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Flansburgh Architects Transitions to Open BIM

By Construction Tech Review | Monday, September 14, 2020

Flansburgh Architects Transitions to Open BIM

Flansburgh Architects plans new school building project by leveraging software solutions from Nemetschek Group.

FREMONT, CA: Flansburgh Architects achieves the Leadership in Energy and Environment (LEED) Gold certification on new school building project by leveraging software solutions from the Nemetschek Group, including Vectorworks, Bluebeam and Solibri. The Holbrook project has been certified LEED Gold. It boasts 35 per cent water savings and 34 per cent energy savings.

The new school combines Holbrooks three existing schools into one building, which will now serve more than 1,000 students from pre-kindergarten through to Grade 12. The building measures more than 200,000 square feet spread across two floors. It is organized by an internal circulation spine bent around the campus green that integrates the lower elementary school entrance on one end of the curve to the upper middle-high school entrance on the other end curve. The shared common spaces and academic neighbourhoods are accessed directly off this main path of circulation. The defining element of the exterior of the building involved the use of a distinctive pre-patinated copper panel system along the entire front curve of the building. This specific building material was opted for its timeless quality and served as a natural backdrop for the new campus green.

Before the Holbrook project, Flansburgh had already used BIM among the internal design team for architectural documentation and coordination. Deploying BIM for the coordination was a fairly intuitive process for them. The company has been utilizing BIM for years, as it gives a collaborative model with multiple kinds of data attached to it. The challenge came in expanding its collaboration to work with the consulting engineers and handing off the models to the construction team for this specific project. And it is when Flansburgh decided to transition to Open BIM. It allowed the multi-disciplinary design team to use their preferred system.

For the New Holbrook School, Flansburgh Architects used their preferred software in the BIM process, which included the Nemetschek brands Vectorworks, Solibri, and Bluebeam. The engineers developed structural and MEP models in other software tools in a smooth workflow due to Vectorworks ability to handle IFC files for an Open BIM exchange. Solibri Office served as the quality control tool, checking the model to identify collisions and prevent errors. Bluebeam was deployed for document reviews and comments, and the overall coordination and to issue of sketches to project stakeholders.

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