BIM coordination enables quick, efficient building renovation

Collaboration on building information modeling among owner, tenant, contractors, engineers and architects enabled them to transform an older building in Chicago into a state-of-the-art headquarters for Hillshire Brands in just 10 months. By defining space type and square footage of rooms and using 3D models, BIM was able to calculate mechanical codes and ventilation requirements so construction could be efficiently scheduled, writes Amanda Carter of Environmental Systems Design, which worked on the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection aspects of the project. Also, changes could be made automatically to coordinate with construction documents to speed modifications.

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