NYU-Housing & Innovation in Revit (HIR)

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Introduction and Overview


New York University has commissioned your firm to redesign the old Jacobs Admistrative Building into a full college campus. The lot is approximately 200’ x 200' and is bounded by Jay and Johnson Streets. The campus must include:

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

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

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.


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 and 3D print the exterior shell utilizing the EG Prototyping Lab.

Microsoft Project

A project schedule must be created in Microsoft Project. Learn to use Microsoft Project by accessing the Microsoft Project Student Guide. This schedule must include all tasks related to the project from the start of the project to Early or Final submission. Click here to access the guide on how to transfer a file. The Microsoft Project schedule should include:

  • Minimum of 20 tasks, excluding Milestones
  • 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 schedule in the presentations. Do not take a screenshot
  • Gantt chart must be displayed alongside the tasks list (fit onto one slide)
  • Gantt chart must show a progress line
  • Clearly state during the presentations whether the project is on-time, behind schedule, or ahead of schedule

For help planning the project, review the manual page Planning Project Scheduling & Costs.


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. The How-To Guide contains useful examples for designing your building, but ‘’’do not copy the instructions as they only serve as examples of the features available in Revit.’’’

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. 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, Benchmarks, and Deliverables

As work is done on the project, three Milestone presentations will report on the project's progress. All of the items assigned in each phase of the project are called Benchmark deliverables. These deliverables often consist of a combination of written submissions, presentations, and demonstrations. Benchmark assessments evaluate the progress of the project.

Preliminary Design Investigation

The Preliminary Design Investigation (PDI) is extremely important, as it lays the groundwork for the project. It outlines the project idea, inspiration, and goals.

The PDI must include:

  • Cover Page
  • Project Overview
  • Goals & Objectives
  • Design & Approach
  • Cost Estimate
  • Project Schedule
  • Relevant Pictures

An example PDI template can be found here. The PDI is due by Benchmark A. Do not forget to include the items listed above. Use this link to access the VEX PDI Rubric.

Milestone 1

Milestone 1 Deliverables:

  • Presentation:
    • Project description
    • Design approach
    • Mission statement
    • Preliminary layout of one recreational space
    • Cost estimate
    • MS Project schedule
    • Progress update: current state of the project

Benchmark Assessment A

Benchmarks evaluate the progress of the project. Benchmark A is due at the end of Model Shop Session II. There are penalties for not completing this on time. Refer to the EG1004 Grading Policy for more information.

To pass Benchmark A, 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 III. There are penalties for not completing this on time. Refer to the EG1004 Grading Policy for more information.

To pass, complete all of the following tasks:

  • 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
      • 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.)


Projects must be commissioned before Submission. Refer to the syllabus for Submission deadlines. There are penalties for not completing this on time. Refer to the EG1004 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 and Parking Lot (3D Revit) (1:240 scale)
    • Walk-through video
    • 3D printed exterior

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.

Your Final Presentation must include:

  • Company profile
    • Company name
    • Employee profile, role(s), and qualifications
    • Mission statement
  • Problem statement
    • Why is the project happening?
    • What does the audience need to know?
  • Project objective
    • What is the purpose of your project?
    • Who does your project help?
    • What problem does your project solve?
  • Project description
    • Specify LEED certification
      • Examples of LEED implementations in Revit
    • Revit drawings
      • All floor plan drawings
      • Dimensions
      • 1:240 scale
    • Views of exterior of building: front elevation, side elevation, isometric elevation
      • Dimensions
  • Market and product viability
    • Does your company have competitors?
    • What makes your project unique?
    • How does your design compare to competitors - cost, quality, features?
    • Is the project versatile?
    • What is the price of your project?
  • Conclusion
    • Reiterating project purpose
    • Highlight project features
    • Future goals of the company
    • Why should your company be awarded this contract?
  • Video pitch
  • Problem statement
  • Solution overview
  • Company description and qualifications
  • Drawings
  • Cost estimate
  • Microsoft Project schedule
  • 3D-Printed Model
  • Why should the company be awarded this contract?


All SLDPs must be submitted online. Please visit this page for the link to the Project Submission form and each project’s individualized login information. To submit, login to the EG1004 website using this special login information. Submitting with an NYU account or any other account will generate an error. Components may be resubmitted at any time before the deadline. Please note that submission times are based on the most recent submission.

Please note the deliverables for this project are as follows. If any of the following items are omitted, there will be a penalty. Be sure to click "Submit" at the bottom of the form and allow sufficient time for uploading. The following list includes deliverable items that are required:

  • Submission deliverables:
    • Final presentation
    • Cover page and table of contents
    • Initial sketch
    • All the drawings of your design (initial through final)
    • Model
    • Walk-through video
    • Final MS Project Schedule
    • Final cost estimate
    • Chart with power, air conditioning, and heat tabulations
    • Resume(s) (No fictitious resumes will be accepted.)

Early Submission

If the project is submitted one academic week early (before the end of the lab period the week before the Final Submission deadline), the project is eligible for a bonus that will be added to the final SLDP grade. All deliverables must be submitted one academic week before the submission deadline (see syllabus for the exact date). The deliverables received early are the ones that will be used in the Final Presentation. No changes to the submitted deliverables will be accepted.

Late Submission

Late submission is not allowed. If a project does not Commission or receive Partial Commission by the deadline set forth in the syllabus, the project will not be allowed to submit and will receive a 0 for the project grade. To receive Partial Commissioning, two TAs must evaluate the project and determine its degree of completion according to the Commissioning requirements and the project will be given a grade accordingly. Please refer to the EG1004 Grading Policy for more information.