CTC – Collaboration with Architects, Designers and Contractors

CTC successfully executes highly complex projects in part because of its unique ability to collaborate with the triangle of architects, designers, and contractors. Such collaborations cover all phases of the project from design through installation. Because CTC's principals have a design background, tasteful solutions materialize that are feasible in both constructability and cost.

Working with Architect's Data

Architects use an array of modeling software packages. Contractors and manufacturers aren't always able to manage these data models, particularly if there is a complex geometry involved. While capturing the data from one software package and translating it to another, miscommunication and inconsistencies creep in that can compromise the design quality. The CTC team is able to effectively handle the data translation and bridge this gap.

The CTC team is able to take architect's data, translate and refine it – all while working closely with both architects and designers. This helps not only in keeping architect's design vision intact, but also in making the design feasible to implement without surprises that delay the project.

One example of how we effectively collaborate is the successful design rationalization and prototyping executed in the Broad Museum project. The project's vision was for a load bearing external veil with a honeycomb-like monolithic precast structure that would allow significant daylight while eliminating any visible supports inside the building. The project required creating monolithic 10'x20' panels with complex geometries, each of which would weigh approximately 15,000 lbs. The entire structure was held together by running post tension cables through precise ducting inside these panels. Every panel had to fit exactly in place with a tolerance of +/- 3 mm. This required intensive refinement and validation of the data files released by Gehry Technologies.

The ability of CTC's team to work closely with the triangle of architects, designers and contractors makes projects like this possible.

CTC - A to Z Coordination

The CTC team is able to act as an information hub, coordinating a project's execution that also includes installation support.

For example, the CTC team provided a turnkey solution for the Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art (LACMA), designed by Renzo Piano. The initial phase of the design rationalization process incorporated Revit data from ACCO (the HVAC manufacturer), conceptual renderings from Renzo Piano, and a 2D Auto CAD building Construction Document (CD) from Matt Construction (general contractor). The team incorporated the vision from all of these parties and rationalized the design that also successfully factored in the constraints of the installation site.

Using CATIA Software, CTC executed 3D modeling of the air conditioning ducts with specific Class "A" automotive-type surface development. This approach allowed CTC to incorporate the highly refined design within the limits of FRP material. The 3D model also included requirements for clearances of hardware, the architect's overall design intent of the building (to which the sculptural enclosing interfaced), and requirements from the construction company that set the cement foundation.

CTC's engineering team took in all the data and modeled the entire structure built using steel and FRP. We collaborated closely with Renzo Piano's team while developing the models and supporting the project all the way up to the final installation.

Design Rationalization

The CTC team is able to combine its experience working with a range of materials and different technologies to formulate a design rationalization which give way to the optimal physical form of the design vision. The team is able to guide the architects in selecting the right materials and choose a process that makes the design feasible. Our team is able to breakdown any design and recommend value engineered options during the "rationalization" phase. With in-house fabrication capabilities, the CTC team is able to create prototypes that validate the engineering and design in an efficient way.