Project: BUILD Space
Location: Boston Seaport’s Innovation District, MA
Architect: SPA (Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, Inc.)

Autodesk, the innovative 3D design software firm for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, has moved from Waltham to Boston’s Innovation District. The overarching goal for the Boston Seaport project is to deliver an environment that is not only state of the art in supporting collaborative, agile work practices, research and education; but is also a showcase for Autodesk’s technology and what it can produce.

The new Boston Seaport office, based in the Innovation and Design Building, will house the Building Innovation Learning and Design Space—BUILD Space—an advanced workshop for research and prototyping digital fabrication methods and construction automation for the AEC industry, and collaborative offices. Incorporating a host of leading technology—from robots, laser cutters, 5-axis routing machines, 3D printers, to a gantry crane—BUILD space will support a variety of researchers and builders in residence from the architecture and construction industry, as well as academia. The project team, fittingly, is using the highly collaborative “Integrated Project Delivery” (IPD) process. The project’s management approach features a co-located team and the incorporation of Lean construction techniques, including Pull Planning, Flow Board Tracking, Just-in-Time-Deliveries and a “Nothing-Hits-the-Ground” materials management policy.

  • Integrated Project Delivery to optimize project results, reduce waste and maximize efficiency through team collaboration
  • Lean Flow Board tracking for the installation of 100 pieces of digital technology, from robots to 3D printers
  • Careful coordination of construction activities necessary within an occupied building in the active Seaport’s Innovation District