The USD 135 million project sought to redefine the way the hospital was experienced by patients, staff, and the community. The renewal of the campus includes the new Heart Tower, a 12-story, 440,000-square-foot facility that combines an integrated heart center with seven floors of acuity-adaptable patient rooms, and a central courtyard softening the campus center with green space and reduced vehicular traffic. The fast-track project schedule demanded a robust building information model that would promote simultaneous collaboration among the design team, consultants, constructors, and client.
Bentley’s BIM software provided NBBJ with the collaborative modeling tools necessary to integrate the design process. NBBJ used Bentley Architecture (now AECOsim Building Designer) as a platform to bring together models from every discipline. The BIM-enabled integrated design process inspired NBBJ to use the model for prefabrication. Using a BIM driven approach, NBBJ was better able to understand and communicate how the inpatient rooms could be prefabricated. Working in an integrated BIM environment accelerated accurate information sharing among all project participants, allowing NBBJ to meet tight scheduling and client requirements.
Bentley BIM software facilitated flexible and collaborative information modeling, improving coordination and communication among multiple disciplines, a critical component to the successful delivery of the project. The software’s capabilities inspired NBBJ to explore BIM-enabled prefabrication initiatives expected to result in improved construction quality, a shorter work schedule, and the reduction of waste. The project earned LEED silver certification with sustainability features including energy and water reduction of 14% and 20%, respectively.
Bentley Architecture (now AECOsim Building Designer) provided NBBJ a BIM platform to generate construction documents, presentation imagery, rapid prototypes, and environmental and design studies. The landscape design, exterior envelope, interior architecture, furniture, fixtures, and medical equipment were also developed within this integrated environment. The software’s flexibility allowed NBBJ to incorporate structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing models created in Revit and AutoCAD.