Penn State University win Construction Owners Association of America award for BIM project

Credit:Penn State University
Credit:Penn State University

Penn State University are celebrating Building Information Modelling success after their new Health & Human Development (HHD) building scooped a prestigious award.

The Pennsylvania, US-based educational facility was bestowed a Construction Owners Association of America award in the 2015 Gold Project Leadership Award category, a project that was the second phase of development for the HHD department.

The university is committed to utilising BIM, and the design team had to provide a Building Information Model on bid day along with traditional plans. All parties involved in the project had never collaborated within a BIM workflow before, but despite their little experience, the project was of award winning standard.

Construction coordination was reduced by 50% and according to the official Penn State website, nearly zero field clashes were reported in the new 95,000-square-foot portion of the building.

“Penn State realized higher quality and value because of the collaboration on this project,” explained Rachel Prinkey, Project Manager with the Office of Physical Plant. “Creating that environment on construction projects is not easy.

“The award is a tribute to the team of craftsmen that built the Health and Human Development Building.”

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