complet- ed Collaborative Life Sciences Building.
The building, along with Skourtes Tower, is the
result of a joint venture between Portland State
Univ., Oregon State Univ. and Oregon Health &
Science Univ., and is designed to foster collaboration among students and instructors from the
The recently LEED Platinum-certified
buildings include simulation, teaching and
research labs; retail space; offices; classrooms;
multiple lecture halls and a 200-chair dental
school. The completion was made possible on
a very short timeline using advanced Building
Information Management (BIM) techniques.
Without such a plan, the design team
couldn’t have accomplished:
• 650,000 sf (including garage).
• $295 million construction cost.
• 32 months design/construction timeframe.
• Up to 500 workers onsite at once.
• 45% energy savings.
• 26 miles of plumbing systems.
• 126 miles of conduit.
• LEED Platinum certification.
Creation of the building model provided
consistent data for wind dispersion analysis,
BIM modeling and colocation of team members
(owner, contractor, architect, engineers).
The use of a heat-recovery chiller and the
strategic integration of how the systems are laid
out allow significant savings on the heating
bills. Cooling is enhanced by careful selection
of chillers. Fan static pressure is decreased by
use of dual-purpose heating/cooling coils. This
lowers operating costs significantly since the
lab fans run 24/7. Use of multiple small plenum
fans in air handlers saved space and provided
more program area in a smaller building foot-
print. Evaporative humidification supplied with
heat by the heat-recovery chiller gave the vivar-
ium a humidification system with a very high
CLSB’s fast pace dictated an overlap of design and con-
struction. The prefabrication of pipe racks was one of
the many design and construction practices that allowed
the team to save time and money. Image: JH Kelly