Project Summary AIA TAP Building Information Modeling Competition University of South Carolina Living/Learning Center Project Type: Living/Learning Center (residence complex with academic teaching space) Location: Columbia, SC Client: University of South Carolina Date of Completion: August 2004 Size: 180,000 sf Lead Design Ofﬁce: Little Diversiﬁed Architectural Consulting Lead Construction Firm: n/a Design Phase Collaborators: The Boudreaux Group Construction Phase Collaborators: n/a Project Team: Ken Gallaugher, Principal in Charge Jim Gleeson, LEED® Accredited Professional Chad Lukenbaugh, Digital Imaging Submitter’s Contact Information: Katie Fisher, Little Diversiﬁed Architectural Consulting 5815 Westpark Dr. Charlotte, NC 28217 (p) 704.561.3480 (f) 704.561.8700 kﬁsher@littleonline.com Project Description AIA TAP Building Information Modeling Competition University of South Carolina Living/Learning Center State universities are often faced with budgetary and time limitations that dictate the types of buildings they can construct. The University of South Carolina selected Little Diversiﬁed Architectural Consulting (Little) and The Boudreaux Group to help them design a LEED® certiﬁed, sustainable 500 student Living/Learning Center within the same schedule and time frame as a non-sustainable project. Using a combination of Revit 3D software and traditional architectural software known as AutoCad and Accurender, designers selected the best site and orientation to maximize solar access for balanced natural lighting and energy conservation. The complex, which is partially underground, offers housing, assembly space, classrooms and ofﬁces. A turf roof helps absorb rainwater and becomes an integral part of the existing campus landscape. Revit was used for interior daylighting design and to capitalize on exterior bouncelight between buildings, and was a fundamental support component in the pursuit of a gold LEED® rating for the facility. The building will use 33% less energy, 20% less water and has minimal storm water run off. Reductions in energy use will save the university hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next ten years. Project Description AIA TAP Building Information Modeling Competition University of South Carolina Living/Learning Center As a result of this project, the university has been able to develop a campus wide mandate for LEED® certiﬁed sustainable design. In addition, partially due to the inclusion of fuel cell technology in the project, the university was granted the designation of Natural Center for Fuel Cell Research by the Federal Government. The Living/Learning Center has proven to be an effective means by which to educate others about sustainable buildings. The process has helped the university, students, faculty and staff who participated in the project understand that, through a holistic, consumer based process, previously impossible results can be achieved. This technology has met the performance requirements of the University of South Carolina and achieved the goal of full compliance with high performance building ratings. BIM made possible the design of upscale student accommodations with minimal impact on the environment.