Crossroads School provides a unique K-12 program built on a progressive, developmental model of education. Crossroads was founded in 1971 by Paul Cummins, along with a small group of teachers and parents, who wanted to provide a new approach to learning in a nonprofit, coeducational college preparatory day school.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) was used on the Crossroads School Science Building, which is a cast-in-place concrete-framed structure with laboratory-heavy mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. The Science Building houses laboratory style classrooms with teacher preparatory rooms and a dedicated fume hood room. The cast-in place concrete elements – slabs, columns, shear walls, and decks – of the building remained exposed, which made coordination of utility penetrations and mounting to these structural concrete elements more critical aesthetically. Also, due to the specialty plumbing systems such as acid waste, compressed air, and vacuum, and specialty mechanical and electrical systems associated with the fume hoods, these additional systems made BIM more of a necessity to ensure a smooth installation.