Eastside High School
NTD Stichler Architecture
A planning team comprising administrators, faculty, students, and the design team was formed to
develop specifications for Eastside High School.
The team toured existing schools in southern and
northern California, comparing and contrasting
their visions for the new school. Once the vision
was set, the same collaborative efforts were used
in the design process.
When the client specified that it would like to experience walking through the building before it was
to be built, building information modeling (BIM)
was the first consideration. NTD Stichler decided
Bentley BIM would best fulfill the client’s needs.
Using Bentley Architecture in the schematic
design phase of the project, the designers were
able to make progress and incorporate changes
on the floor plans as they also built the model in 3D.
This, in turn, allowed them to give the client a 3D fly-through rendition of moving throughout the campus.
The firm designed and produced massing models
to begin the design flow with the client. Changes
were manageable at this stage, as client needs
were continuously being evaluated. Using Bentley
Architecture, the firm took various camera views
at different angles, which allowed for quick
sketches/images to communicate to the client. ;
BIM FOR SIMULATION AND VISUALIZATION
Copenhagen Zoo—New Elephant House
Rambøll A/S 31
The Copenhagen Zoo houses a successfull breeding group of Asian elephants. Visitors to the zoo
will find the elephants enjoying vastly improved
facilities when the new elephant house opens. The
4000-square-meter outdoor enclosures will offer
the public views to a sloping, green landscape with
a new riverbed for the elephants.
architect Stig L. Andersson. Rambøll produced the
fully integrated 3D engineering design for the
building services and structures.
Using MicroStation and TriForma’s ability to
export STL and WRML formats from DGN design
files, Rambøll created a physical model to better
understand the forms and the relationship
between different parts of the building. The STL
export from MicroStation was used with a Zcorp
3D printer. The physical model immediately
increased the level of understanding in the
design group, and the client borrowed the
model to use it for fundraising presentations. ;
The new 3000-square-meter elephant house is
ventilated with a mixed use of natural and
mechanical air supply, and the entire building is
sunk into the ground to blend with the landscape.
This has the added benefit of reducing the building’s energy consumption and keeping the climatic conditions near-constant.
The elephant house was designed by the British
architect Lord Norman Foster while the landscape
design was prepared by the Danish landscape