New Facility for Autodesk

Autodesk’s Boston BUILD Space / photo by Robert Benson

Boston – SGA has designed a new 67,000sf facility for Autodesk, a leading 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software company. Autodesk’s Building, Innovation, Learning, and Design (BUILD) Space and new East Coast office are located in Boston’s Innovation and Design Building at 23 Drydock Avenue, a former waterside storehouse for the South Boston Army Base. The Autodesk BUILD Space, located on the first and second floors, includes Autodesk’s cutting-edge digital fabrication technologies.

A colocation office was created at the site in the Innovation and Design Building where architects, consultants, construction managers, and major subcontractors worked together in close proximity to solve the project’s design challenges in advance of construction. SGA is a leader in virtual design and construction (VDC), the tech-based project delivery method featuring complex and comprehensive 3D building models created in Autodesk’s Revit software.

The BUILD Space is a collaborative R&D workshop focused on the future of the building industry. It accommodates a research residency program for industry innovators and startup companies, who have access to 60 pieces of equipment, including 3D printing, laser cutting, six industrial robots and 11 workshops for woodworking, metal fabrication, and more. The ceilings are reinforced with two layers of carbon fiber composite with epoxy resin and fireproof coating to safely support the heavy machinery. Additionally, a 5-ton bridge crane located centrally in a wide, sharp-angled corridor for maximum clearance allows the movement of large fabricated pieces and equipment between the first and second floors.

The glass divisions throughout promote collaboration through visibility. The BUILD Space’s main stairwell landing offers a bird’s eye view of the BUILD space, which allows visitors to safely see projects from a distance. Despite the transparency of the space, the glass is high quality so that the mechanic noise of the BUILD space does not bleed into the reconfigurable office space. With different project teams in residence at Autodesk on a rotational basis, the first and second floor spaces may be rearranged to suit different working needs.