AEI Student Design Competition

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 12, 2017

Resources

Requests For Information (RFI)

Students may submit Requests For Information (RFI) to obtain clarifications or resolve any ambiguities. RFIs and the answers from the competition Task Force will be posted on the competition website.

Questions? Submit your RFIs via email to aei@asce.org.

Questions and Answers

Q: For the University of Texas sports performance facility, will we have access to the University's central plant? If so, what is provided? If it is provided, are we allowed to design alternative options?
A: The Texas Tech University does have a central plant, and the Sports Performance Center is integrated into the central plant facilities. Specifics of the central plant will be discussed in the upcoming webinar with the project team. Alternative design options are welcome and should be justified with appropriate back-up materials and rationale.



Q: What version of the NEC should be used for this year's competition?
A: The version of the NEC should be determined by the student team as a part of the team’s due diligence and code research. Please document your findings and assumptions.



Q: Which WELL Certification should be pursued, the whole building version or one of the pilot standards?  If the whole building version should be used how should the non-applicable preconditions and optimizations be addressed?
A: The pilot program refers to different building types (multifamily residential, educational facilities, retail, restaurant, etc.). A pilot program for Public Assembly (airports, convention centers, stadiums, etc.) is in development, but it has not been released yet. For the Texas Tech University Sports Performance Complex, no pilot programs are applicable. If the team finds non-applicable preconditions and optimizations, all findings/assumptions should be documented with rationale.



Q: What is the room name for drawing number: A2.13 and A2.14. "ARU"? 
A: “ARU” is the Air Rotation Unit. It houses the Mechanical system used in the high bay areas.



Q: Is any part the demoed building foundation still there? 
A: No.



Q: Is the hole for the basement still there? What are we to assume about its depth and size? 
A: No.



Q: What are we to assume for existing site grading? 
A: Review drawings for grading information.



Q: The CAD file is requested for the Field that is linked in the Revit Model. Also requested is the previous buildings as-builts including the underground structural. 
A: The requested file is not available.  As per the Competition Program Addendum, the existing structure is not part of the competition.



Q: Will there be more specific program requirements given? Are we supposed to reverse-engineer a program from the actual construction documents? 
A: If you are referring to program space requirements they can be calculated off of the building floor plans.



Q: When recommending a project delivery method, are we to assume we are bound by current Texas laws which limit the kinds of project delivery methods available to public universities? 
A: Research should be done to see what is permitted but other methods could be used if there are appeal processes, etc.



Q: When referring to Level 1-3 Estimates are you referring to the ASPE standards? 
A: Yes, please see the WBDG Cost Estimating design guidance page for more details about ASPE standards.



Q: In the webinar it was mentioned that there were a couple different locations to tap into the university's central plant loop.  Could we get a map showing the location of the loop or the locations where we can tap into it?  And a map showing the locations of other utilities in the area around the site and where we can tap into them?  (water, sewer, electricity, etc). 
A: Pages C6.01 and C6.02 show the Utility Plan drawings for the project. If information is not shown on the Utility Plan drawings, teams should make reasonable assumptions on location and connection points and document the rationale.



Q: Per the competition's geotechnical report, the information regarding soil Dry Density (pcf) and Unconfined Compressive Strength (TSF) are not provided. Please advise. 
A: Page 12 gives allowable bearing capacity, cohesion, soil modulus E50, and Poisson ratio. Wet and dry densities are specified to be calculated during excavation to ensure standard thresholds are maintained. According to the report, a large portion of the site has a void/pit from the prior project and recommends engineered fill. If the design does not go below the fill, then fill properties should be used. Additionally, teams are encouraged to use appropriate building codes and soil standards for selecting these values based on data given.



Q: What voltage is supplied by the campus central utilities plant? 
A: The team should perform appropriate research, and if necessary, make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal.



Q: Where will the tie-in be located for the steam and chilled water service? The webinar lead us to believe that there would be a need to add piping to reach the site, and this will need to be known for pressure calculations and price estimation? What pressure and capacity is expected at this location for the steam and chilled water? 
A: The team should perform appropriate research, and if necessary, make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal.



Q: What is the typical non-event occupancy of the building? 
A: The team should make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal. Recommend researching their own respective athletic and student recreation divisions on campus.



Q: Are any items, such as the indoor track or hydrotherapy tub to be provided by the owner? 
A: Team’s should assume, unless otherwise stated in the documents, that the owner will not furnish permanent building fixtures. Additionally, all major equipment, such as those mentioned, are part of the total budget provided in the Competition Program Addendum.



Q: During Construction, will there be areas on campus where workers can park, or is off site parking expected to be found and used? 
A: The building site is very congested and offers little additional space.



Q: Well building is post occupancy verified.  We will plan to address how we intend to achieve this, but can we do any more to address this? 
A: Demonstrate that the design and decisions made support the conditions/requirements such that if your design was built and inspected it would achieve those requirements.



Q: $48 Million is the construction budget not the project budget, correct?  What about design fees?  Administration?  FFE? 
A: As per the competition addendum, the total building budget, not the construction budget, is $48million.



Q: Are there utilized construction alternatives that comply with TT aesthetics guidelines? 

