Washington State Convention Center Addition

Commercial Real Estate
1,500,000 sq. ft.
Seattle, WA
2019 — 2022
The Washington State Convention Center is the first high-rise building of this type in North America. Its vertical organization and flexible event spaces ensure efficiency for different uses, including large shows, art exhibitions, and community events. The 1.5 million-square-foot addition to the center incorporates a new ballroom, flex space featuring an outdoor terrace, and a brand new exhibit hall. Ultimately, the project goal was to present a chance to orient and connect Seattle’s visitors to the diversity of city life and its natural environment. The center’s building is grand in scale and complex in terms of technical aspects. So, the most significant challenge was to deliver the telecom system’s design appropriately depending on all customer requirements. Also, VEC specialists found it hard to agree on the optimum configuration of all spaces. Fortunately, creating 3D models with BIM became a great assistant since all stakeholders could get the visualization of the end-results.
Building the Washington State Convention Center lasted from 2019 to 2022. As a BIM & VDC partner, VEC was responsible for providing the project with telecom system modeling services. Using BIM helped improve collaboration on the project, maintain high-level communication, and promote data sharing between involved contractors and the client. Our experts initially created a BIM Execution Plan and shared it with all stakeholders. That was crucial for further managing BIM deliverables. VEC used Revit software to design necessary 3D models. Such models were regularly included in a federal model that all teams analyzed to ensure proper coordination and detect clashes.
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3D models created by VEC experts provided all stakeholders with a clear picture of how the telecom system would look and how it would perform in practice. During the construction phase, the general contractor, Clark Construction Group, and sub-contractors developed as-built models and combined them with the operations and maintenance data.
  • With BIM, we could reduce project clashes and other critical issues and risks.
  • Better coordination and data sharing reduced the amount of rework and provided fit-for-purpose results.
  • The VEC Team contributed to creating the perfect space for collaboration, innovation, and celebration in downtown Seattle.