Transcending the Usual
NBBJ uses Bentley's BIM for 'new image' Moscow Medical Center
Founded in 1942, NBBJ has steadily grown into a global
architectural giant, with 2004 revenues that approached $160
million. The firm specializes in health care facilities, corporate
design, airports, commercial architecture, urban design and
planning and other large-scale facilities. Some of its latest
projects include AsiaWorld Expo in Hong Kong; Moscow Four Winds;
the VA Outpatient Clinic Facility in Columbus, Ohio;
Serebrencechskya Multifunction Business Center, Moscow; the Harbor
View Medical Center addition in Seattle, Washington; and the
Wellcome Trust Biotechnology Campus in Hinxton, United Kingdom.
In 2002, NBBJ was awarded the architectural contract for the
Moscow Medical Center, destined to be the leading state-of-the-art
private health center in Russia. Located in the Krylatsky Hills
complex just west of central Moscow, the 31,000-square-foot
facility was proposed as a "new image" to transcend the
institutional appearance of Russian health care facilities.
The project's development budget of $108 million would cover two
buildings -- one a five-story edifice, the other three stories.
Aimed at the growing upper-middle classes in Russia, including
business people and members of government, the facility will
provide primary and acute care, emergency and trauma medicine,
inpatient care and postoperative nursing, cardiology surgery and
rehabilitation, physical therapy and others.
3D Visualization Paramount
From the outset, NBBJ knew that visualization of the proposed
design would be key to the success of the Moscow Medical Center
project. The firm chose Bentley MicroStation V8, MicroStation
TriForma and Bentley Architecture as its design platform. The BIM
(building information modeling) capabilities of its design suite
would provide the kind of 3D visualization and communication
demanded on all fronts, foreign and domestic.
"We used 3D BIM technology throughout the design phase to study alternatives and make sure we were going in the direction our clients wanted us to pursue," says Drew Burgess, NBBJ senior associate and leader of the Moscow project. In addition to conventional 2D drawings, BIM was used for massing studies, illustrating the uses of materials, describing interior spatial relationships and other modes of visualization that would have been impossible in 2D.
Vital Communications Tool
But BIM was also vital in communicating design intent with partner
groups such as ABD Architects, NBBJ's Russian associate firm and
with project developer CMI Development.
"Through Bentley technology, we were able to look at objects in
3D, which provided a better means of study and communication,
enabled us to work better with our client and team and let
everyone see what the finished product would look like," says
Burgess. He further applauded BIM's advantage of allowing the
whole building to be completely visualized two years before it was
built, which provided a more comprehensive understanding of the 3D
space and enabled much better and more informed decision making.
Bentley gave the project its 2004 BE Award for BIM in
Architecture. The new age facility will serve as a proof of
concept of the value of 3D design and building information
Bentley Systems BIM http://www.bentley.com/bim
Bentley Systems BE Awards of Excellence http://www.be.org/awards
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