Penn State Educational Activities Building

Project Background

The Pennsylvania State University hired Reynolds for preconstruction and construction management at-risk services for their addition and renovations project at the Educational Activities Building on their Harrisburg campus.

Designed by the firm of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the project includes construction of a 51,500-square-foot addition, which connects to the existing two-story building that was renovated. The project provides space for civil, mechanical and electrical engineering labs; support offices; general purpose classrooms; black box performing arts area; and large group instruction classrooms. The building has been designed to achieve LEED Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC.)

Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology was used heavily during the design phase of this project. We worked closely with design partners to see that their BIM information was complete and used it in the creation of our estimates and constructability reviews.

During construction, cloud-based technology was used via iPad by our field superintendent to assure construction conformance to the contract documents.

Elements of integrated project delivery (IPD) were applied through team-building exercises. All contractors occupied one, co-located field office where a large table and big screen TV enhanced a collaborative environment.

Project Specs

Solutions: Construction
Architect: Bolin Cywinski Jackson
Square Feet: 51,500 new construction, 3,652 renovations
Construction Cost: $15.75 million

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