Grafton Student Hall
Student Accomodation for Auckland University
Client: Auckland University
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Year: Completion 2019
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The new Grafton Student Accommodation buildings designed by Architectus for the University of Auckland will house 320 students when its opens it doors in 2019.
The simple dormitory style rooms are spread over three buildings, up to 5 stories high.
Nestled between a centrally located residential area, the buildings step with the natural contours to keep within the tight height restrictions. The larger two buildings are linked by a multipurpose dining hall.
The construction package was detailed in Revit with a complex BIM model fully integrated with the various consultants.
Due to the repetitive nature of the building, various BIM techniques were exploited and developed in order to manage the drawing package.
Dynamo scripts and schedules were useful in managing the drawing package, room data and items such as windows and doors.
Extensive parametric families were used throughout controlled using shared parameters.
While the brief outlined a relatively conservative project, the BIM aspects behind the project set future company standards.
I was involved in the project team from early concept design through to detailed design and early construction. Along with the typical design, development and documentation aspects of the job, a key role of mine was to manage the BIM model for the architectural team and external consultants. I managed model exchanges and issued drawing packages.