Maximizing Value and
LEEDing the Project
Designated by the National Cancer Institute as one of 65 premier research organizations in the country, the 165,000sf University of Hawaii Cancer Center was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The facility includes wet labs, business and executive administration offices, and building amenity and support areas including seminar rooms, fitness center and a kitchen. Department served within the two building complex includes:
- natural products/carcinogenesis
- clinical science
- prevention and control
- Hawaii tumor registry
- Public relations
- Information technology
As part of our preconstruction services, we reviewed the design documents with all team entities for constructability and recommended design alternatives to the team to achieve cost savings. Our staff was an integral part of this effort and worked closely with the entire project team and the University to ensure all design and functionality goals were met.
Utilizing BIM the project team was able to resolve potential field issues prior to construction. Below are two examples:
- facade and MEPS clash detection—by analyzing the model, a significant conflict was discovered between underground HVAC piping and electric conduit, which would have translated into smaller corridors and lower ceiling heights inside the building. Using the 3D model, the team developed an alternate route for the piping that not only resolved the conflict, but also reduced the overall length of pipe needed, resulting in an overall cost savings to the project.
- site and underground work—conflicts that would have affected the structural integrity of the building, such as pouring concrete footings over grade beams, were realized. We worked with the design and engineering teams on structural changes and modifications to the underground package. With design documents only 75% complete, we were still able to pour the concrete four weeks ahead of schedule—and without impacting the structure.