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Aurora Health Care’s latest hospital recognized for use of innovative technology during design and construction

MIAMI, Fla. & SUMMIT, Wis., June 15, 2010 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the 2010 recipients of the Sixth Annual Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Building Information Model (BIM) Awards. Aurora Health Care’s newest hospital, located in Summit, Wisconsin, received the organization’s highest honor, a Citation Award in BIM Excellence. The awards were handed out at a special reception hosted by AIA in Miami last week.  

Alongside Aurora Medical Center, the award also recognizes additional firms who played integral roles in the planning, design, and development of this state-of-the-art acute-care facility. These firms include architect, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc.; project manager, Hammes Company; and construction manager, Mortenson Construction, amongst others. 

“A facility of this size and scope required an advanced team of project management, design, and construction professionals,” says Michael Scholl, Vice President with Hammes Company. “High standards were set for the team members as we were all held accountable to deliver a facility to exceed the expectations of Aurora Health Care.”

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a building development tool which incorporates modeling concepts, information technology, and software solutions to help design and construct a building project. The tool has grown in popularity in recent years as it improves ease of document retrieval, boosts communication and productivity within a project team, and increases visibility of the project plans. The increased visibility allows key executives and stakeholders to feel more in tune with a phased development project.

“While designing this large, complex medical center, the project team committed to an integrated approach of proactive communication and creative solutions with BIM,” says Cynthia Pozolo, AIA, Vice President and Director of Architectural Development with Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. “For us, BIM proved to be a crucial tool to drive and manage the overall design,” explains Ms. Pozolo.   

Aurora Medical Center is an 802,000 square foot medical campus that includes a medical office building and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic. The hospital employs a full range of diagnostic and treatment options in a facility designed to enhance patient healing through the utilization of natural elements, healing gardens, and calming views. The project team implemented several sustainable, or “green,” elements during the design of the facility, including a storm water management system and natural daylighting with expansive windows. The resulting facility is a vibrant medical campus that is anticipated to direct additional economic development within the community.  

“This team was challenged with a tight, fast-track schedule for a hospital of this size,” says Mark Sherry, Vice President with Mortenson Construction. “BIM merged the design model into the construction models and provided tangible benefits such as concrete lift drawings, prefabrication of mechanical systems, and enclosure visualization.  Each of these proved critical in constructing this top-quality facility within an extremely accelerated schedule,” says Mr. Sherry.

The following firms were also recognized in conjunction with Aurora Medical Center:

Architect:
Albert Kahn Associates, Inc.
Interior Designer:
Theiss Interiors
MEP Designer:
KJWW Consulting Engineers
Landscape Designer:
Mariani Landscape Design
Project Manager:
Hammes Company
Laboratory Consultant:
Karlsberger
Construction Manager:
Mortenson Construction
Vertical Transportation Consultant:
Lerch Bates
Civil Engineer:
R. A. Smith National
Food Service Consultant:
E. F. Whitney


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