Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Highlights of the gains in productivity
include: project-centric level standards with
Bentley Architecture; use of custom VBA
applications; increased productivity with the
use of the walls, doors, and window tools in
Bentley Architecture; seamless integration of
DWG files into projects; and improved visu-
alization tools that empower designers to
do more in less time. ;
LMN Architects planned to move from
MicroStation/J to MicroStation V8 and
Bentley Architecture—utilizing 2D/3D
Choice tools—within four months. Among its
goals was to start at least one project using
the full capabilities of building information
modeling workflows within one year.
Key tasks for this project included: migrating applicable current CAD standards, creating new MicroStation V8-centric CAD standards, documenting all these standards,
migrating old CAD resources, creating new
MicroStation V8-centric CAD resources, setting up project workspaces, creating custom
productivity tools, and training all staff to use
MicroStation V8 and Bentley Architecture.
NEW TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION
Jackson T. Stephens Spine
& Neurosciences Institute
Cromwell Architects Engineers
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Located on a medical center campus, this
13-story 214,000-square-foot building houses
clinics, teaching and research labs, physicians’ offices, rehab facilities, and a 350-seat
auditorium. The major challenge was to
design a building that was flexible and
could be finished out on any floor for a variety of multiple uses.
Completed in 2003, the exterior design is
contextual with its environment and evokes
the image of the human spine by using precast concrete“vertebrae” which are inserted
into the walls of the towers flanking the
front entry. These cylindrical “spine” towers
are arranged at each corner and deliver the
air, water, gases, and electrical systems that
keep the building alive. ;