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Innovation in Building



Morphosis Architects

Emerson College Los Angeles – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

This mixed-use facility establishes Boston-based Emerson’s identity in Los Angeles, California. Designed by Morphosis Architects to be a magnet for activity, it provides an iconic setting for premieres, events, and student showcases that draw the general public, students, and industry professionals. The new USD 85 million facility will also host workshops, lectures, and other events that engage the broader community.

The investment in BIM on this project allowed for seamless workflows among the architect, project consultants, and subcontractors, so detailed 3D models could easily be shared among all key stakeholders. This integrated approach – largely built on AECOsim Building Designer, GenerativeComponents, MicroStation, Bentley Navigator, and ProjectWise – allowed the project team to deliver a state-of-the-art academic building on schedule and on budget.



John Portman & Associates

Yinchuan Greenland Center – (Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China)

For this mixed-use project, John Portman & Associates combined above-ground office, hotel, and boutique retail spaces with ample auto and bicycle parking below ground. When completed, the towers will be the tallest in the Ningxia Hui region of China. In a nod to the literal meaning of Yinchuan, the towers are linked by a “silver river” in the form of a podium building with a sinuous form.

The 3D BIM model created in GenerativeComponents and AECOsim Building Designer enabled the firm to meet the demanding design schedule by facilitating better design decisions and fostering communications among teams. The design team was brought together early in the design process to coordinate efforts and establish strategies for efficiency in construction, function, materials, water, energy, daylight, and site usage to achieve the project goals.



MWM Architekci Sp. z o.o.

Hotel ArÅ‚amów – (Ustrzyki Dolne, Podkarpacie, Poland)

This PLN 300 million project in Ustrzyki Dolne, Poland, was a hotel complex that included a hotel, conference center, sports hall, football stadium, and golf course on a historical site. Integrated data coordination allowed MWM Architekci Sp. z o.o. to avoid errors during the design stage, which resulted in more rapid construction.

AECOsim Building Designer, GenerativeComponents, InRoads, MicroStation, Bentley Navigator, ProjectWise, and ProSteel provided seamless data exchange among a large group of designers and offices during design. As a result, the team produced an accurate 3D model. The tight integration of engineering data and efficient team collaboration also eliminated design errors that would have impacted implementation down the road.

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