Educating more than 3 million students during its 77-year history, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is the largest such district in the United States. AECOM heads BuildLACCD, the project management organization for the final phase of a 14-year, USD 6 billion program to modernize and renovate the district’s nine colleges, and design and build 67 new buildings. Financed through bond programs supplemented by state funding, the ambitious program is mandating the use of BIM technology and processes.
LACCD’s comprehensive BIM standards list approved software for every function performed on the design-build projects, and specify ProjectWise as the central repository for all project information. Using ProjectWise, participants from over 200 firms involved have controlled, secure access to the 3 million files required to complete their jobs effectively. The BIM standards also require i-models for each building to incorporate all data and disciplines, improving coordination among multiple entities.
The use of ProjectWise saved LACCD an estimated USD 12 million in labor, through time saved in searching for files, and reduced rework due to improved collaboration and version control. The acclaimed BIM standards have facilitated the construction of LEED-certified buildings that have won numerous awards for energy efficiency and green technology. Wide-spread use of solar energy will contribute to a positive work and learning environment for the rapidly growing student body.
The BIM technology deployed on this project includes AECOsim Building Designer, Descartes, MicroStation, Navigator, and ProjectWise. As part of the approved BIM solution, Bentley software is used by hundreds of project participants including architects, designers, engineers, construction managers, contractors, and consultants. Navigator streamlines BIM reviews and issue resolution, while Navigator Mobile allows participants to view project information and reliably resolve issues from the office, onsite, or the field.