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How ArchiCAD Increases Project Delivery on Renovation Projects

June 23rd, 2014 by Mary Moscarello

On Friday morning during AIA Chicago, GRAPHISOFT is sponsoring a presentation entitled Increase Project Delivery Efficiency on Renovation Projects Utilizing BIM Strategies and Workflows. We get it – the session starts very early – 7 am but it will be SO WORTH IT.


ArchiCAD for RenovationBecause renovation projects represent a huge chunk of the architecture projects out there today. They require careful planning, phasing, and coordination. And making sure that your model contains relevant information can be time-consuming. So maybe it isn’t in your wheelhouse to take on renovations, but it should be and can be efficiently done with ArchiCAD.

Presenters, Jennifer Costanzo, Principal, STR Partners and Kyla Kuhnlein | AIA | LEED AP BD+C are going to change how you view renovation projects. Their discussion about using renovation filters and override styles that are available in the ArchiCAD is not to be missed.

The techniques they’ll discuss saved them approximately 100 work hours – a major accomplishment considering the middle school they were tasked with updating was considered “functionally obsolete”.

“ArchiCAD saved us time in creating design options,” said Costanzo. “Using the renovation filters in the software made it was easier to go through the choices of what to keep and what to tear down, and even how to re-work that existing space.”

ArchiCAD for Renovation

The middle school, called the Calumet Middle School Addition project, really relied on the education experts at STR to be creative and clever. The school was located on a very small lot and construction happened while school was in session.

“The new building was twelve feet away from the existing one. You can imagine the safety concerns and logistics that had to be addressed. The model became more than a plan for the building, it helped our team capture and document the building design and graphically show all the phases of construction.”

If you think it is time for your firm to be able to deliver successful documentation of existing and new building elements, identification of demolition areas, setting up the phasing of demolition and construction, and communication of these elements and tasks to their consultants and the client – set your alarm, get up early and go to this session being held at 7am on Friday in the McCormick Place in Room S401 of the Hyatt Regency. You can nap later!

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