HAKS’ Architecture/Facilities Design studio provides clients with full design and construction phase services for new and existing facilities and employs state-of-the-art technology such as Building Information Modeling (BIM).
As the Architect of Record, HAKS is utilizing an empowering BIM software to repurpose a 10-story, 100-year-old building in Lower Manhattan into a micro-hotel by adding four stories and a sub-basement level. Revit software is specifically designed for BIM, enabling design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to fruition with a coordinated and consistent approach. This single application includes features for architectural design, MEP and structural engineering and construction, helping to maintain a vision of the final product from design through construction.
Revit is an important tool of choice for this project, because it allows components such as elevators, stairs, and windows and MEP and HVAC systems to be coordinated in the early planning phases. For fast-track projects with aggressive delivery dates, it is possible to flesh out issues in a 3D paper model rather than through costly construction changes.
HAKS and the structural and MEP/fire protection consultants are developing the design in BIM to analyze potential conflicts between disciplines, to allow the developer to issue comprehensive drawings for pricing, and to use these drawings for shop drawing coordination among the various trades. It has been proven that this technology has the potential to streamline the process, minimize the potential for physical conflicts between building structure and mechanical infrastructure and control cost overruns associated with in-the-field coordination issues.
When the project is completed, patrons will have the convenience of a full-service, ground-floor restaurant and an 11th floor rooftop cocktail lounge.