Architects in Michigan are also leveraging virtual reality technology and, and this is a very new area for architecture and engineering and construction industry, but it’s a very powerful tool when trying to describe a space to a client when, especially when we’re remodel or not just remodeling but building new construction when there is no building to think of or when there, when there is no building on site. To think about virtual reality is a way to shape space with your client and quickly produce indoor environments and, and navigate a client through a space very quickly. And we can take our building information model and export it into this virtual reality engine and develop quick interior mockups. So it makes the communication of architecture much more clear and concise. And to the point then if we were to show traditional floor plans, sections, elevations, yes we understand our, our clients are sophisticated and, and can read drawings, but sometimes the information conveyed between a floor plan and a section is not enough.
And utilizing the cutting edge three dimensional design tools is an even better method to presenting the project and having your client understand clearly and concisely what they’re going to get an image of the final product at a very early stage in the process so that there are less questions and less concerns about, developing the budget and finishing the construction detailing of that project. Architects in Michigan can use these three dimensional design tools to also avoid pitfalls during construction. This building information model is a critical model that can integrate not only the architectural elements of walls, floors, roofs, windows and doors, but also the structural framework if it’s steel or concrete or wood. your mechanical systems, your large mechanical units, the vast amount of Ductwork, the vast amount of fire suppression sprinkler piping that is critical in, in its positioning in the building. the electrical locations of lights, switches, occupancy sensors, all of the eagerness requirements for emergency lighting and exit signage.
All of these components that make up the final product of the building, not only in the aesthetics but in the pure function of the building can all be modeled into the building information model, which, which improves the accuracy of the model, but it also improves the coordination when going into construction. So before these three dimensional tools existed, Architects in Michigan and engineers relied on the coordination of our two dimensional documents with long and drawn out meetings with contractors to ensure that they understand that a mechanical duct is not going to be intersected by a steel beam. And that there’s a sequence in order of operations into choreographing the construction of a building. And they’re extreme, extremely. There are very many examples of these pitfalls of coordination Kering in, in the built environment where architects, engineers, contractors have lost major lawsuits due to the, miscommunication and poor coordination of the construction process.
So using this three dimensional virtual model, Architects in Michigan are able to plug in all of this critical data of the finished building into the design process before a shovel hits the ground in order to avoid major cost overruns. It’s much faster and easier to catch a mistake in the, in the digital model before you are in construction and have ordered all of your building components which would require, immense costs in changing the schedule, changing the order and reconfiguring parts of a building in order to fix these mistakes. And this is something that we utilize on all of our projects as small as small as commercial and residential remodels, tenant improvement projects, and all the way up to new construction, multimillion dollar buildings. This is a valuable tool that can be implemented at any scale and in any condition, whether it’s a new construction project or an existing, an existing building that’s getting renovated.
This building information modeling tool would benefit Mary free bed and Covenant Hospital specifically because of the proposed condition of building this new 90,000 square foot outpatient inpatient clinic. But it also incorporates two sky bridges that are going to have to be critically and carefully planned to connect to the existing campus of buildings at the Covenant Hospital. And that’s something that building information modeling tool is prime use and critical, benefit to this project. Architects in Michigan ensure that there is a minimal to no confusion or collision when connecting these brand new sky bridges to a new building and the existing campus. So in your case, you have both a new construction and existing condition, project that is critical to be captured in our design phase before we have any construction problems occur in the field.
Architects in Michigan, are a forward thinking architecture design firm that seeks out collaborative partnerships and utilizes newer technology in the design field such as three dimensional software, virtual reality. we tried to leverage these tools and use them to the best of their capacity in order to communicate, communicate to our clients. And part of that process, which is software driven, is that the design, the design process changes and can be shortened greatly by using the building information model to program more data into the design and an early stage of the process rather than a straight stretch it out over a longer span as in the traditional design process, with two dimensional drawings. And so as was mentioned in the Rfq Walkthrough, the, the project is anticipated to be using and modified version of integrated project delivery and our building information software is a critical component to that.