Vanderbilt University College Halls in Nashville, Tennessee. Courtesy Feinknopf Photography.

Vanderbilt University College Halls at Kissam



Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering services, including structural design, construction administration (CA), and contractor support services, for two new reinforced-concrete residence halls at Vanderbilt University that will house 330 upper-class students and master suites for visiting faculty members. The seven-story residence halls are built around the Kissam Center and two courtyards. The Kissam Center, a new two-story 30,000-square-foot structural steel and CMU shear-wall structure built atop a new belowground parking garage, is a shared facilities building that includes an auditorium, classrooms, dining facilities, and two great halls.

The project design team used Revit to produce a detailed 3D model for coordination between architecture, structure, and MEP designs. Revit was also used for all construction document production. The BIM model was given to the contractor for overhead MEP coordination and for reference in the field. The BIM model also helped in verifying the subcontractors’ material quantities during the bid review process. Revit and the use of web-based document transfer sites have made CA more efficient. All revisions provided for clarification changes to the original documents are done in Revit, and the contractor receives a new reissued construction document. This ensures that the contractor has the latest construction documents in the field at all times.

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