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Liberty University's School of Music Named Project of the Year, Featured in SEAA Publication

Liberty University's School of Music Named Project of the Year, Featured in SEAA Publication

The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) recently featured winners of its annual Project of the Year competition in the Winter 2017 issue of Connector. Selected by an independent panel of judges, projects are recognized for their complexity, and companies are awarded the Project of the Year for overcoming challenges while maintaining safe work standards. Four steel erectors were recognized at SEAA’s 43rd Annual National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, for jobs that were topped out in 2015.

Liberty University’s School of Music — detailed by Virtual Steel Technologies, Inc. of Virginia Beach, Virginia — was the winner for the Class III Erection Contract over $1 million to $2.5 million category.

The 144,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art structure is part of Liberty's $500 million campus rebuilding project. The building will feature a 1,600-seat fine arts auditorium; 50 practice rooms; 40 teaching studios and piano, songwriting, and music computer labs; as well as two student recital halls/classrooms.

The center features complex geometry throughout, especially around the rotunda, with a complex radial truss roof system to support a conically shaped standing seam roof. Other notable project features include hung catwalk and lighting systems; the orchestra pit, choir seating and theater seating — constructed of concrete steel form work — were all modeled and completed in SDS/2.

The fully BIM compliant project included full model exchange between the detailer, architect (VMDO Architects) and engineer (Fox & Associates). Drones and helmet cams were used to facilitate the erection process, which was critical when a technical eye was required to review field conditions.

To read more about this project in SEAA's Connector, click here.