USING REALITY CAPTURE TO
AVOID CONSTRUCTABILITY
ISSUES AND SCHEDULE DELAYS
AT WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY.

PROJECT NAME.

Chatsworth Hall Renovation

CUSTOMER.

Wayne State University

Gilbane Building Company

MARKET SECTOR.

Higher Education

SERVICES.

Reality Capture

Preconstruction Services

Building Information Modeling

Design-Assist Peer Review

Mechanical and Plumbing
Construction

THE CHALLENGE.

Initially built in 1928, Chatsworth Hall is a student housing residence hall in the heart of Detroit’s Wayne State University. In 2018, this architectural icon was approved to undergo a major facelift both internally and externally to better accommodate the student’s needs and the overall campus housing master plan.

  • The Owner requested that our team perform laser scanning.
  • The scans revealed that the structural elements within the building did not align from one floor to the next.
  • The mechanical and plumbing systems could not traverse the building vertically without adding offsets.
  • Hidden to the architect during their survey, which would not allow their floor plan to remain as shown on the drawings.

THE SOLUTION.

By utilizing laser scanning, our team detected major constructability issues early on in the project. This early identification allowed our team and the Engineer of Record to vet out the system issues instead of reacting to them as the field installed the plumbing and ductwork up to the point of collision and then forced them to stop working. If these issues went undetected, there would have been significant delays to the project schedule and an increase in the overall project budget. Through early involvement with the design team and deploying our laser scanning services, the owner’s project was completed on time and within budget.

"THE PROJECT’S SCHEDULE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MAINTAINED WITHOUT THE USE OF LASER SCANNING AND LIMBACH’S COLLABORATION WITH THE DESIGN TEAM."

ALAN HINDS

Gilbane Field Representative