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$214 million, 551,687-SF new law school for Harvard. Scope of work included the demolition of an existing five-story parking structure and six story residence hall; the construction of a four-level, below-grade parking garage for 700 vehicles; the construction of a 235,000-SF, six-story academic building; 16,000-SF of renovation to an existing dining facility; and a full commercial kitchen in the basement of the building. The kitchen services the entire campus by utilizing an extensive tunneling system. The project not only transforms student life and learning, but also enhances the surrounding neighborhood by providing an attractive northern gateway to the Law School.
Beth MillerVice President, CommunicationsSkanska USA Inc.+1 917 438 4523
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Market segment: Higher education
Skanska pioneered the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) on this project in 2006 when BIM was much less widely used than today. We used our own funds to create the 3-D model from 2-D drawings for the project’s first half; when Harvard saw the BIM model and the benefits it provided, they offered to pay for modeling the entire project. These models not only showed clashes and other issues, but they helped Harvard visualize design aspects that weren’t apparent on drawings. Additionally, a 4-D model was created by integrating the BIM model with the project schedule, revealing two places where the schedule could be shortened and money could be saved. Skanska’s dedication to cutting edge construction methods has not just improved the process for ourselves but improved the product for the client and significantly lowered initial costs.