San Diego Central Library in Calif. Aaron Beebe / Thornton Tomasetti.
The City of San Diego’s new central library will serve as the center of its 35-branch library system. Thornton Tomasetti was retained by the curtain wall contractor, during the construction phase, to provide façade engineering building information modeling consulting services for the nine-story, 440,000-square-foot public library. The facility houses a 350-seat auditorium, a 400-seat multipurpose room and a charter school servicing 400 students. The structure features an expressive domed roof and various forms of aluminum-framed curtain walls and windows.
Thornton Tomasetti provided independent BIM services in accordance with the general contractor’s clash detection requirements. The importance of this work related primarily to the façade’s geometric complexity and the coordination of trades. Using Revit, Thornton Tomasetti created building information models from the contractor’s shop drawings that were then used for clash detection within the context of other project models.
The library is seeking LEED Silver certification.
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