HDR's design of the Central Washington Hospital Expansion Project in Wenatchee, Washington, received an honorable mention award in the American Institute of Architects' Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Building Information Model (BIM) awards. The national TAP BIM awards highlight award-winning "best of breed" case studies that harness BIM technology and processes to further design, construction and project excellence.
From the architect's perspective, BIM was used to develop the exterior schemes; position the building; model the interior spaces to capture the best views of the nearby Cascade Range foothills; create virtual mockups of rooms; coordinate MEP designs; and to verify the design of the curtain wall and exterior envelope. The use of BIM resulted in less redesign, lower costs, and better communication amongst all team members throughout design and construction. The realistic model of the building also helped get early stakeholder design buy-in, and played an important role in maintaining design integrity.
Once the model was created, the hospital's construction partner, Mortenson Construction
, developed applications of BIM through implementation of new standards and tools on the jobsite, such as mobile computer stations that allowed tablet computers in the field. This innovation gave workers access to the model at all times from anywhere on the jobsite. The team also used smart board technology and a large touch screen computer in the jobsite office to interact with the model and electronic documents. When the project was complete, the team provided a similar touch screen computer to the hospital's facilities management team that contained a complete as-built model linked to electronic documents, in-wall photos, and electronic O&M manuals and shop drawings with the goal of revolutionizing the facility management experience.