NYU-Housing & Innovation in Revit (HIR)

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Introduction and Overview

As Brooklyn establishes itself as a technology and innovation hub, projects to modernize Downtown Brooklyn and the Metrotech area are being set into motion regularly. New York University plans to expand its Brooklyn Campus to reflect its consistent desire to foster innovation, engineering, and a successful college experience. To that effect, NYU has requested that your organization remodel the Jacobs Building at the Tandon School of Engineering.

More and more companies are moving towards Revit as their software of choice for modeling buildings. Your company has also adopted Revit as the optimal option for NYU’s remodel request. The ultimate goal is to present the university with a six-floor (minimum) building model that will include classrooms, lecture halls, a recreational space, dorms, and facilities to enhance the students’ quality of life. The building should include HVAC, electrical, and plumbing considerations.

The Housing & Innovation in Revit (HIR) endeavor is a pivotal step in solidifying NYU’s place in Brooklyn and providing students with added living space, resources, and an ever-growing campus. As such, ensure that the building you design will meet the high standards and aesthetic expectations of New York University.

Figure 1: The Washington Square Arch widely regarded as the main symbol of NYU


New York University has commissioned your firm to redesign the old Jacobs Building into a college campus expansion for the Tandon School of Engineering. The lot is approximately 200 ft. by 200 ft. and is bounded by Jay and Johnson Streets. The campus expansion must include:

  • Classrooms
    • Ten 40-student classrooms
    • Eight 20-student classrooms
    • Two 100-student lecture hall
  • One recreational space
  • Dorm rooms to accomodate 100 students
  • One facility of choice
    • Restaurant/Cafeteria, Gym, Tennis Court, etc.

As the space is 200 ft. by 200 ft., additional rooms are allowed to be placed in the building so long as the above requirements are met. Additionally, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC schematics must be completed for one recreational space, one dorm room, and one classroom. This includes all electrical wiring, air ducts, and pipes. Using these schematics, cost of operation must be calculated for the entire facility. The completed building must have at least six floors.

The campus must achieve a LEED accreditation of at least ‘’’Gold’’’ (four categories of the six available categories).

Figure 2: Exterior of the Jacobs Administrative Building on Jay Street

Building Code

The new campus must adhere to the General Engineering Building Code as outlined below:

  • Fire Code
    • Each floor must be equipped with sprinkler heads and emergency evacuation stairs
    • Fire alarms must be placed in each classroom, dorm hallway, and recreational space
      • Electrical wirings are not necessary
  • Wheelchair Accessibility
    • Each floor, classroom, and recreational space must be wheelchair accessible
    • At least one bathroom stall per floor must be wheelchair accessible
  • Security
    • Every entrance and exit must be guarded by a 24/7 security guard with a desk and tap-in system
    • Entrances to dorms must have a turnstile in addition to the standard security guard
  • Structural Rules
    • All doors must be at least 6 ft 8 in. tall and 32 in. wide
    • All walls must be at least 8 ft tall

LEED Accreditation

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification program. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Teams choose the best fit for their project. The different categories for the LEED checklist[1] correspond to principles of design, construction, and maintenance. For the purposes of this project, the checklist has been streamlined. All prerequisites from a category must be incorporated into the supermarket design to count toward certification. LEED Silver certification requires completion of at least two categories; LEED Gold, at least four categories, and LEED Platinum, all six categories. Achievement of each prerequisite will be accomplished through drawings, cost estimates, and explanations of the design.

Streamlined checklist:

