John Portman & Associates | San Diego, California, United States
Lane Field North
Hamkar Company | Halabja, Iraq
Monument of Halabja
Innovation in Building
The Halabja Monument is a memorial to the 1988 bombing of Halabja City in Iraq, the worst chemical-weapon massacre in history. At 11 floors
tall, the monument is a symbol of hope and tangible evidence of revitalization for a devastated city slowly rebuilding itself. The challenge of
this project was to design a building whose vertical axis leans 7 degrees, which is more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa at 5 degrees.
The use of RAM and Structural Synchronizer on this USD 3.2 million project provided an economical design of reinforced steel and concrete
that decreased overall project delivery time by 30 percent and overall project costs by 40 percent. Because of the software’s efficiencies,
Hamkar currently is able to prepare project designs faster, which has increased the number of projects in which the company can participate.
This project was all about location and optimizing the unique qualities of the San Diego, California, waterfront. Lane Field North is ideally
located to serve the cruise line industry, which has its boarding docks adjacent to the site. The development features a dual-branded hotel
comprising a 253-room SpringHill Suites and a 147-room Residence Inn, in addition to approximately 27,000 square feet of retail space.
A major benefit of using AECOsim Building Designer was the ease with which John Portman & Associates could assemble a large and
complex model in a way that allowed multiple team members to collaborate without bottlenecks. The teams shared and integrated data
from various platforms – such as a structural model from Revit and landscape design files from AutoCAD – into 3D BIM created using
AECOsim Building Designer.
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