The use of building information modeling has been mandated for the design and construction of several complex projects at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The Outpatient Care Pavilion, a 1-million-square-foot facility, was the first project to comply with the mandate, and the project team needed to "collaboratively create a project-specific BIM execution plan" that would also serve as a model for optimizing the BIM process on all future jobs. This article looks at how the team worked, and how clash detection, field conflicts and design-coordination issues were dealt with.

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