TH10 - Best Value Pre-Cast Facades: Design Assist/Integrated Design

Thursday, November 29 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM « Back

Abstract Text:

As an increasing number of concrete buildings of the late 20th century are renovated, the advantages of new architectural precast cladding with an almost unlimited variety of appearances become desirable as a way to bridge between existing and new. The challenge is how to address aesthetics, constructability and cost in a manner which achieves the best value. Using as a case study, the recent expansion of Fairfield University’s student center, a panel consisting of owner, architect, contractor and pre-cast fabricator will describe the successful design-assist process, which relied on an integrated team approach. Stiff budget and schedule requirements were major drivers, but still allowed the design to embrace custom sizes and details like tapered shapes, line-work, and multiple finishes. Ultimately 10,450 square feet of decorative precast panels were installed in six days. Using the design-assist delivery system, the project successfully met the budget and schedule requirements with a design endorsed by the University Trustees.

Learning Objectives:

Demonstrate how “flexible” design intent can allow for the design to be informed by the design-assist process

Understand the advantages and opportunities of pre-cast cladding developed through design-assist

Articulate how an integrated team can respond to schedule and cost challenges successfully

Understand the roles and contributions of different team members during a design-assist process


AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU

Education Tracks: Project Delivery

Event Type: Workshops > Session