City of Austin New System Control Center

BIM Project Green Project

Conversion of 120,000-sq.-ft. former semiconductor testing facility to data center, energy control center, and offices. The scope of the project includes salvage and re-use of equipment and materials, renovations, new construction, and site work. Project is pursuing LEED Silver certification.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools are being used to streamline coordination of equipment installation and to resolve clashes before designs are complete. At the construction mid-way point, the team has identified 400 major clashes that have led to re-sizing of ductwork, lowering ceilings and re-routing of mechanical and electrical systems. The mechanical team estimates that the electronic coordination has saved them approximately two months on the schedule and $50,000-$10,000 due to lack of conflicts.

DPR created the architectural, structural and miscellaneous support models. The mechanical and electrical subcontractors each created their scopes in the model, as did the telecommunication and fire protection contractors. The subcontractors have gained the most use of the models through multidiscipline coordination, shop drawing creation and visuals to attach to RFIs.

At the end of the project, the model will be handed over to the owner to use with their ‘as-built’ documentation and facility management.

Green Features

  • The project is pursuing LEED Silver certification.
  • Salvage and re-use of materials.
  • Sustainable materials for new construction.
  • Jobsite recycling.

BIM Features

  • Bluebeam for viewing 3D PDFs and to mark up shop drawings and contract documents. 
  • Navisworks Manage to coordinate the models (i.e. Clash detection). 
  • Navisworks Freedom to allow other subcontractors, engineer, architects, owners, and Superintendents access the model for free.
  • Revit Architecture Structure, & MEP (2011 & 2012) for modeling electrical, architectural, and structural models. 
  • AutoCAD for modeling ductwork/plumbing and for creating shop drawings.
  • Google Sketchup for quick 3D interpretive visuals.

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