  1. Location and Transportation
    1. Diverse land use (p.16[1]) – Design provides space for goods and services not directly related to the college campus. (Examples: cafe, gym, multi-purpose spaces for the public, etc.)
    2. Disability access – Detailed features are provided for Americans with Disability Act. (Examples: reserved parking, wheelchair accessible ramps)
    3. Bicycle and EV facilities (p.22[1]) – Bike racks and electric vehicle charging stations labeled in drawings.
    4. Reduced parking footprint (p.26[1]) – Realistic dimensions for parking spaces with minimal allocated space for parking lot if facility of choice is a parking area.
  2. Sustainable Sites
    1. Open space (p.36[1]) – Inclusion of green space on the campus grounds. (Examples: gardens, park space, rooftop vegetation, pond)
    2. Rainwater management (p.37[1]) – Reducing storm water runoff and built land impact on hydrologic cycle. (Examples: rainwater retention pond, rainwater storage, rainwater reuse)
    3. Heat island reduction (p.39[1]) – Minimizing paved and rooftop surfaces. (Examples: vegetative surfaces, trees, shade from energy generation systems)
    4. Light pollution reduction (p.41[1]) – Detailed placement of outdoor lighting fixtures, maximizing security and minimizing light pollution.
  3. Water Efficiency
    1. Water quality management – Real-time quality monitoring system, shutoff system for cases of contamination.
    2. Water use reduction (p.51[1]) – Use of low flow appliances and minimal irrigation, details for all water uses. (Example: sprinklers, sinks, toilets)
    3. Water heating and cooling (p.60[1]) – Intelligent placement of high efficiency systems.
    4. Advanced water metering – Real-time quantity monitoring system of all water use. (Examples: irrigation, indoor plumbing, reclaimed water, boiler usage)
  4. Energy and Atmosphere
    1. Optimize energy performance (p.74[1]) – Use of low energy systems. (Examples: HVAC, lighting, refrigeration, appliances)
    2. Advanced energy metering (p.77[1]) – All electrical use run through a single meter.
    3. Demand response (p.79[1]) – Energy use changes throughout the day.
    4. Renewable energy production (p.80[1]) – Location and connection to electrical system. (Examples: solar, wind, thermal)
  5. Indoor Environmental Quality
    1. Air quality management (p.107[1]) – Ventilation and monitoring of air. (Examples: carbon monoxide detectors, exhaust vents, air filtration system)
    2. Interior lighting/daylight (p.129[1]) – Enhanced interior lighting. (Examples: dimmers, daylight, window shades)
    3. Thermal comfort (p.127[1]) – Enhanced temperature control for individual comfort. (Examples: localized heating and cooling, circulating fans, radiant flooring)
    4. Acoustic performance (p.136[1]) – Sound absorbent surfaces are greater than the ceiling area. (Examples: acoustic tiles, acoustic wall panels)
  6. Innovation (p.140[1])
    1. Connected building – Design the campus for internet connectivity and connected devices. (Examples: Wi-Fi router, networked registers, inventory systems)
    2. Intelligent inventory – Real-time monitoring of inventory, if applicable. (Examples: shelves with sensors, database connected to registers, exit door scanners)
    3. Security and safety – Enhanced security technology. (Examples: automatic police contact, automatic fire contact, notifications)
    4. Sustainability – Focus on innovative green technologies not included in other categories.

Power/AC/Heat Calculations

Using the information from electrical/plumbing/HVAC schematics, calculate the total power usage for operation of the campus per day. Then calculate the energy costs for a typical year. Determine the total A/C requirement. What is the dollar cost per year for air conditioning? Determine the total heat requirement. What is the dollar cost per year for heat? Tabulate this data neatly in a table, graph, or chart that presents the information clearly. This information is also necessary for the requirements under Cost Estimate.


Design your campus using Autodesk Revit as your primary design tool. Create a convenient layout to accommodate the items listed in Specifications. Once the design is complete, generate a walk-through video of the campus. For extra credit, 3D print the exterior shell utilizing the EG Prototyping Lab. Additional 3D printing extra credit can be found on the 3D Printing Extra Credit page.

Figure 3: Example of a classroom in Autodesk Revit

Microsoft Project

A time management plan using Microsoft Project (MS Project) must be created. You can learn Microsoft Project by doing the MS Project Skill Builder. This plan must include all tasks related to the project. The MS Project schedule should include the following:

  • Minimum of 20 tasks.
  • Milestones should be clearly indicated on the project plan (duration of zero days).
  • Each task must include the person responsible for completing the task (resource names).
  • Use the Copy Picture function to include the project plan in the presentations. DO NOT take a screenshot.
  • Gantt chart must be displayed alongside the tasks list (fit onto one slide).
  • Gantt chart must clearly show a progress line.
  • Clearly state during the presentation whether the project is on time, behind schedule or ahead of schedule

For help in planning the project, review the page called How to plan the schedule and calculate costs for a project.


The following paragraphs discuss the drawings required for the project using Revit. No other software will be accepted for submission. Revit is free to download using your NYU email, and all computers in the EG Modelshop and NYU Tandon computer lab have full copies of the software.

Consult the Revit How-To Guide to create your college campus expansion. The How-To Guide contains useful examples for designing your building, but do not copy the instructions for your project as they only serve as examples of the features available in Revit. The How-To exercises are also due as part of Milestone 1.

Each floor of your campus must have an accompanying drawing. It must be fully dimensioned and include all aspects of the room design including:

  • All door and window openings
  • Material choices
  • Furniture
  • Lighting fixtures

All electrical, plumbing, and HVAC drawings must include:

  • Wiring, outlets, switches, and light fixtures
  • Sinks, toilets, and showerheads with hot water, cold water, and sewage pipes
  • Air ducts for heating and cooling


Create a construction schedule using Microsoft Project. Model the schedule after other sample construction projects. The items included in this schedule include:

  • Clearing site
  • Laying foundation
  • Studs and structural members
  • Wall construction and window installation
  • Painting
  • Electrical wiring and lighting installation
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC

Cost Estimate

Three separate tables (construction, operation, and labor) for cost estimation must be created using the following guidelines.

Cost of Construction

Using the wholesale price of all materials and components in your design, calculate the total cost of construction (not including labor). Tabulate a materials list and generate a complete cost estimate for the entire campus.

Cost of Operation

Calculate the total cost of operation per day and per year of the new campus. Tabulate energy usage and associated costs into a neatly organized table.


Calculate the total cost of labor for ‘’’construction of the campus.’’’ Do not include cost of labor for operation. Refer to the construction schedule to create this estimate. Neatly tabulate costs into a table.

Milestones and Benchmarks

As you work on your project, you will be required to present periodic reports on your progress. We call these Milestones. All the items assigned in each Milestone are called deliverables. These deliverables often consist of a combination of written submissions, presentations, and demonstrations.

