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Close architectural and engineering design coordination fit large laboratory ducting, plumbing and electrical systems within unusual structural constraints.

GLHN Architects and Engineers Laboratory Design


The design of a two story addition above an existing and active building wing involved a very high degree of spatial coordination between architecture, structural, mechanical and electrical systems. The floor of the addition rides just above an existing post tensioned roof slab of the 1st floor wing that was  to remain operational. Because new penetrations through this slab were to be minimized, vertical laboratory utilities were routed outboard requiring a highly coordinated interface between the plumbing and structural systems.


The A/E team made extensive use of interconnected 360 optical scans, point cloud data, three dimensional (BIM) modeling, along with Navisworks “Clash Detection” techniques to establish optimal routes through the new and existing interstitial spaces to minimize inefficient offsets, assure long term maintenance access and avoid costly field changes. Early efforts to coordinate the engineering of the above-ceiling space became critical as the project moved into construction, and the MEP trades became fully engaged in final layout and fabrication.  Design Architect: Shepley Bulfinch

Role: Architect & Engineer of Record
Size: 31,000 SF
Cost: $21M