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MDT Designs Heartland Health Center with ArchiCAD

October 13th, 2014 by Mary Moscarello

This article was first published on the BIM Engine Blog by ArchiCAD.

Our readers know that we have some amazing firms and sole proprietors using ArchiCAD. Manske Dieckmann Thompson (MDT) is just such a firm that has been profiled here in our blog before. Since we last caught up with this Chicago based design firm – the team has had several projects come to fruition – one in particular officially opened to the public.

Construction on their most recent project, the Heartland Health Center Devon (HHCD) began in October of last year and completed at the end of this summer. Modeled entirely in ArchiCAD, MDT relied on the software to manage and coordinate data from engineers working on the project.

“Our engineers are 2D drafters, so using ArchiCAD we roughly lay out the duct work in the model so we can coordinate everything. An aspect of the design called for exposed steel – so it was modeled in detail. We developed an axonometric projection in the model that shows the steel with the roof removed, to help illustrate the interior layout.”

ArchiCAD MDTHHCD officially opened its doors on Monday, Sept. 29th. Located in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, the 9200 square foot health center features geothermal heating and a photovoltaic system. It is designed with an R-40 wall and roof, built with staggered steel studs to decrease thermal bridging. Bricks and stone from a building that was on the existing site prior to construction (a vacant funeral home) were reclaimed, recycled and used in the façade of the health center. MDT designed the building with aluminum windows and storefronts that have thermally broken frames and lowE insulated glass.  Day lighting is found in all occupied spaces by taking advantage of generous windows and in some instances, skylights.   Where artificial lighting is needed, the center uses high efficiency fluorescent fixtures.

These sustainable elements in the center factor in to the project’s being projected LEED Platinum.

ArchiCAD MDTMDT architect, Larry Dieckmann says in addition to its having a sustainable design, HHCD has provided several positives to the surrounding community. “The federally qualified health center opens its doors to anyone and everyone. Providing services on a sliding scale – the goal is to make healthcare accessible to people living in the area.  The fact that we have been able to incorporate ‘green’ elements into the building, such as the efficient building envelope and the center courtyard, which brings daylight inside throughout, is a bonus as well as adding a nice oasis of green to the location.”

The central garden or courtyard Dieckmann refers to also is where all storm runoff drains. The system is designed to allow rainwater to absorb naturally into the ground water. The center’s landscaping is xerigraphic, requiring no irrigation after it is established.

ArchiCAD MDTMDT is also working with the developer on several other sites that are in close proximity to the center. Using ArchiCAD, the team is modeling the three other sites (residential over commercial and administrative facilities for HHCD) across two city blocks.

“The ArchiCAD model contains all the elements needed to demonstrate to the developer and the community what is happening in terms of that immediate area. The software is serving to help us communicate our design intent from a holistic perspective for multiple buildings.”

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