The $240 million Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla., will integrate
outpatient and inpatient services to ensure that children have continuity
in healthcare. Design of the facility involved coordination of programmatic
elements, building systems, security, and structural components. Florida’s
Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA) was particularly concerned
about separating mechanical systems for inpatient and outpatient areas.
Stanley Beaman & Sears used Bentley Architecture to optimize the design
for temperature regulation, daylighting, and energy conservation. Building
information modeling was used to perform energy calculations for LEED Gold
certification. Throughout the process, the designers collaborated with team
members who employed various other platforms, including Autodesk Revit
Structure and Autodesk Revit Architecture.
Bentley Architecture allowed the firm to integrate these models through the use
of the IFC file format and i-model, Bentley’s container for open infrastructure
information exchange formats. It also enabled the import of system layouts
from the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers who were modeling in
Autodesk. Sectional views from the combined model were presented to ACHA
and were instrumental in obtaining final approval. The integrated model was
also used for weekly coordination meetings. The collaborative workflows that
resulted saved time and minimized coordination errors, reducing costs.