Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.

Morgan State University Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies



Thornton Tomasetti provided BIM modeling and facade engineering services for a new 124,800-square-foot, four-story classroom facility that accommodates the university’s growing architecture and engineering departments. The building includes 6,800 square feet of research space, 3,700 square feet of classrooms, 32,000 square feet of laboratory areas, and 14,700 square feet of office space.

The scope of work included the integration of all façade and building skin systems into a single BIM model utilizing Tekla software. The exterior cladding of the facility is composed of a combination of lower-level storefront and upper-level curtain wall with integrated metal panels, louvers, sun shades and operable panels.

Thornton Tomasetti also modeled all of the concrete used in the building including the parametric modeling of all reinforcing bar, wire mesh and other components cast into the concrete. The BIM model was used in the field by the construction manager to ensure that the architect’s design intent is conveyed by all subcontractors.

The structure is designed to meet LEED Gold certification and employs sustainable technologies including daylight harvesting and green roof systems.

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