At the intersection of academics, athletics and life.
At the University of Notre Dame, Barton Malow looked to reimagine what a modern college campus should look like. A new way to take in the game. A new way to learn. A new way to collaborate. The Campus Crossroads project is at the intersection of academics, athletics and student life.
In May of 2013, Barton Malow validated the original vision for the changes to Notre Dame Stadium and the areas adjacent to it: making it not just a place to take in the Fighting Irish, but a community destination committed to bringing people together in a myriad of ways. By blurring the lines between the stadium’s role and everyday campus life, Barton Malow and architects at S/L/A/M aimed to execute this massive 800,000-square-foot undertaking that required over 3,000,000 labor hours. At O’Neill Hall, Corbett Family Hall, the Duncan Student Center and Notre Dame stadium, Barton Malow and partners made their presence felt by transforming the campus into something truly unique.
A project lasting over three years in an active campus presented a number of challenges to the team. The jobsites needed to be flexible enough to ensure the football season was not impacted. That’s why Barton Malow used weekly meetings with the client and the rest of the project team to discuss planning, potential risks and more, ahead of each of game. With collaboration as the backbone to Campus Crossroads, the working as a design-builder was key in being able to facilitate and manager the project to budget.
In most projects of this size, once the design phase is established, the construction phase comes into play. However, at Campus Crossroads the two aspects were overlaid to create efficiencies that don’t normally exist under similar circumstances.
On the Cutting-Edge
With such a live construction space, it was crucial to address daily tasks, upcoming milestones, and most importantly, safety. Barton Malow did not want to approach the old-fashioned way, however. Technology served a vital role at Campus Crossroads to increase jobsite workflow. An automated document controls system made working together easier than ever. In addition, the team developed an Autodesk Navisworks® plug-in that provided a heat map to instantly identify top problem areas throughout the project. When coupled with safety technology Predictive Solutions, the project management team was able to identify risks ahead of time and ensure a jobsite that increased safety and value.