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Lean Design & Construction - Evolving Processes

Posted by Jason Lee on Feb 10, 2015 at 11:13 AM

Concurrent with completing the largest Ambulatory Surgery Center on the East Coast, I had the opportunity to present our success with Building Information Modeling at the 16th Annual Lean Construction Institute Congress held in October 2014 in San Francisco.

Co-presenting with Turner Construction, we set the pace for the conference, kicking off the presentations to an audience of 150 people, with an hour and a half discussion on Leveraging BIM for Success. We each discussed our process of overcoming obstacles of the traditional Design – Bid – Build process.

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Topics: BIM, knowledge sharing, lean design

Utilizing BIM for Aggressive Healthcare Project Schedules

Posted by Jason Lee on Oct 28, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Featured in Healthcare Global, October 2014.

Do you think your architect and contractor could design and construct a 12-story, 280,000 SF Ambulatory Surgery Center with 12 ORs in less than 18 months? What if your site already had foundation and setback approvals in place for office/hotel use and any changes would require you to resubmit for planning approvals?  What if it was located in a major metropolitan area? What if you had an estimated $12.6M in tax incentives based on achieving substantial completion in 18 months?

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Topics: BIM, ambulatory care

Setting a New Trend: Live Audience Polling at ENR's NYC Pulse Conference

Posted by Jeffrey Drucker on Apr 10, 2014 at 8:31 AM

On February 26, 2014, I moderated a panel of experts for the McGraw Hill/Engineering News Record's " The Pulse 5 - The Future of Healthcare" in NYC. The conference explored issues currently shaping national and regional healthcare construction markets. The panel focused on

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Topics: BIM, architecture, polling, healthcare design, IPD, Array, ENR Pulse 5, architects, Jeffrey Drucker, continuous improvement, hospital design, array architects

Support of New York City Revit Users Group

Posted by Guest Contributor on Mar 11, 2014 at 4:25 PM

As president of the New York City Revit User Group (NYCRUG), I am proud to be associated with Array Architects and our decision to support NYCRUG with a significant contribution of in-kind services.  I know from many years of firsthand experience the effort and time it takes to run a “local” user group with a global reach, so I’m very excited that Array Architects recognize the value of the resources needed to do a world class job. It will certainly assist our group in leveraging technology to improve the practice of architecture, engineering, construction and operations.

Array’s contribution, valued at $25,000, will elevate the Group’s already highly regarded reputation by dedicating time to organize and manage the needs of this effort and will allow the Group to better deliver Revit and Design Technology knowledge to the professional community throughout NYC and beyond. Array’s president, Carl Davis, appreciates the importance to the design industry our group offers, “Robert is a design industry thought leader, one I am proud to have on Array’s team. He is a positive influence on our industry and on those who share his passion for advancing technologies.”

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Topics: BIM, AIA, New York City Revit Users Group

Ten Ideas about BIM

Posted by Guest Contributor on Dec 18, 2013 at 5:51 AM

BIM is a game changer

Adopting Building Information Modeling (BIM) in architectural practices is not the same as what the industry experienced with transitioning to CAD 20 years ago. CAD simply replaced hand drafting with computer drafting. The technology was different, but the process remained the same.

BIM is both a technology and a process. This forces firms to reevaluate how they produce their design services. The winners will differentiate themselves by focusing on producing services that their clients expect, for instance, that impact time, money and quality.

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Topics: BIM, architecture, healthcare design, continuous improvement, advisory services, hospital design

What's in the Future for BIM?

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jun 18, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Many architecture and engineering firms have invested in BIM technology and workflows in the past five years. Many of our clients have also embraced BIM to support their facility management needs. What can design firms and owners do NOW to increase the ROI of BIM?

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Topics: BIM, architecture, healthcare design, Robert Mencarini, continuous improvement, hospital design

Project Planning for Building Information Modeling – Part 2

Posted by Carl Davis on Oct 04, 2012 at 10:26 AM

As I described in Part 1, the BIM Plan is developed through a series of four collaborative meetings. Each meeting is followed by tasks accomplished in smaller work groupsor by individuals and take place between the larger team sessions. The meetings address the following topics:

Goals & Uses:

The first step and arguably one of the most important in the planning process is to clearly define the potential value of BIM for both the project and team members. This is accomplished by defining the goals of each team member on the project. Goals can take a number of forms, but should always be specific to the project, measurable both from a project perspective and a company perspective and should strive to improve team members’ capabilities. Goals should address, but not be limited to, project performance and efficiency of project delivery tasks by the team. Once goals have been established, the team should identify the different BIM uses to pursue (i.e. energy modeling, cost estimation, etc.) to achieve these goals. By identifying potential BIM uses and the responsible parties for each potential use and by understanding the current capabilities of team members, the team can assess the risk associated with each use and determine whether or not to implement that use.

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Topics: planning, BIM, healthcare design, IPD, Array, Carl Davis, building information modeling, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, advisory services, hospital design, integrated project delivery

BIM – It’s Not Just for Clash Detection

Posted by Jonathan Bykowski on Sep 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

While Building Information Modeling (BIM) is widely accepted as a means to improve our construction documents and aid in field coordination, I saw little value to my teams during the early design phases. It seemed slower and more cumbersome than the traditional way we documented the project as the early development occurred. As we continued to use this powerful tool, however, I started to see opportunities to think about our traditional process differently and perhaps eliminate some of the trouble spots we repeatedly face on projects.

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Topics: BIM, architecture, healthcare design, ACA, IPD, Array, renovation, Jonathan Bykowski, hospitals, building information modeling, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, array architects, integrated project delivery

Operational Planning and Continuous Design

Posted by Jonathan Bykowski on Jul 23, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Healthcare facilities can be places of great hope and healing. Through their design they can offer patients, family members and staff access to restorative spaces, nature, respite and community all within the context of exceptional care. Exceptional architecture achieves these goals in service to the needs of those who will use and operate the buildings. Understanding how clinicians and staff work and then implementing a design that will promote a facility’s operational plan is the cornerstone of a successful project.

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Topics: BIM, architecture, specialty architecture, healthcare design, IPD, Array, renovation, Jonathan Bykowski, hospitals, building information modeling, architects, healthcare, array architects, integrated project delivery

Project Planning for Building Information Modeling - Part 1

Posted by Carl Davis on Jun 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM

The value that BIM can create for project delivery teams and building owners has been the subject of many detailed studies, well written articles and reports over the past few years. Most detail the key advantages of Building Information Modeling (BIM) as being improved decision making and reduction in costly field changes that result from the development of detailed information and analysis achieved much earlier in the building process. While these benefits represent the low hanging fruit, there are many other opportunities, often ignored by project teams, to provide significant additional value. Increases in cost of healthcare construction combined with the complexity inherent in healthcare projects present an opportunity for project teams to deliver enhanced value to the owner throughout the life cycle of the building.

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Topics: planning, BIM, architecture, healthcare design, IPD, Array, Carl Davis, renovation, hospitals, building information modeling, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, array architects, integrated project delivery