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The Ohio State University: BIM for facilities management
University of Southern California
AECOM: Roseisle Distillery
RLF: Irwin Army Community Hospital
The Beck Group: Builds Church 120 Feet Underground
Robins & Morton: Carolinas Medical Center
Haynes Whaley Associates: Structural Engineers
Athié | Wohnrath: Dow Chemical Building (Brazil)
Robins & Morton: Auburn University Basketball Arena
Hunt/Moss: Florida Marlins Stadium
Stephenson&Turner: New Zealand Government Building
Western Michigan University: Modeling the Campus
New Complex at USC School of Cinematic Arts
NASA Sustainability Base
UC Davis: Maurice J. Gallagher Hall
Merrick & Company: Lackland Air Force Base
NOAA Research Facility
China Construction Design International (CCDI)
SHP Leading Design
Pella Corporation / Z+ Architects
Sundt Construction: Water Reclamation
PBS&J / TLC Engineering for Architecture
KlingStubbins & Tocci Building Companies
HNTB/Turner Universal: Human Resources Center
Stevens & Wilkinson/Beck Group: Courthouse Annex
Sacramento Central Plant
Grange Insurance Audubon Center
SENER Engineering Group
Good Samaritan Hospital Expansion
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
McCownGordon Construction LLC
The Haskell Company
Carr Design Group Pty Ltd
Preble High School
University of Minnesota
Brunet Saunier Architecture
Independence Energy Homes
Penn State University: BIM Curriculum
Reno C. Negrin Architects
Lott + Barber Architects
Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
RTKL Associates Inc.
Huntsman Architectural Group
Johnson Bailey Henderson McNee (JBHM)
VIA Suzuki Architecture
RLF uses Autodesk BIM solutions to design and coordinate a fast-track government healthcare facility—on time and on budget.
"Autodesk BIM solutions helped us to meet our deadlines and deliver quality. From the foundation to the signage and furniture, BIM gave us insight into every aspect of the project from the very beginning."
—Keith Holloway, BIM Technical Manager RLF
One of Florida’s first firms to offer integrated architecture, engineering, and interior design services, RLF was founded in 1935. Today, the firm is home to more than 130 design professionals who continue to offer integrated services to public and private sector clients. On every project, the firm strives to deliver innovative, practical, and enduring solutions. The design professionals at RLF have come to rely on Building Information Modeling (BIM) to help them realize their goals. The replacement Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley project demonstrates the increasingly central role of BIM to RLF’s business.
Encompassing a 263,000-square-foot inpatient hospital and a 289,000-square-foot outpatient clinic, the new healthcare facility will serve the military community in Fort Riley, Kansas. The facility was designed to achieve a LEED® Silver rating. Autodesk BIM solutions, including Autodesk® Revit® software applications and Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage software, helped the team from RLF to design, collaborate, and coordinate on the project more effectively. “The Fort Riley facility was a fast-track project with a multidisciplinary, multifirm project team,” says Keith Holloway, RLF’s BIM technical manager. “BIM allowed everyone to explore, visualize, and understand the project as we worked. It gave us a window into the outcomes of design choices from the earliest stages of the project.”
With RLF and LEO A DALY working on complementary aspects of the project simultaneously, the design team relied heavily on BIM to coordinate the design. RLF developed its architectural models in Autodesk Revit Architecture and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) models in Autodesk® Revit® MEP. They aligned their work with Autodesk® Revit® Structure models provided by LEO A DALY. This helped the team to reduce the risk of clashes from the earliest stages of the project.
To collaborate with the contractor, the team regularly provided access to the design models. The contractor explored the models in Revit software, and aggregated them in Autodesk Navisworks Manage software. The clash detection capabilities in Navisworks Manage helped the team identify and address interferences and constructability issues well before construction began.
“BIM made it possible to coordinate efforts with multiple team members and the contractor in a near real-time way,” says Pedro Rivera, mechanical designer and BIM coordinator at RLF. “Even though many of us were spread geographically, it was like we were all working under the same roof. If we coordinated the model less frequently or less automatically, it would have been difficult to stay on schedule.”
A Better Patient Experience
Interior design and signage make a significant impact on a patient’s perception of the comfort and warmth of a healthcare facility. RLF used Autodesk Revit Architecture software to develop the interior design package, including the furniture and signage. Signage can be especially important with a large healthcare facility like Fort Riley. After developing and placing the signage in Revit Architecture, the team loaded the model into Navisworks Manage for virtual walk-throughs.
“Navisworks Manage provides a quick and intuitive way to explore how a person will experience a project,” says Miriam Ganesh, interior designer with RLF. “We can see how patients will move from the entrance to the information desk and to their destinations. You want clarity every step of the way. Navisworks Manage let us put ourselves in the patients’ place.”
Throughout the interior design process, the interior designers referred closely to the Revit MEP model to ensure that elements such as nurse call buttons and equipment harmonized with the overall design. They also used the material takeoff capabilities of Revit Architecture to balance costs with aesthetic considerations.
“BIM allowed us to align our ideas with the mechanical systems, as well as structural and other elements,” reports Ganesh. “We visualized exactly where things like switches came through panels, which helped us make material choices that enhanced usability. BIM made it easier to control interior costs more proactively too. For instance, we easily stayed on top of how using more costly materials, such as porcelain, impacted the overall project.”
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