One of the firm’s first BIM projects was the $12.5 million renovation of the Klau Library at Ohio’s Hebrew Union College. The library is home to the second largest Hebraic text collection outside of Jerusalem and includes a vast collection of rare books, some over 1000 years old. The project entailed the renovation of an existing five-story library and the construction of a new addition that includes stacks and a viewing area for the rare books, as well as conference and office spaces.
All the new mechanical systems needed to fit within the existing structure of the old library and tie into the existing steam plant. The project team—including the architect, structural engineer, KLH, and the construction manager—used an integrated project delivery approach. With Autodesk BIM solutions, they coordinated their designs, expedited the construction schedule, and returned the collection back to its permanent location quickly.
To protect its rare books, the library building requires precise humidity and temperature control. KLH used the intelligent information in the Revit MEP model to conduct energy analysis and develop an optimal design. The design satisfied the book preservation needs as well as the client’s requirement for energy efficiency—a geothermal mechanical system that helps reduce energy and operating costs by an estimated 40%.
KLH uses Advanced Solutions, Inc. (ASI), in Cincinnati, Ohio, as its reseller.