Project Milestone for the SCU Arts & Art History BuildingApr 22 2015 · 0 comments · Educational, Nishkian Chamberlain, Steel-framed ·0
The SCU Arts and Art History building is a new three story structure with classrooms and studios for faculty and staff at Santa Clara University located in Santa Clara, California. The architectural design was completed by Form4 Architecture Inc. The structure is a traditional steel framed building with buckling restrained braced frames serving as the lateral force resisting system. Notable features include the domed/mansard roof clad in Spanish tile and a custom designed Chihuly sculpture hung over the entrance lobby. The SCU Arts building is one of a several projects where we serve as the structural consultants for Santa Clara University.
Construction on the project has recently begun with Devcon Inc. serving as the contractor. The preconstruction phase began in December 2014 with an emphasis on reducing construction costs with value engineering and coordinating subtle detailing items between architect, contractor, and structural engineering disciplines.
The structural model was constructed using Revit and the architectural drawings were created using AutoCAD. Despite careful coordination between the two disciplines, intricate areas such as the dome and mansard roof framing required close collaboration with the steel fabricator in order to mitigate constructability issues with the curved and sloped members. Work points assumed for either structural or architectural detailing were fine tuned to facilitate the construction process, maintain structural integrity, and conserve the original architectural intent.
Together with the architect we successfully provided the steel manufacturer with the detailing information needed to appropriately fabricate the framing members. Foundations are currently being poured and steel erection is expected to begin in June 2015.