The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has honoured Mortenson Construction and Fentress Architects with its national Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Building Information Model (BIM) Award, the highest award for a project team that has integrated building information technology into their project.
The AIA TAP BIM Award competition has been an annual event since 2005, and showcases award-winning case studies from the profession that harness Building Information Technology and processes that further design, construction, and project excellence. Winners will be acknowledged during the AIA National Convention in Denver on June 19th.
The team??s award submittal highlighted documented metrics, which resulted in a 4.5 per cent saving on overall project costs. These savings were reinvested back into the project in customer-deferred enhancements. The 695,767 square-foot Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center includes a 12-story office tower, two Court of Appeals courtrooms, a courtroom for the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Supreme Court Library, and an educational civics learning center that features interactive exhibits which showcase the role of the American justice system.
The design and construction team credit the Integrated Project Delivery approach and the collaborative team efforts of the architect, construction manager, developer, owner, and State as keys to their success. By using three-dimensional virtual design and construction methods that included a building information model, the team was able to ensure that any conflicts were resolved before field installation.
The project team of Mortenson Construction, Fentress Architects, and Trammell Crow Company, including their sub consultants and trade partners, delivered the project two months ahead of schedule in December 2012, allowing early move-in for several of the state judicial and legal agencies.
Construction is nearing final completion as additional state agencies continue to move in. The project will be formally dedicated in a public ceremony scheduled for May 2nd.