Saving Taxpayers Money Through Innovation

Building Value that Reduces Long-Term Costs

by Darren L. James, AIA 

Business Information Modeling (BIM) is a data-rich technological tool that design and build teams use to produce quality buildings, and that is then handed over to developers and owners to enhance their facility management processes over the life of the structure.

Saving Taxpayers Money Through Innovation
Texas Town & City

Whether constructing a fire station, renovating a city hall, or adding space to a library, the design and construction of a municipal building requires cost-efficient planning, design, and construction. Like a three-legged stool, these elements must work together to provide city officials and their constituents the very best value for their tax or bond dollar investment. Here are three suggestions to help ease the process of creating excellence for your next project:
1. Hire firms that will engage in active listening.

Navisworks - A Practical Application

Case Study: During the construction of Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School in Dallas, the contractor had concerns about ceiling clearance for lighting, heat pumps, ductwork, and plumbing. They requested that the ceiling be lowered 12" (from 10' to 9') to accommodate these items. 

We were able to easily put the contractor's concerns to rest using Navisworks.

Growth in Green Building Use Expected to Drive Use of BIM Tools Says New McGraw-Hill Construction Study

The growth of the green building market will drive adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, according to a new SmartMarket Report, Green BIM: How Building Information Modeling is Contributing to Green Design and Construction, released by McGraw-Hill Construction.

Practice Matters: BIM Streamlines Business
AIA Dallas

by Darren L. James, AIA

Preparing for economic downturns is a matter of strategic planning. However, the effects of tough economic times can be mitigated with fiscal and management
practices that account for reduced receivables and the residual impact that has on daily business operations. The investment and adoption of a robust building information modeling (BIM) platform is one of the business decisions KAI Texas made to increase our value-added service to clients and to streamline design activities.

Crate & Barrel Uses BIM to Reduce Project Costs and Time

U.S. retailer Crate & Barrel has utilized BIM in its construction projects since 2002 when company executives made a strategic decision to adopt the technology. The company's director of construction says BIM is allowing the retailer to continue building during the tough economic times, reporting that current projects take 40 percent less time and cost 50 percent less to complete than projects built before utilizing BIM. Click on the link below to read the complete article featured in Daily Commercial News and Construction Record.

http://dcnonl.com/article/id38245

Information Age: BIM in the Field
School Construction News

by Darren L. James, AIA

The design and construction industry has been aware for some time of building information modeling. Some have been reluctant to embrace BIM while others have adopted it with open arms and invested in its implementation. This has resulted in a slow migration to adoption across the entire design and construction community.

Designing Sports Stadiums Using BIM

New York Construction magazine recently featured an article in its BIM Special Section on how BIM was used to design and build the new Yankee and Meadowlands stadiums. The reporter interviewed project team representatives on both stadiums and this is what they had to say about BIM: http://newyork.construction.com/features/archive/2009/04_F1_SportsModeli...

Source: New York Construction

Understanding Complexities of BIM in Healthcare Facility Design

St. Louis, MO-based KAI Design & Build's BIM Coordinator Adam Lega recently submitted an article to Healthcare Design magazine discussing the complexities of using BIM in the design of a healthcare facility.

Read the article here:
http://www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=Pub...

Source: Healthcare Design magazine