Our role isn’t just to develop plans, it’s also to effectively communicate those plans.
This is critical to the success of a project because we can only execute our partners’ vision by aligning everyone each step of the way.
But construction projects involve an exceptional amount of detailed information with many moving parts that can be challenging to comprehend.
To combat this, we use Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) to illustrate plans digitally during preconstruction and through to the end of a project.
The host of visual tools we use ranges from laser scanning that evaluates existing sites to 3D models and virtual reality environments that turn proposals into navigable mockups.
“Virtual Design brings things to life in a more detailed way and helps you really start to understand all of the components.”
By distilling complex plans into visuals, every party involved from our partners to architects and contractors can work from the same foundational understanding, equipping us to better hit deadlines and stay within budget.
In the past, architects would create scaled-down physical models that required meticulous detail and long hours.
Now, we utilize technology to efficiently create 3D digital models that allow partners to navigate their way through buildings, as well as get a birds’ eye view of the surrounding area.
3D models allow us to show the entire building process from constructing the main structure to adding systems and erecting walls – all in a matter of seconds.
We program it to align with the construction timeline, so partners can understand the steps it takes for it to all come together.
Some projects span entire campuses, so it’s critical to show the breadth and magnitude of a project.
Doing so allows us to decrease disruption because we’re able to strategically plan construction sites, including where to place construction trailers, equipment and dumpsters.
By drafting 3D models, we can also provide a detailed look inside a building.
Recently, to help a partner in their fundraising efforts for a YMCA, we created a 3D model of the inside of a proposed facility.
The simulation featured people seated in front of a modern fireplace opposite a long bay of windows that separated the lounge area from indoor pool lanes.
It provided donors with a vision for how this beautiful space could serve their community.
To further immerse partners in a proposed design, we turn to virtual reality, allowing them to virtually walk through a space just by donning a pair of goggles.
“With virtual reality, partners can start to feel the size of a room, whether it’s spacious or cramped, how the equipment and furniture fit – ultimately it provides them with a clear view of what’s to come.”
We used this approach with an OSF HealthCare medical office building that features exam rooms, a procedure room, lab and x-ray services, an exam room for rehabilitation and a nurse clinic.
OSF leadership were able to virtually explore the facility, walking through the layout and seeing the setup for each room to see where furniture and screens would be placed.
Through this process, they provided unparalleled feedback so that we could make their vision a reality down to every detail.