BIM saves $10 million on budget for Collaborative Life Sciences Building in Oregon

Credit: Alene Davis
Credit: Alene Davis

A new online article posted on Fast Company has looked at how Building Information Modelling adoption saved $10 million on the initial budget for an Oregon, US based healthcare facility.

The Collaborative Life Sciences Building was estimated to cost $295 million yet the CO Architects, JE Dunn Construction and SERA Architects helmed project came substantially under budget thanks to BIM which aided the build “tremendously”.

28 different design teams including the likes of “civil engineers, landscape architects, roofing consultants, building code specialists, signage design” and more worked together on the development in aid of Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University and Portland State University. Autodesk‘s Navisworks and Revit software were the deemed the perfect BIM platforms for the project, whilst Bluebeam was selected as a CDE, or Common Data Environment.

An all-digital documentation process and the adoption of 3D technology from all contractors and sub-contractors were two reasons as to why the CLSB has been hailed as such a success.

Alene Davis, Associate Principal at SERA Architects explained: “While architects are early adopters of 3-D technology, to demand that all of our contributing consultants use it, and for the contractor to demand that all of their subcontractors use it is rare. CLSB is one of the few projects that has done that.

“The use of an all-digital [design and documentation] process sped up both coordination and construction. It’s hard to determine just how much time would have been added to the project if these processes hadn’t been as streamlined, but it’s safe to say we saved many months.”

To learn more about the implementation of BIM on the Collaborative Life Sciences Building in Portland, click here.

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