• Engbras

    Park City – The Glebe

    São Paulo, Brazil

Project Summary


A multi-purpose complex consisting of 10 buildings, six business towers, two residential towers, a shopping mall, and a hotel, the center will contain a park of 62,000 square meters with six restaurants, kiosks, and a bike path. Odebrecht developed this BRL 100 million project, with architectural design by Aflalo & Gasperini and sustainability consulting by Arup. Engbras modeled the concrete structural projects and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) installations.


Engbras received all projects in 2D format and modeled them in 3D to verify any interferences and inconsistencies. AECOsim Building Designer proved to be agile and user friendly, making it possible to aggregate these disciplines in the model with speed and quality, using a BIM methodology. By helping to reduce compatibility issues across disciplines, AECOsim Building Designer ensured that the project required fewer reviews and reached the next stage with fewer issues.


With a potential sales value of BRL 4 billion, the project promises to revitalize the region, transforming a degraded area into a benchmark for sustainability and urban planning. The LEED-certified buildings feature alignment of facades to maximize natural lighting and minimize cooling costs, treatment of grey water for use in irrigation, vacuum collection of garbage to ease recycling and waste disposal, and retention of rainwater to reduce impacts during rainy season.  


To work within the limited capacity of the onsite cement plant, Engbras found the best combination of precast and molded-in situ structures. Structures were modeled using AECOsim Building Designer, and construction sequences were linked to a planned schedule. Animations in DGN and 3D PDF aided analysis and selection of the types of structures to be adopted. For the MEP installations, AECOsim Building Designer accelerated the initial modeling, reliably integrated models, and simplified presentation of critical points.

  • AECOsim Building Designer helped to meet or precede deadlines, enabling Engbras to reduce project delivery costs.
  • Parque da Cidade developed solutions that enabled pursuit of green certifications, including LEED, AQUA, and LEED ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Neighborhood Development).
  • The projected population for the project area is 25,000 residents, and 40,000 surrounding residents and visitors.
  • "We used a lot of the interoperability capabilities of AECOsim Building Designer’s software to share the information generated in the models of other designers. The modeling speed and capacity of AECOsim Building Designer’s HVAC and plumbing tools were also very important."

    Silvio Kimura Architect Engbras