What are the principal advantages of using a single building information model of the existing conditions as the foundation for modeling proposed additions or renovations?
- Why not create a separate model for the new proposed design?
This allows designers to understand how the building will interact and be placed with the original design rather than stand alone. Additionally, this gets to the point- why reinvent the wheel. By working with the original design we will be able to fully understand the dynamic of the building past, present, and future.
What sort of complexities are introduced when you construct a building complex in phases?
- What happens at the interfaces between the buildings as the phases advance?
- How can you plan and prepare for these complexities as your create your initial building model?
What are the principal advantages of using a single building information model of the existing conditions as the foundation for modeling several proposed design alternatives for a portion of the building?
- Why not create a separate model for each of the design alternatives?
In your project, which features of the proposed design did you choose to model as design alternatives?
- I built a 3 story glass half-rotunda in my original design. I realized this level of openness may not be desired by occupants and energy engineers. Therefore I changed the design to have an option to have just a roof observatory and 2 stores of veneer instead.
- My original design wanted to keep as much space in the original building as intact as possible. From my placement I could not find a connection between the two buildings that did not compromise the classroom. Therefore I used a sky bridge to connect the buildings. I decided alternatively the archway could be extended for my design and that could be a point of connection if connecting via sky bridge is not possible. However this option would not allow ADA-acess to the roof deck as the elevator to reach the 3rd floor is only in the existing building. This was a design choice to optimize outdoor space.