Germantown Academy New Upper and Middle School

October 30, 2011
Publication: Structural Engineer
Author(s): Charlotte Bouvier Ober, Jamie

Abstract: A building information modeling case study.

The project is a 140,000-square-foot new learning environment at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Penn. The school is designed as two structurally independent building wings linked by an outdoor common and the new academic heart of the campus: a central library and technology space. The building layout maximizes daylighting and campus views for the classrooms and creates outdoor courtyard spaces that connect the science classrooms to the landscape.

The vision of integration came from the client's desire to combine technology and science. This drove the project's sustainable approach and can be seen in many of the design features, including the green roof, solar shading, and rain water collection. The project is slated to be certified LEED for Schools Gold. The vision of integration also played a role in the decision to use BIM.

Services: Structural Design