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This point in a construction project is my favorite

Guest Post: Brooke Ruesch

I love my job; I really do!

The people who make projects like the new Administration Building a reality truly impress me. The amount of effort, coordination and teamwork that is required by our design team and our contractors is incredibly inspiring. The plan that our team has worked so hard to develop is starting to take shape and progress is visible.

You will probably hear me say this a few times throughout the project, but this point in a construction project is my favorite! 

Are you interested in getting a glimpse into the coordination and processes that have gotten us to this point in construction? You may be surprised to discover that the extensive effort our design team goes through to coordinate multiple scopes of work is expanded upon by our contractor.  

Contractors take the design team’s building model, add in conditions such as existing utilities that have been discovered, plus data including building dimensions and utility routes from their subcontractors to identify and work through potential issues before they occur on the job site. This process, which uses Building Information Modeling technology, is called Clash Detection, an incredibly valuable tool that helps us check both completed and ongoing work to reduce the risk of human error.

I’ve included a couple of snapshots of what this could look like here:


The screenshots were taken during one of our Clash Detection meetings to show how we will coordinate the existing utilities, new utilities and new structure. Each utility has a unique color that helps us identify each line in the model. If a clash—aka conflict—is detected between any of these components, our team finds solutions to fix the problem before we begin the installation.

Also of interest are components of the building’s structure: 

  • 225 piers, each drilled at an average of 18 feet deep

  • 89 structural columns

  • 4,650 yards of concrete

  • 520 tons of rebar

Add to this list, the number of people—subcontractors, contract managers, design teams and other consultants—who have spent (and will spend) countless hours to make this building a reality, and you begin to understand the breadth of this exciting project.

Speaking on behalf of all of these hard-working individuals, we hope that this exceptional Administration Building will inspire you to thrive at your job; it is an honor to serve TCU.


Julia Ong