  • Precast panels with brick imprints
  • Imitation stone

A: Review TTU design requirements and standards. if necessary, make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal.



Q: What is the specific estimated occupancy number for normal usage of spaces? 
A: The team should make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal. Recommend researching their own respective athletic and student recreation divisions on campus.



Q: Related to that, what is the occupancy schedule for specific usage (when do they practice, etc)? 
A: The team should make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal. Recommend researching their own respective athletic and student recreation divisions on campus.



Q: What is the occupancy for competitors/teams during maximum occupancy events (competitions)? 
A: The team should make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal. Recommend researching their own respective athletic and student recreation divisions on campus.



Q: Do they want or prefer to keep spaces conditioned when they are not in use? 
A: The team should decide this based on what is best for the project and owner considering holistic aspects. The team should perform appropriate research, and if necessary, make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal.



Q: Any idea about what plug loads they would have? 
A: The team should perform appropriate research, and if necessary, make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal.



Q: Tilt up construction has risks with tornados.  Is there a regional stigma about this type of construction? 
A: The team should perform appropriate research, and if necessary, make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal.



Q: During the webinar last week it was mentioned that the hydrotherapy pool would be used for a "cold plunge" instead of a typical warm pool.  Will this be the case all the time or should the pool have the ability to switch between a warm set point and a cold set point? And what will those set points be?  Also, how deep is the hydrotherapy pool? 
A: Cold plunge pools can only be cold. If a hot plunge were also required, it would be a separate pool. Cold plunge pools have become more popular (if not more comfortable) than hot plunge pools in the last 5 years or so.



Q: Does the owner have a preferred temperature set point for the building spaces? 
A: The team should make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal.



Q: Can we get more information on the building use schedule?  What are the typical practice times for football, track, other sports?  Are the practices year round or just during the season?  What times will the building be available to athletes outside of normal practice times? 
A: The team should make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal. Recommend researching their own respective athletic and student recreation divisions on campus.



Q: Is there a specific ROI or payback period that the owner is looking for? 
A: The team should make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal.



Q: How long does the owner expect the building to operate before a major renovation is needed? 
A: The team should make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal.



Q: Can we get information on what equipment will be in the data/it room (room 203 on the plans provided)? 
A: The team should make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal. Recommend researching their own respective IT departments and division on campus.



Q: Is the press box, room 217, open to the track?  The wall section shows it open but the interior elevations show a finish as if a wall is there? 
A: The team should make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal.



Q: In the webinar it was mentioned that there were a couple different locations to tap into the university's central plant loop.  Could we get a map showing the location of the loop or the locations where we can tap into it?  Could we get a map showing the locations of other utilities in the area around the site and where we can tap into them?  (water, sewer, electricity, etc) 
A: Pages C6.01 and C6.02 show the Utility Plan drawings for the project. If information is not shown on the Utility Plan drawings, teams should make reasonable assumptions on location and connection points and document the rationale.



Q: The friction force of the soil was not given in the Soils report, would it be possible to be given that? The information needed is the design forces for which to design basement walls and retaining walls. 
A: The forces from soil on the retaining walls should be calculated by looking at the criteria given (values and soil type) and evaluating the parameters (some given and others can be found through soil analysis). Also best practices and minimum values for loading should be investigated through common geotechnical practices and also code requirements. If values are not given, assumptions and appropriate justification should be made.



Q: What is the available fault at the secondary side of the utility transformer? 
A: Teams should assume a worst case, infinite bus scenario, as it relates to the available fault current.



Q: Are VE items supposed to be options for the add alternates which still meet the owner challenges or are systems for the base building that do not meet the owner challenges treated as VE items? 
A: The base building budget does not need to include costs associated with achieving the established owner challenges. Costs and premiums necessary to achieve the project challenges can be carried as add alternates if the team so chooses. For value engineering (VE) purposes (if necessary), all options can be on the table, but if a proposed VE option were to eliminate the ability to achieve one of the project challenges, it would need to be clearly identified in that manner so as to allow the owner to make an informed decision.  Any proposed add alternatives could include a life cycle cost analysis, a payback period, or days saved  to quantify and help the owner in their decision making.



Q: Where on the Sports Performance Facility is the ISP Service Entrance?  Is there an ISP campus loop the building connects to, or will the building be connected directly back to the ISP? 
A: The university is its own ISP with all fiber infrastructure being looped/redundant throughout campus. The head end for the facility is located in room “203 DATA/IT.” From there, the building-wide network is distributed throughout the facility as required and is managed offsite by campus-wide IT.



Q: Is there a flow test available for the north water line in order to size our fire suppression system? 
A: Flow test information is not available. The team should perform appropriate research, and if necessary, make a reasonable assumption and document assumptions in their submittal.



Q: In the written submissions, can we add a blank page (nothing on it or just the words of the discipline that is coming next: ie. “Now is the structural section”) to indicate different sections starts or will that count towards out total page count? 
A: The Table of Contents would clearly indicate starting pages for sections. Teams can also consider hyperlinking the Table of Contents to the actual section start. Each Summary Narrative section should start on a new page with the Discipline-specific Executive Summary.


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