PCL : UCSD Music Building
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Project Overview

The UCSD Conrad Prebys Music Center is a 46,000-square-foot building constructed of architectural cast-in-place concrete and an exterior curtain wall system. The building contains offices, classrooms, student recording suites, computer music labs, practice rooms, a flexible “black box” theater, a 150-seat lecture/recital hall, an ensemble hall, and a 400-seat concert hall.

To enhance construction planning of the elaborate concert hall, the PCL project team found a way to expand the use of Building Information Modeling from typical systems coordination. 2-D drawings of the concert hall were difficult to visualize, and the magnitude of systems involved with construction were unclear. This caused confusion for subcontractors, which made it difficult to create a valuable construction plan. As a solution, PCL introduced the model during planning stages, providing a more versatile medium. With this approach, PCL was able to review and verify several different planning aspects, and a number of construction scenarios were reviewed to identify which was most feasible. With a visual 3-D aspect, the subcontractors were able to grasp the design of the concert hall, which led to better productivity in field operations.

DETAILS

CLIENT:
University of California, San Diego
PROJECT LOCATION:
La Jolla, CA
PCL OFFICE:
San Diego – Buildings Construction
COMPANY:
PCL Construction Services, Inc.
SECTOR:
Buildings
MARKETS:
Education, Sports and Entertainment
DELIVERY METHOD:
General Contracting