BYU LAUNDRY, MAINTENANCE & EMERGENCY SERVICES
Project Confirmation Number: 2220
Entry Category Commercial:
Institutional: Schools, Churches, and Transportation Facilities
900 E 1700 North
Provo, UT USA 84601
Brief description of the project:
The BYU Laundry, Maintenance and Emergency Services building is approximately 81,829 square feet. The building’s envelope is reinforced concrete block structural walls with brick veneer and architectural precast concrete.
Size of Building:
Amount of Masonry Used (include all types and number of units):
8 in CMU- 31,500 units
12 in CMU- 19,500 units
Norman Brick- 42,100 units
Modular Brick- 208,000 units
Linear Feet Precast- 3,300 linear ft
Project completion date: June 2015
Explain the project and its unique use of masonry materials and techniques:
For this project, masonry was only material considered by the Owner in order to maintain the contextual continuity within the University campus. In addition to ensuring aesthetic continuity, the use of masonry provided many other benefits from the Owner’s perspective. Masonry provides a building envelope that is durable and able to stand the test of time and offers lower life-cycle maintenance cost and increased energy efficiency. The brick masonry veneer acted as a rain-screen to protect continuous insulation that was placed outside of a concrete masonry structure and assists in the energy efficiency of the building.
One special feature of the masonry in this project is the concealed lintel systems used for all fenestration openings. Also, the detailing of the wall entablature required use of this same technology to span and support the brick masonry veneer at the top of wall condition. With regards to the project budget a concealed lintel system is a premium over other methods of construction. However, over time, there is a significant benefit to the Owner by eliminating the need to maintain exposed steel on the building exterior.
One very pertinent issue with the project was the compressed construction schedule. Extensive coordination with the Mason was required to complete the project on time. Which, for this project, was a specific date with no option to push the date out. The mason contractor worked 6 days week in order to meet the compressed construction schedule. The tight site layout posed an additional challenge for the mason. The digging of trenches throughout the site in many cases limited the crews’ access and made already challenging situation even more difficult. But through effective communication, cooperation & coordination, the mason was able to meet the project on schedule.
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