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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.

				
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