Eolas Building
National University of Ireland Maynooth

Co. Kildare​

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Project Details

Client: NUI Maynooth

Architect: Coady Partnership Architects

Value: €16.0M

Services Provided: C&S Engineering Services

Category: Education

Project Duration: 2011 – 2015

Project Description

The Eolas Building (Information & Communications Technology {ICT} Hub) for the National University of Ireland Maynooth measures approximately 8,000m2 of new build floor space, distributed over four storeys. The building boasts a large two-storey south-facing steel structural overhangs the main plaza area, with a first floor mezzanine partly suspended from the second floor.

The structure was designed and collaborated through 3D analysis and BIM (Building Information Modelling). Linking both the analysis and Revit models increased design efficiency and co-ordination of structural elements. This BIM approach was invaluable in coordinating plant room services routes and structural framing, ensuring there were no clashes between the structural steel frames due to the complicated service routes at roof level. Coordinating BIM with Revit not only reduced response time to assess and incorporate design changes into the structure, it mitigated against issues arising at construction stage, imperative on a live campus site where programme is critical.

The facility provides accommodation for the Computer Centre, Computer Science, the Callan Institute, the Hamilton Institute, the Business Incubation Centre and the Innovation Value Institute. Lecture, office and laboratory spaces allow for collaboration of multiple innovative and tech-led faculties. The new building links to the existing Bio-Sciences and Electronic Engineering building at second floor level.

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