INNOVATION IN BUILDING
Danang City, Vietnam
Miami Valley Hospital
Dayton, Ohio, United States
The work at Miami Valley Hospital seeks to redefine the hospital’s identity
within the region by transforming the way the campus is experienced by
patients, staff, and the Dayton, Ohio, community. The $135 million campus
renewal includes the new Heart Tower, a 12-story 440,000-square-foot facility
that combines an integrated heart center with seven floors of acuity adaptable
patient rooms. The fast-track project schedule demanded a robust building
information model (BIM) that would promote simultaneous collaboration
among the design team, consultants, constructors, and client.
The BIM-enabled integrated design process inspired NBBJ to use the modeling
as a tool for prefabrication. BIM was used to develop the in-patient room
design and coordinate the complex medical systems. The model was an
invaluable tool in understanding and communicating how the patient room
could be prefabricated. It was also used to develop a prefabrication approach
to modular above-ceiling MEP racks, unitized curtain walls, and demountable
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Bentley Architecture provided a BIM platform that generated construction
documents, presentation imagery, rapid prototypes, environmental studies, and
design studies. The landscape design, exterior envelope, interior architecture,
furniture, fixtures, and medical equipment were also developed within this
environment. The flexibility of Bentley Architecture allowed NBBJ to reference
in structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing models created in Revit.
For successful project delivery, the team had to be in constant communication.
Having a platform that could bring together models from every discipline was
critical to the collaboration. The renewal of the Miami Valley Hospital campus
conveys the hospital’s commitment to clinical excellence as well as provides
a welcoming setting that is open and green. Notable sustainability features
include energy and water reduction of 14 percent and 20 percent, respectively.
The project is on track to become NBBJ’s and the region’s first LEED-certified
acute, inpatient hospital.