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Multipurpose Building – Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s (MAF) National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Disease (NCBID), Wellington, New Zealand by Stephenson&Turner
February 24th, 2011 by Susan Smith
Established in 1920, Stephenson&Turner (S&T) is a team-oriented, multidisciplinary architecture and engineering practice specializing in the creation of inspirational, environmentally sustainable solutions for clients in New Zealand, Australia, and other Asia-Pacific countries.
Architecture and Engineering: Stephenson&Turner (S&T)
Project: an award-winning multipurpose building at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s (MAF) National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Disease (NCBID)
Project Architect: Murray Robertson
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Software used: Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Revit MEP
Since adopting Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions, S&T has completed numerous projects, including an award-winning multipurpose building at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s (MAF) National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Disease (NCBID), located near Wellington, New Zealand. Designed to be the centerpiece of the NCBID campus, this one-story building consolidates all administrative and support functions in a single location, separating them from the facility’s laboratories. The completed building includes a formal reception area and administrative offices, as well as several meeting rooms and a cafeteria that staff can combine to form a large, multipurpose emergency response center.
To help ensure design effectiveness and environmental sustainability, S&T practices close collaboration among the disciplines from the earliest project stages—when design decisions have the greatest impact on sustainability and cost. That’s why the firm recently adopted a building information modeling (BIM) process supported by Autodesk Revit Architecture and Autodesk Revit MEP software.
“BIM is instrumental in helping the clients—who are often unaccustomed to interpreting 2D information—to visualize projects in 3D and actively participate in optimizing building layouts and finalizing designs,” says Murray Robertson, the project architect from S&T. “Using Revit Architecture we rearranged rooms virtually, which helped us make better decisions in design and minimize change orders during construction. That was very important.”
Equally important was the use of Revit MEP to adhere to a passive solar strategy that required maintaining artificial lighting levels at or below 400 lux.
S&T designed a mixed-mode building that used two separate mechanical systems to naturally ventilate the building. The first distributed air from an underground pipe network throughout half of the building; the second distributed it from above. “On that half, the building lacked an overhead slab, so we built a platform where we could stack the air handling units,” says Warwick. S&T designed the complex layers of overlapping duct work and create easy-to-understand 3D cut-away views for use in construction.
S&T exported information from the BIM model to a third-party analysis application. “Being able to export from Revit software to analysis applications helped us further analyze performance and optimize the design,” says Warwick.
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