Mock up for Building 7 at Rock Creek
People walking around the construction fencing at Rock Creek Campus may have spotted a “mini-Building 7″ on the south side of the site.
Earlier this year, Fortis Construction, with help from PCC students, built a construction mock up of Building 7 to provide the architect (OPSIS architecture), the contractor and the college to see a full-scale representation of the materials that will be used on the project. In this case, it was the brick and metal panels intended to match the other buildings on the Rock Creek campus.
This mock up also includes a section of the glass feature wall with a basket-weave pattern of applied graphics (called a frit pattern) and glass units where paint has been applied to the back surface of the unit (called a spandrel panel). All of these elements will be part of the new Building 7 addition.
Mock ups are also intended to demonstrate the constructability of the architectural details and to assist the contractor in understanding potential problem areas where various subcontractor trades (the mason, the framer the glazier) are working in close proximity to each other.