COMMUNICATING THROUGH VISUALIZATION
The $224 million improvements to the Route 29/Linton Hall Road interchange
in Gainesville, Va., include two new overpasses: one carrying Route 29 over
Norfolk Southern Railroad and one carrying Linton Hall and Gallerher roads over
the railroad and Route 29. The grade-separated interchange at Route 29/Linton
Hall Road will make Route 29 a limited-access facility. Route 29 will also be
widened to six lanes.
The Virginia DOT retained McCormick Taylor to create four computer-generated
simulations and an 80-second animation showing traffic flow through the
completed interchanges. These visualizations help the community understand
how to drive through the upgraded areas. The firm used GEOPAK, InRoads, and
MicroStation to create an accurate visualization that the public could trust.
Selser Schaefer Architects
Tulsa Community College Center for Creativity
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Located in the urban setting of Tulsa, Okla., the Tulsa Community College Center
for Creativity is a $15.5 million facility housing media production, distance
learning, digital media arts, visual arts, computer services, and multipurpose
assemblies. The layout had to address the building’s array of dual functions:
public versus private space, light-seeking versus light-sensitive space, and
sound-sensitive versus sound-producing space.
The architect presented a design with a contemporary aesthetic atypical
of existing campus structures. Using Bentley Architecture’s visualization
capabilities, the architect illustrated both the contemporary aesthetic of the
building’s design and its harmonious relationship with the existing campus
buildings. These visualizations gave the client a way to understand the importance
of the cutting-edge vision that allowed the original design to remain intact.