Prudential Tower

Client: Cives Steel Company - Northern
Capex: $44 Million USD
Location: Newark, New Jersey
Completion Date: 2014

The Prudential Tower is a 9,180 tonne office building, built to hold more than 3,000 employees. The structure consists of two 20 storey high-rise towers which are joined by vertical atrium and of a parking garage structure.

Scope of Work: This project’s scope of work consists of 3D modeling/detailing and providing shop drawings using Tekla structure software of the towers and parking garage which includes structural columns, beams, trusses, vertical braces, elevator beams and elevator support posts including the connections to steels.

DBM Vircon also supplied BIM and Electronic deliverables which includes Tekla structure model database, 3D DWG/DXF Web Viewers and IFC files to the Client on a weekly basis. These model files were uploaded in the FTP and in PDC Vision System and notify the Client through email of the Weekly Status Report and Outstanding Issues.

DBM Vircon provided client access to our Vision System to provide information to all project’s RFI/CDQ’s, Change Orders, Submittal Dates and Modelling/Detailing Status.

Our team also participated in the Weekly Curtain Wall Coordination meeting with the General Contractor, Curtain Wall Manufacturer, Deck Supplier, EOR and Fabricator (Cives) via the internet.

Highlights & Challenges: This project has experienced many challenges due to massive design changes and delay in connection information resulting in 319 RFI’s and 396 Connection Design queries to date.

DBM Vircon identified the challenge due to the curtain wall connection complexity and interferences with the steel structure. As a result our team attended weekly coordination meeting with the General Contractor, Curtain Wall Contractor, Deck Supplier and Fabricator (Cives) via Web Conference which continued for over 3 months. These coordination meetings proved successful allowing quick resolution to all the issues with the Steel structure and the curtain wall connections.

DBM Vircon continued to receive design changes during the erection phase and worked with the client to manage them alongside the fabricator.