All this is possible thanks to BIM technology, allowing for coordination of steel with over nine other suppliers including a heliport designer and glass rail providers. The ability of Tekla Structures to import reference models from other trades has contributed highly to everyone involved in the project, who could visualize all problematic hotspots in order to eliminate any difficulties in the shop or at the worksite. Thanks to BIM technology, we were able to directly import the innovative SidePlate System Design into the 3-D Tekla model used by our steel detailers. The SidePlate Structural Design optimization incorporates a laboratory- and field-tested steel frame connection technology that performs better than conventional or others’ proprietary connections.

One of the many challenges on the project were the enormous lateral and seismic influences. This prompted for incorporation of CoreBrace Technology, which specializes in BRBs (Buckling-Restrained Braces) able to withstand cyclical lateral loadings. BRBs are a modern approach to brace design, which involves combining a slender steel core, a concrete casing for continuous core support and prevention from buckling under axial compression, and an interface region, which acts as a buffer between the two.

It is thanks to factors like this – practical modern design, BIM coordination, positive teamwork, cutting-edge technology solutions and diligent work, Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavillion will truly become a landmark in Charleston.