Turbine components for large engines demand a high level of detail and precision. Burns & McDonnell provided multi-disciplined design services for the Rolls-Royce Advanced Aerofoil Machining Facility, a 98,981-square-foot facility that manufactures engine components identical to those the company manufactures in the United Kingdom. Completed in 12 months, the facility includes 72,111 square feet of production hall and support space, 12,600 square feet of office space, and a 14,270-square-foot mezzanine for mechanical and electrical equipment. A fully integrated building information model (BIM) was used from concept design through completion, expediting the planning and placement of equipment and utilities. The facility is constructed to LEED Silver standards and earned a 2014 National Award of Merit from the Design-Build Institute of America.
- Engineering design
- BIM and 3-D modeling
- Construction-phase services
On-time delivery was essential for the international aerospace manufacturer. The lengthy material procurement process challenged the project schedule, along with reconciling process and utility requirements that differed from overseas operations.
The BIM and weekly walkthroughs of each area in owner design meetings allowed the client to visualize and share information with suppliers. Video walkthroughs for each package focused on the utility routings to avoid equipment conflicts and impacts on workflow. Burns & McDonnell also produced equipment models using equipment vendor submittals and designed the final utility distribution to each piece of equipment in the main production hall using 3-D models of actual equipment and connection points.