Structural Coordination


BIM (Building Information Model) software has had its fits and starts over the last decade within the architectural profession. Finally, it’s becoming the norm, and even consultants are picking it up. Above is the first 3D structural model that we will link into our architectural model -- and we will discover if any framing or structural members aren’t in the right place!

It’s so fun to check out your drawings in the 3rd dimension vs. the abstraction of plans and elevations....

This model is being developed in Revit Structure, and it links up very nicely into our Revit Architecture model (as it should considering they are within the same software suite).

Structural Considerations


Understanding and implementing structural framing is where reality sets in on a project. The expansive open spaces we have poses challenges for shear (keeping the building from wracking) and spanning those distances with conventional wood is hard to do. We will take another hard look at the second floor to see if all the walls can “stack” above the first floor for ease of structural support.

A column or two will also be placed in discreet but critical locations to carry the upper floor’s load to the basement.