Columbia Manhattanville Bowtie Building Excavation

May 9, 2011

For this project, I worked with 5 of my classmates in Columbia’s Civil Engineering department to develop the excavation plan and foundation design for the new Bowtie Building being built at 125th and Broadway in Columbia University’s Manhattanvile expansion.  Our civil class was separated into 5 groups which worked on separate aspects of the building.  The other groups were Concrete Design, Steel Design, Project Management, and Green Building Design.  For my group, I contributed to the structural design of the foundation in addition to modeling and rendering a sequence of images that visual detail the process.  Note: this is not actually the building that is being built at the site; our senior class proposed this as our final senior project to our professors.

Here is the sequence of images that demonstrate our proposed excavation process and our final foundation design: