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. The building’s 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. The project goal was 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. The most significant undertaking was to deliver the telecom system’s design appropriately depending on all customer requirements while also agreeing on the optimum configuration of all spaces. Creating 3D models with BIM became an invaluable asset for all stakeholders as it enabled everyone to clearly visualize 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; promote data sharing between involved contractors and the client. Our experts initially created a BIM Execution Plan and shared it with all stakeholders, which was crucial for further managing BIM deliverables.

VEC used Revit software to design necessary 3D models. Our models were regularly included in a federal model that all teams analyzed to ensure proper coordination and detect & avoid clashes.

Electrical BIM & VDC

Our electrical BIM & VDC services cover power, lighting, and telecom system modeling. Also, the VEC team created a thorough BIM Execution Plan and shared it with all stakeholders to provide them with the correct understanding and management of relevant BIM deliverables.

Meanwhile, 3D systems’ models are vital to ensure their proper performance after construction due to the opportunity to detect and eliminate clashes quickly. That also strengthens project coordination as all parties get these 3D models and realize how the systems will be constructed on-site. After all, creating a unique environment that will offer student-centered learning is only possible with valuable BIM data and efficient cooperation between all contractors.

Civil Underground

VEC’s specialists deliver exceptional civil underground services for this educational project. They encompass various tasks such as 3D modeling, project management, BIM coordination, civil underground wet & dry (VDC), and onsite technology work. We have effectively utilized BIM software solutions such as Revitzo, Revit, and Navisworks throughout the project.

Our experts promptly document all design-related issues using PDF Markups and propose relevant solutions, including fittings and pipe length adjustments. Besides, we have created installation drawings to ensure accurate implementation in alignment with the plans. Lastly, our team performed essential tasks such as 3D laser-scanning, reporting on deviations from the current conditions, developing as-built models and drawings, identifying clashes, etc.

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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 reduced 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.

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