Integration of BIM, LCM® and Timber Construction: Campus of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts on Suurstoffi Site wins Arc-Award

The new campus of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) on the Suurstoffi site not only boasts the tallest timber high-rise building in Switzerland, but the implementation of the project is also innovative. A groundbreaking online collaboration tool is being used in construction of the new building for the first time. It combines Building Information Modeling (BIM), Lean Construction (LCM®) and construction logistics. Zug Estates AG, developer of the site, received the Arc-Award for its use of the innovative platform.

The campus of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, which won an award in the BIM Innovation category, is part of the sustainable Suurstoffi district, currently under construction close to the Risch-Rotkreuz railway station. In addition to a concrete building, two of the three buildings on the campus have been designed using a timber-hybrid construction method. One of them, at 60 meters high, has become the tallest timber skyscraper in Switzerland. Drees & Sommer is using LCM® in the project to ensure a controlled construction progress and is relying on the integration of LCM®, BIM and construction logistics to meet the tight schedule. The award-winning combination of the lean model for construction processes and the digital planning method BIM improves planning reliability, transparency and construction quality.

Once digital, always digital

Digital methods flow through all planning and construction processes in the project, from early planning to implementation through the backflow of data into the 3D model. LCM® helps to schedule the processes exactly to the day. All project participants have access to a linked database in which all component-related information is collected, managed and kept up-to-date in one place. Benefits are derived from the fact that the real and virtual construction sites are interlinked even more closely. The current status on the construction site can be read directly off the model, such that project participants can react to obstacles at an early stage as part of monitoring. This is based on the linking of the BIM-based 3D model with a schedule created using LCM®.