Due to the benefits of using 3D virtual models to guide real-world processes, BIM has gradually grown from its origins in BM (Building Modeling) into BI (Building Information) with various combinations of model and data in between. A Building Information model can be viewed as a collection of BIM ‘atoms’ of information in a context of project information. Over four generations - BM, BM+I, BIM, and BI(m) - the composition of the atoms has changed but the essential nucleus of information is preserved. We are now entering the phase where BIM is valued as much for the information it can contribute beyond design and construction, and there are clear use scenarios, such as COBie, where the information within the model is transferred even when the model itself is not. More
Celebrating the most impactful demonstrations of innovation in energy efficient design, the prestigious Rethinking the Future Award program honored the X/O Skeleton with a First Award in the Office Building (Concept) category. One of few winners selected out of 512 registrations from 30 nations, the forward-thinking design was inspired by natural organisms and proposes, “a new way of thinking about high-rise façade construction – one that minimizes the structure’s embodied energy, as well as its lifetime use.”
How does your organization measure health and human performance? Well, the answer might vary depending on who you ask, but new tools and methods are taking a more comprehensive and objective approach to the study. More
Healthcare facility design is evolving away from featuring cold, sterile spaces to incorporating warm, welcoming areas that exceed the needs of doctors, patients, and families. This CNN Style article explores a new class of hospitals, many of include amenities that mirror those found in hotels. Showcased as an example of healthcare design excellence is Stamford Hospital, a facility created to maximize comfort and provide relaxing spaces for patients and caregivers incorporating the latest technologies.
Whether a higher education building project involves renovation or new construction (or both), collaborating with the institution early in the process to develop a phasing strategy will keep financial goals on track and minimize impact on students and faculty. This article, featuring extensive comments from EYP academic and science planning experts Toni Loiacano and Melissa Burns, compares and contrasts three phased EYP projects that each successfully met the complex needs of end users and the institutions as a whole.
Sustainable design experts are reimagining the future of building skins by exploring how intelligent facades can conform to changing environmental conditions and user requirements; EYP is on the forefront of this revolutionary way of thinking. One of a few selected to present at this fall’s prestigious Conference on Advanced Building Skins in Bern, Switzerland, EYP architect Omar Renteria will examine the firm’s vision and evolving process for designing dynamic, sustainable facades capable of adapting to real-time environmental, social, and programmatic inputs.
Located in the heart of the renowned Texas Medical Center, the newly opened Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions provides its students with a medical education unlike any other. The first health-focused high school in the United States, the new 194,000-sf facility includes mock hospital rooms, science and research labs, and teaching spaces for dentistry, rehabilitation, and other medical practices. Close proximity to some of the country’s best doctors and medical centers and regular hospital rotations as part of the school’s curriculum allows its students to engage in on-site, hands-on learning, dramatically expanding educational opportunities.
A renowned leader in patient-centered healing, Stamford Health details the innovative zoning of their new ED in Healthline, where different colors signify patients' level of acuity, supporting operational flow and patient privacy. Built with staff in mind, this emergency department supports a high-response level that ensures the needs of patients and their families are met.