Realising Expo 2020
20 November 2016
A falcon in flight is the inspiration behind the winning design by the legendary Santiago Calatrava for the UAE pavilion. Grimshaw's Sustainability Pavilion draws inspiration from complex natural processes like photosynthesis, with a dynamic form that is in service of its function to capture energy from sunlight and fresh water from humid air. Foster + Partners's design for the Mobility Pavilion aims to break new ground in structural form and construction engineering with a structure that aims to defy gravity. With iconic design comes construction and engineering complexity that increases schedule, cost and constructability risks. This piece examines some key considerations when realising such projects:
Multi-layered, highly fast-tracked schedules create complex interfaces and dependencies with enormous frequency and scope. Being adequately prepared for this complexity, being able to navigate the risks and capitalise on the opportunities requires substantial front end loading of project management resources.
Distinguishing and planning for which elements of the design the Contractor will detail and elaborate is critical to optimising the programme, design fees and ensuring constructability.
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The early input of an experienced local design consultant ensures seamless integration of local design and permitting requirements which ultimately reduces the risk of abortive work.
Stringent brief development and MoSCoW prioritisation will pay dividends when the project team is faced with unpalatable value engineering. There is no magic formula - either volumetric or quality compromises will likely need to be made against a backdrop of preserving the design intent.
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