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Project Summary Framingham State University (Framingham) offers undergraduate and graduate programs on a traditional New England campus just 20 miles outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Well regarded for its academic programs, the university is a popular choice for students seeking a quality public education. To accommodate increasing enrollment, Framingham decided to build North Hall, a new 125,000-square-foot, 410-bed residence hall. The university had three key construction goals: open on time, stay on budget, and minimize disruption to campus activities during construction. Framingham turned to Consigli Construction Co., Inc. (Consigli) to deliver the project using a "construction manager at risk" mode of project delivery. The firm relied on Autodesk ® Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions, including Autodesk ® Revit ® Architecture and Autodesk ® Navisworks ® Manage software, to help them meet the university's objectives. Consigli also used solutions from Autodesk ® BIM 360™ Field to take the advantages of BIM into the field. "BIM allows us to plan everything using intelligent models," says Howard Hobbs, a project manager with Consigli. "I cannot praise the benefits of working from models enough. BIM allowed us to anticipate, plan, and coordinate every aspect of the project in advance." The Challenge As construction manager at risk, Consigli committed to complete the project within budget and on schedule. The firm needed to proactively track how the design impacted the budget, and help the design team make materials choices that would not add excess cost or introduce constructability concerns. Given that Framingham had based some admissions decisions on the assumption the new hall would open on time, the schedule was even more important to the overall success of the project than budget. "The stakes were high on this project," says Hobbs. "With enrollment booming, the clock was ticking to have the 410 beds in the new building available for the fall 2011 semester. The project required extensive coordination of the MEP and structural systems. We saw the BIM process helping us to advance the project on schedule while preventing the kinds of issues that can slow work in the field." The North Hall is conveniently located near existing facilities on Framingham's campus. While its location will be an asset over the life of the building, the site presented construction challenges. Consigli had to make sure the building process would not inconvenience students, faculty, or nearby residents. Time for school. Consigli Construction Co., Inc. uses Autodesk BIM solutions to help deliver a new residence hall on time and under budget. Consigli Construction Co., Inc. Customer Success Story Autodesk ® Revit ® Architecture Autodesk ® Navisworks ® Manage Autodesk ® BIM 360™ Field The BIM process contributed immense value. We completed the project on schedule and half a percent under budget. BIM helped make that possible by preventing delays and costly issues. —Howard Hobbs Project Manager Consigli Construction Co., Inc. Image courtesy of Consigli

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