BUILDING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

This project consisted of a roof top addition and expansion for a new book store, a small food court and a new entrance to the Medical School’s library. Constructed in the middle of the roof of the existing Health Science Center, Barton Malow was required to reinforce the existing roof framing to carry the 200 pounds per SF loads imposed by the book shelves and to carefully route the new utilities through the existing, densely occupied Medical School facility. Utility and data systems required upgrades and renovations to the existing research and teaching labs located immediately beneath the expansion. New mechanical systems required careful coordination with the existing duct work and fume hoods to avoid conflicts and interference.

Work in the Library Lobby included renovation of the restrooms, new entrances/lobby finishes, a new Donor Wall, upgrades to the library security system, and installation of “smart”, interactive display boards using the latest technology to communicate with students and faculty. The project is seeking LEED Gold certification and includes many sustainable solutions including increased HVAC energy performance, use of recycled and regional materials, rigorous construction waste management, enhanced commissioning and significant daylighting and views.

All work occurred during off hours to minimize campus disruption. The logistics plan included detailed material handling to coordinate the delivery of concrete, structural steel, curtain wall framing, and mechanical and electrical equipment without interrupting access of students, staff and visitors to this high traffic area.

Dave Price

“Building lives and facilities are my passions.”