New technology drives an historic renovation.
Suffolk provided construction management services for the renovation of Suffolk University's Modern Theatre, a historic Boston building, which consisted of dismantling, cataloguing, cleaning, storing and reassembling the façade brick by brick. The site had buildings on three sides, requiring just-in-time delivery of materials.
To rebuild the historic façade, Suffolk leveraged Total Laser Scanning to obtain exact profiles of the stone in the university building’s façade and precisely locate the steel structure in place supporting it. The construction management team then loaded this data into a 3D model using Building Information Modeling (BIM), which enabled them to discover dimensional problems with the stone façade interacting with the steel. Before a single stone was removed, the project team was able to arrange for special off-site fabrication. The model helped our Boston team identify clashes where the steel was in conflict with the stone, allowing for a fabrication of the stone and steel infrastructure offsite to eliminate conflicts and allow the masons to install the stone smoothly and efficiently. The project was built by Suffolk's university construction management team in Boston, MA.
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