Location

Troy, NY

Completion Date

2008

Tonnage

2000

General Contractor

Turner Construction

Architect

Davis, Brody, Bond / Grimshaw and Partners

Engineer

Buro Happold

Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center,  - EMPAC - 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

EMPAC is a unique building, offering facilities that can be found nowhere else under a single roof. The building contains a wide and very flexible range of major venues, a 1,200-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theater, a 3,500-square-foot studio, and a 2,500-square foot studio-as well as suites for artists-in-residence, rehearsal spaces, and student and support facilities.

This Design Assist contract enabled the team to digitally resolve any potential conflicts in the construction process well in advance of onsite construction. Several steel pieces were moved and connections adapted during these clash detection sessions.