Perkins Eastman talk how “BIM is changing the face of architecture”

Lenox Health Greenwich Village. Credit: Perkins Eastman
Lenox Health Greenwich Village. Credit: Perkins Eastman

An interview published online with a Junior Architect working for New York-based architecture firm Perkins Eastman has revealed a trove of interesting project information and anecdotal fun.

Speaking with Technically/Delaware, Robert Herrera recalls the moment he took a tour of the Lenox Health Greenwich Village, a BIM project that he himself designed. The contractor leading the tour had no idea of this fact however.

“So they tell me this young kid sat in this room by himself and coordinated all this stuff,” the contractor said. “Can you believe this young kid coordinated 300 ducts coming down here, shooting across the ceiling to a quarter of an inch away from each light fixture and each fire-protection sprinkler system?”

Building Information Modelling – and another seven members of Robert’s team made such intricate installation possible. He also believes that having BIM expertise was the only reason he was able to get a job in the industry during the US recession in 2009.

“Because one person [using the software] could do five people’s jobs,” Herrera explained. “All the older people hated me, all their buddies just got laid off. I had to tell people I was an intern.”

Despite buildings no longer taking a lifetime to build – “Building a building took a lifetime. That’s not so long ago in the grand scheme of humanity” – Herrera believes that despite buildings taking much less time to build nowadays, they won’t last as long as those that took longer to construct. He elaborated: “I don’t believe the buildings we build today will last as long as those built back when it took a lifetime to build one building.

“Particularly good architecture reflects the society it’s building for, and that’s our society today. Four centuries from now, when people look back on our time period, they’ll think of the kings of our time — Facebook, Google, banks — and there are monuments to them that are slapstick buildings, built cheap and efficiently.”

Certainly an interest viewpoint, yet do you agree?

To read the full interview that sees Robert also talk about other BIM projects he has worked on, click here.

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