Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts is the showpiece high school for the Los Angeles Unified School District. As a performing and visual arts high school, the seven-building, 10-acre campus houses a 950-seat theater, a parking garage/gymnasium, a library, a cafeteria, and classrooms. A new central plant and related utility distribution lines serve the entire campus. The school is aesthetically modern, with striking curved walls, curtain wall, stainless steel exterior metal-panel cladding, and asymmetrical features.
PCL used virtual construction to coordinate structural steel, curtain wall, and cladding on this project. 3-D modeling also proved to be a great asset in coordinating the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems in the buildings. The team faced a potential six-week delay when skeletal remains from an old cemetery were found on-site, but the threat was mitigated by opting to start the foundations in an alternate sequence. Using virtual construction and resequencing the schedule enabled PCL to complete the project on schedule despite the delays.
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