The Applied Technology and Innovation Center is located on the campus of the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho. The 39,000sf single story building was designed to house the College’s expanding HVAC, Environmental Technology, Wind Energy, and Machine Technology programs complete with classrooms, hands-on labs, and administrative support spaces. To increase the building’s future flexibility and a desire for large open spaces, steel columns, beams, open-web joists, and concentric braced frames were used with light gage non-bearing exterior steel studs. Additional provisions were also made for a two-story mechanical space with viewing windows and a two-story climbing tower to practice wind turbine rescue and assembly techniques.
The use of BIM (LOD 350) allows our entire project team to streamline the design and document workflows that will ultimately result in a more functional building. By implementing these techniques in the design phase, unnecessary rework can be eliminated during construction. This design process helps control the cost and schedule of the project, with opening communication lines and introducing a more collaborative environment.