Challenges and Lessons Learned in the Renovation of Historic Landmarks: A Study on an Iconic Cathedral

Naveen D'Souza, Semiha Ergan, Ron Pennella

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Abstract

Renovation projects play a critical role in upgrading the existing infrastructure and preserving the historical landmarks. Major challenges in the current renovation projects include lack of up-to-date facility geometric information and seamless integration of the proposed renovation with the existing parts of facilities, and the unforgiving requirement/ imperative to integrate technology upgrades without disturbing the historical fabric of the landmark. Availability of updated geometric information is important since it reflects the as-is geometric and spatial information. Building information modelling (BIM) and laser scanning have been used to overcome these challenges within the current practice. However, further process improvements, a working understanding of historical construction methodologies and a hands on investigation are required in these two technologies to establish repeatable processes as best practices for future projects. Challenges in using these technologies in the current practice have been analyzed in an iconic landmark renovation project. The case study was done on one of the largest gothic style cathedrals in North America which is currently undergoing a mechanical system renovation. The research team was involved in the mapping of the existing facilities, aligning the proposed systems with the existing systems and overcoming the spatial conflicts while implementing the proposed renovation. This paper highlights the challenges faced by the construction team as they worked on the ongoing renovation and the lessons learned from modelling and laser scanning of a legacy facility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2016
Subtitle of host publicationOld and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016
EditorsJose L. Perdomo-Rivera, Carla Lopez del Puerto, Antonio Gonzalez-Quevedo, Francisco Maldonado-Fortunet, Omar I. Molina-Bas
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages2271-2280
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479827
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
EventConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: May 31 2016Jun 2 2016

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016

Other

OtherConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016
CountryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan
Period5/31/166/2/16

Keywords

  • Building information modeling
  • Case study.
  • Laser scanning
  • Renovation
  • Spatial conflicts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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