University of Rochester-Ophthalmology Department
The ChallengesUnique Design with a Varying materials
- This design called for Glass, Aluminum, Granite, Plastic Laminate, Steel and Wood. All of these materials have unique properties and characteristics that must be accounted for when engineering such a design to ensure longevity.
- The timeframe for our participation in this project, from submittal to completion was less than optimal.
- Our work had to flow seamlessly with other trades, and artists to be successful.
- Delays in necessary materials threatened the project deadline
- This reception desk was completely engineered in 3D AutoCAD utilizing Microvellum for our first submittal. Working out all of the engineering challenges of this desk upfront allowed us to save time in production and onsite. This ensured that we would build it as drawn, giving the architect a true representation of their design coming to life.
- A steel support Structure was engineered to provide support for the Glass Art Display. This area has a span of 5 feet, and the display and granite weighs several hundred pounds. Stiffness of this support structure was crucial, as any deflection could cause the granite to crack.
- Steady communication with the architect, over the phone and electronically, shaved precious time off of a submittal process that could have taken much longer. We are fully prepared to submit drawings electronically DWF or PDF formats. In this case, the architect revised our drawings and sent them back electronically saving even more time. We strive for a partnership in the project through bringing their concepts to reality.
- In production we came up with an innovative, proprietary process for manufacturing the curved veneered panels on the front of this desk. This process alone saved us hours over traditional methods.
- Careful coordination with other trades ensured that everything went as planned.
- Flexibility in hours worked and sequence of events allowed us to overcome material delays that threatened the project deadline.
- Quality craftsmanship allowed us to scribe the desk around the existing circular column, integrating it seamlessly into the design.