PS&S is the A/E-of-Record for this design-build project, an 11,000 square foot Information Services Facility Expansion (ISFE) at Fort Detrick, Maryland. This building will be located adjacent to the existing facility for information management/information technology mission and will include customer service areas, administration space and IM/IT workrooms.
PS&S was called upon to take the schematic design bridging documents provided by the New York USACE and to improve the current design through creativity, innovation, and cost-saving detailing.
The schematic design was poorly sited on the project site. The schematic design building floor plans were poorly organized as this was the first sound studio of this type to be constructed. The building was to be designed to meet USGBC LEED 2.2 Silver Certification.
THE PS&S SOLUTION
Using our advanced skills in BIM technology, PS&S formed an integrated architectural/engineering design team that produced a 3-D model which included all of the major elements of the project, running clash detection software on the model to eliminate conflicts in the drawings. Our process began early with the entire design and construction team meeting to deconstruct the project to evaluate best design and construction details for this ISFE facility. The design team used the existing planning documents as a base and refined the design to meet IDG design guidelines. The design was thoroughly reviewed to confirm all program, adjacency and space requirements were met. The PS&S Team designed continuously to the budget, and avoided major re-work to the drawings.