Penn State Harrisburg

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Project Background

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

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 project achieved Penn State’s goal for a new facility that integrates environmentally responsible design strategies to achieve a low-energy sustainable laboratory building. The building is LEED Silver certified and received the U.S. Green Building Council of Central Pennsylvania’s 2015 Adaptive Reuse Project of the Year award.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology was used heavily during the design phase of this project. Reynolds 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, this and other 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: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Square Feet: 51,500 new construction, 3,652 renovations
Construction Cost: $15.75 million

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