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The Ohio State University Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Chemistry Building (CBEC)

The new, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building (CBEC) includes laboratory space with the proper, floor-to-floor height, structural dimensions, and environmental stability to support intensive research. The building adopted the sustainable design practices by Labs 21 in addition to being certified LEED Silver.

The new facility includes a transparent curtainwall system including a 140-foot insulated “wave wall”, which required hundreds of irregularly shaped glass units to be prefabricated. Gilbane worked closely with the design team to implement a detailed BIM Execution Plan and lean construction techniques to foster collaboration and carry this unique vision of the design team through to construction. Gilbane also provided transition planning & management services which included a move timeline and vendor support requirements for the specialty equipment and department relocations.

Architects involved in the project include: Pelli Clarke Pelli / Stantec.


Value Management Yields Significant Savings

Gilbane initiated and incorporated more than $2 million in savings to the project. The most significant value added proposal was developing a strategy to tie the building’s cooling system into the campuses existing chilled water infrastructure during construction, as opposed to utilizing temporary chillers. This was necessary to provide temporary conditioned air while the campus’s new chilled water plant was under construction. This idea alone saved the project more than $700,000 and provided OSU with a permanent secondary means of chilled water for the life of the building.