ORB Architects' careful management of resources and steady workload has allowed us to continue strengthening our project portfolio. It has also given us the opportunity to implement Building Information Modeling (BIM) into our design process. Embracing this technology reflects our focus on establishing ORB as a leader among small architecture firms. In this continually changing economy, BIM provides our clients and consultants great value in our combined project efforts.
With BIM, we gain project efficiency through the maturity of the models.
Drawings are extracted live from the models with data-rich content (e.g.,
materials, wall assemblies, door schedules). Designers are cognizant of
the current state of the building design every time they are working within the model.
Through the use of BIM, compiling a drawing set and
analyzing and reporting information from the building become simple,
quick keyboard commands. These time-saving tasks allow our team to focus on the building's
design and coordination issues.
The architectural design of Eielson AFB Housing Phase
II project was created exclusively in Revit. The project
involved demolition of existing units, design-build of 90 multi-family housing units and a mechanical building, and
renovation of 99 multi-family housing units. Revit gave us the opportunity
on this fast-paced project to more easily update drawing sets
and quickly produce renderings throughout the project. It has also
resulted in more collaboration and communication among
Finally, we are using BIM to further our firm's mission, which is to use design, management, and technology expertise on projects that are inspired by communities and directly benefit those communities.
The use of BIM gives our designers an integrated platform where
discovery in design and responsiveness are crucial aspects of the
process. It allows us to respond to our clients' needs with updated
material renderings, model studies, and quick design updates. BIM
also calculates reports for cost estimating and scheduling. As a
whole, with the emergence of BIM and its practice gaining a
foothold in our
industry, we have chosen to be among the progressive firms leading the way
with this new technology and the integrated project delivery
approach that it makes possible.