Politecnico plays key role in new school development in Liscate

First collaborative agreement in Italy, developed entirely with BIM


Construction work on the new school in Liscate in the province of Milan is powering ahead, after the laying of the first stone in December 2018, in the presence of the Minister for Education, Universities and Research, Marco Bussetti.

The Politecnico di Milano played a key role in designing the modern building which will house the city’s first secondary school and a civic centre open to the whole community. The contract covers the development of two integrated buildings, one for classrooms, offices and teaching spaces, and the other for an auditorium, gym and library. It will be a “green” school with original, homogenous architecture: light, wood and environmentally-friendly materials in continuous dialogue with the outdoors. In total the development will cover almost 3,700 m2 over four levels, with a volume of almost 17,000 cubic metres. The contract is worth almost €5m.

The process of designing and awarding the project, in fact, is an example of good practice in public procurement.

The Politecnico di Milano, through collaboration with the research group coordinated by Prof. Giuseppe Martino Di Giuda and Area Tecnica Edilizia (ATE), will assist the procuring authority in implementing the contract until the end of the works, and, above all, is supporting it in its decision to trial, for the first time in Italy, a collaborative agreement model between all the professional entities involved in the project, with the aim of procuring the best quality work, on schedule. It is a multi-stakeholder contract based on the English FAC-1 model - Framework Alliance Contract - promoting fair and profitable collaboration between all the parties involved in developing the project. The contract recognises the added value of coordination between parties and the clarity and completeness of a contractual framework. The collaborative agreement-type model was managed by the Centre of Construction Law and Management, whose members include the Politecnico di Milano, the Università degli Studi di Brescia, with Prof. Angelo Ciribini, and the Università degli Studi di Milano, with Prof. Sara Valaguzza, the Centre’s Director.

Furthermore, the school is one of the first public works to be designed, right from the preliminary stages, using the BIM model which with its principle of integrated design, allows all contacts from the individual disciplines to communicate easily with each other and optimise on-site construction schedules and costs. The winning proposal was submitted by ITI Impresa Generale, who in addition to achieving the highest score on its technical proposal, also guaranteed the fastest construction time. The final design was awarded to the group led by Mythos in Aosta, with D.Vision Architecture in Brescia and Geoengineering in Torino.

The public tender for design services was developed by Prof. Giuseppe Martino Di Giuda from the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano and his research group. The Politecnico di Milano, in its function as scientific advisor, followed the design process and verified the model, including how the client will use it, and will support the administration in implementing the contract until work is completed. All the documentation shared and approved during project implementation will be archived on a single platform and will form a Document Management System (DMS). The documentation collected will then be linked to the BIM model handed over to the client and will form the as-built and digital information archive for the project’s future management.