SOURCE: ENR California
Each year, the ENR (Engineering News-Record) Best Projects competition features innovative projects from the U.S. and Puerto Rico that span the construction and design spectrum. The judging criteria for all entries consists of five areas: project challenges and solutions; safety programs; innovative design and construction solutions; contribution to the construction industry and the community; and design quality and craftsmanship. For 2023, the Orange County Museum of Art was recognized for the California/Hawaii region with a Best Projects award in the Cultural/Worship category.
The project team for the OCMA includes, among others:
- Architect: Morphosis
- General Contractor: Clark Construction
- Civil Engineer: KPFF
- Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates Inc.
- MEP Engineer: Buro Happold
- Facade Engineer: Walter P Moore
Boston Valley worked closely with architect Morphosis to rationalize the OCMA façade design for accurate fabrication. Below is an excerpt from the article regarding the museum’s unique curved exterior:
“The curved, angled, undulating shape of OCMA’s signature facade is wrapped in bands of terra cotta that were specially designed and cast for the project. Despite the unique geometries of the building, the actual curves of the panels were limited to specific angles to make production more efficient. The panel shapes were analyzed and developed with CATIA software. The museum’s 6,534 panels were fabricated using age-old extrusion methods that reduced their weight while retaining there strength.
The build-up of tolerances was critical to ensure the final geometry of the interior and exterior facades. Starting with the structural and secondary steel, followed by each subsequent material, the facade was laser scanned and analyzed to confirm that the necessary tolerances were met.”