Boston University, Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering

Boston, MA

Completion

2017

Awards

2019 Honor Awards for Design Excellence, Honor Award, Boston Society for Architecture
2018 Building Projects/New Construction Award, Greater than $100 Million, Construction Management Association of America, New England Chapter
Boston University, Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering
Boston University, Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering
Boston University, Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering

In this 170,000 sq ft building on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University gives a more prominent location to its life sciences and engineering disciplines. The nine-story research facility offers flexible space to support changing needs and promote collaboration. With its contemporary facade, the exterior aesthetics reflect on the innovative work happening within. SGH consulted on the facade design.

Scope | Solutions

SGH assisted with the design of the various facade systems, including the unitized glass/metal curtain wall system with integral fiber cement fins and shadow boxes; field-constructed, open-joint rainscreen systems; and the glass entrance system. Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Reviewed the proposed design and recommended ways to achieve the desired performance

  • Helped select materials for the various facade systems and vetted systems through a design assist award process

  • Assisted in developing details for the curtain wall’s fiber cement fins through the design-assist process

  • Reviewed others’ computer simulations on certain wall systems to evaluate the risk of condensation and moisture accumulation

  • Prepared technical language for project specifications to address desired waterproofing, thermal, and condensation performance, as well as construction mockup requirements

  • Visited an off-site testing facility to observe construction and testing of full-scale, facade mockups for compliance with the project intent, performance requirements, and approved shop drawings

  • Provided construction phase services, including reviewing shop drawings, design-assist documents, and submittals; visiting the site to observe ongoing construction; tracking open items through our field reports and the contractor’s BIM 360 website; and conducting air/water infiltration testing to evaluate as-built curtain wall and opaque wall assemblies’ performance and options for waterproofing facade panel attachments

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