Milestone 1

Milestone 1 Deliverables:

  • Presentation:
    • Project description
    • Design approach
    • Mission statement
    • Completion of How-To Guide exercises
      • Include screenshots
    • Cost estimate
    • MS Project schedule
    • Progress update: current state of the project

Benchmark Assessment A

Benchmark assessments evaluate the progress of the project. Benchmark Assessment A is due at the end of Model Shop Session 1. There are penalties for not completing on time. Refer to the EG1003 Grading Policy for more information.

To pass, the design must complete all of the following:

  • One recreational space design
  • One 40-student classroom design
  • One 20-student classroom design

Milestone 2

Milestone 2 Deliverables:

  • Presentation:
    • Project description
    • Design approach
    • Design changes since Milestone 1
    • Mission statement
    • Revit drawings:
      • Dimensions must be included
      • 1:240 scale
      • Floor plan
      • Front elevation
      • Most detailed side elevation
    • Cost estimate (previous and current). What changes were made?
    • MS Project schedule (previous and current). What changes were made?
    • Progress update: current state of the project (time, budget, etc.)

Benchmark Assessment B

Benchmark Assessment B is due at the end of Model Shop Session 2. There are penalties for not completing on time. Refer to the EG1003 Grading Policy for more information.

To pass, the design must complete all of the following:

  • One recreational space design
  • All classroom designs
    • 20-student, 40-student, and 100-student
  • Facility of choice design
  • Electrical, plumbing, and HVAC for one dorm (subject to change)

Milestone 3

Milestone 3 Deliverables:

  • Presentation:
    • Project description
    • Design approach
    • Design changes since Milestone 2
    • Mission statement
    • Revit drawings:
      • Dimensions must be included
      • 1:240 scale
      • Floor plan
      • Rendered isometric 3D view
      • Front elevation
      • Most detailed side elevation
      • Plumbing drawing
      • Electrical drawing
    • Cost estimate (previous and current). What changes were made?
    • MS Project schedule (previous and current). What changes were made?
    • Progress update: current state of the project (time, budget, etc.)


Refer to the syllabus for the commissioning deadline. There are penalties for not completing on time. Refer to the EG1003 Grading Policy for more information.

To pass, the design must complete all of the following:

  • Revit drawings (1:240 scale):
    • Floor plan for all floors
    • Plumbing system
    • Electrical system
    • Front elevation
    • Most detailed side
  • Model of Building (3D Revit) (1:240 scale)
    • Walk-through video
    • 3D printed exterior (extra credit)

Final Presentation

The final presentation will be a technical briefing, similar to the milestones, but also serves as a sales presentation explaining why your company should be selected instead of the competition. Please include the following:

  • Problem statement
  • Solution overview
  • Company description and qualifications
  • Drawings
    • Specify LEED certification
  • Cost estimates
  • Microsoft Project schedule
  • Construction schedule
  • Walk-through video
  • 3D-printed model (extra credit)
  • Why should the company be awarded this contract?


All SLDPs must submit online. Please visit https://eg.poly.edu/finalSLDP.php for login information and the link to the Project Submission form.

Students must be logged into the account provided at https://eg.poly.edu/finalSLDP.php. Submitting with your NYU account or any other account will generate an error.

Submissions may be edited at any time before the deadline. Please note that submission times are based on the last submission. Submissions that qualify for Early Submission will lose the Early Submission Extra Credit if the submission is edited after the Early Submission deadline.

Please note the deliverables for this project are as follows. If any of the following items are omitted, you will be penalized. Be sure to click SUBMIT at the bottom of the form.

  • Project deliverables:
    • Final presentation
    • Initial sketch
    • Final drawings of design
      • All floors must have an accompanying drawing
    • Model
    • Walk-through video
    • Final MS Project schedule
    • Final construction schedule
    • Final cost estimates
    • Chart with power, air conditioning, and heat tabulations
    • Resume(s) (No fictitious resumes will be accepted.)

Early Acceptance

If you submit your project one week early, you are eligible for a bonus that will be added to your final semester-long project grade. You must submit all deliverables one week before the submission deadline (see syllabus for exact date). To submit early, all required information on the form titled Project Submission Form, found on the EG web site, must be approved, accepted, and signed by a TA. The deliverables received early are the ones you will use in your presentation. No adjustments to the deliverables submitted will be accepted.

Late Submission

Late submission is not allowed. If you do not commission or partial commission by the deadline set forth in the syllabus, you will not be allowed to submit and will receive a 0 for the project grade. In order to receive partial commissioning, two TAs must analyze the project and determine its level of completeness in terms of commissioning requirements. Please refer to the EG1003 Grading Policy for more information.


Q: "Can I use a 40-student classroom as a 20-student classroom as well?"

A: No, each type of classroom must have a unique design. However, all ten 40-student classrooms can be the same design as each other. The same applies to the 20-student classrooms and 100-student lecture halls.

Q: "What's the largest number of floors I can create?"

A: The largest number of drawings you feel confident creating before the end of the semester. 100 floors = 100 drawings.


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