Education Hub, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

  • Client: National University of Ireland MaynoothNational University of Ireland MaynoothNational University of Ireland Maynooth
  • Architect: Scott Tallon Walker
  • Value(€ million): €10m
  • Completion date: 2016
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural

The new Education Hub building for National University of Ireland Maynooth measures approximately 4,300m2 of new build floor space, which is distributed over four storeys. The new facility provides accommodation for the Departments of Education, Adult & Community Education and The Centre of Teaching & Learning.

The design features two individual wings of the building, constructed in as a reinforced concrete frame. Joining these two wings is a central a lightwell atrium with feature lift shaft, with glazing structural steel spanning 4 storeys.

The building was analyzed utilizing a 3D modeling package to ensure efficient design and increased co-ordination of the structural elements. The project was draughted utilizing Revit and BIM. By analysing the building using a 3D model it allowed for seamless integration between the analysis and the Revit model. By linking both the analysis and Revit it reduced response time to assess and incorporate design changes into the structure. It further ensures that the structure is fully coordinated which will invariable reduce if not eliminate issues arising on site at construction stage.

In addition to coordinating the structure the BIM approach was invaluable in coordinating the plant room services routes and structural framing. This ensured there were no clashes between the structural steel frames due to the complicated service routes at roof level which would be difficult to ensure otherwise.

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