Eolas Building, NUIM, Maynooth (Third level)

  • Client: NUIM
  • Architect: Coady Partnership Architects
  • Value(€ million): €14m
  • Completion date: 2015
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural

The new Eolas building for National University of Ireland Maynooth measures approximately 8,000m2 of new build floor space, which is distributed over four storeys. The new facility provides accommodation for the Computer Centre, Computer Science, the Callan Institute, the Hamilton Institute, the Business Incubation Centre and the Innovation Value Institute. The new building will also link to the existing Bio-Sciences and Electronic Engineering building at second floor level.

The design features are a large two storey south facing steel structure overhang which addresses the plaza area, and a first floor mezzanine partly suspended from the second floor. The overall deflections and frequency of these elements and stability of were analyzed using a 3D model of the building.

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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