Spanning two and a half years, the UVA Old Jordan Hall Renovation involved the complete overhaul and replacement of the 40-year-old mechanical and electrical systems while the seven-story medical research facility remained occupied and operational.

A few of the major project components included:

  • 11 new Air Handling Units (AHUs) delivering 300,000 CFM Supply Air through a new SA distribution infrastructure
  • New Steam System that delivers 60,000 pounds/hr steam through a new distribution system
  • 10 new Lab Exhaust Fans that provide 370,000 CFM of exhaust, along with an Energy Recovery System
  • New 2,000 KW Emergency Generator and new Emergency Electrical Distribution System
  • New 430 GPM Reheat System including all pumps, heat exchanges, and distribution

All of the new equipment tied in to the University's campus-wide systems control infrastructure which allowed remote monitoring and control of all new systems. DPR worked with the team during preconstruction to devise temporary connections and bypasses in order to provide seamless environmental conditions to stakeholders.

The DPR team utilized 3D and 4D BIM to plan project phasing and perform conflict analysis. BIM enabled the identification and resolution of five major conflicts before construction began. The team also devised a plan for structural improvements that did not impact research operations by performing the work from the shaft side of the beams and columns. This work led to the discovery of unknown asbestos fireproofing in the columns and lead paint that had to be mitigated. By utilizing BIM, the project team was able to complete the project under budget and ahead of schedule.

BIM Features

DPR was contracted early and worked with the A/E to clearly define design requirements, coordinate phasing, and develop value management ideas. The building's existing systems and ductwork had to be re-documented in 3D prior to construction for the project to succeed due to the age of the existing building. Once the construction contract was released, DPR took ownership of the BIM process and moved forward with 3D and 4D BIM implementation. As a result of the 4D model (which includes 3D BIM images of the facility with the project's schedule timeline), DPR recognized and solved several phasing order problems and multiple design conflicts. This preconstruction recognition and utilization of BIM allowed the project to be completed faster and with less rework.


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