New hospital in Finland uses BIM to involve staff in design process

PBC Today | April 24, 2020

The new Hospital Nova in Finland has used BIM models and VR to involve over 350 staff in the building design. As the first completely new hospital to be built in the Central Finland Healthcare District since the 1970s, Hospital Nova aims to be modern and efficient. With planned opening in late 2020, the project is an entirely new concept compared to traditional hospitals, with a target to cut operating costs by 10%. Due to the ambitious nature of the project, the project team wanted to involve staff in the design of the hospital to ensure it would meet everyone’s needs. Mikko Jylha, project director at Hospital Nova, said: “Our objective was to engage hospital staff in the project before construction had even started, by allowing them to visit the building virtually. “Right from the early stages we wanted to share the new designs, collaborate with the building’s future users and gather vital feedback for the design process.” Hospital Nova used Tridify to convert their BIM models into virtual models. Tridify’s automated service processed the architect BIM files into 3D interactive models, saving the hospital a lot of time and effort.

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Hoffmann Green Signs a Major Distribution Contract With BOUYGUES IMMOBILIER

Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies | May 23, 2022

Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies an industrial player committed to decarbonizing the construction sector that designs and distributes innovative clinker-free cement, announces the signing of a partnership with Bouygues Immobilier, a key real-estate developer on the French market for over 60 years. Within the framework of the collaboration between the two entities, the Hoffmann Green and Bouygues Immobilier teams have been able, over the last 12 months, to undertake specific technical trials with Hoffmann cement. The clinker-free decarbonized cement was able to be tested on several Bouygues Immobilier construction sites: SKYLINE: a 4-star business tourism residence with 127 rooms including 20 suites, in the heart of Angers. LES MARQUISES: a mixed project comprising over 100 homes, apartments and houses, in Nantes city center. K2: a residence comprising 294 homes, common areas and ground-floor activity facilities for students in Angers. LE CLOS SAINT-FRANCOIS: a mixed housing project comprising 118 apartments and 12 houses located in the heart of the former Sœurs de Saint-François d’Assises site in Saint-Philibert de Grand Lieu. As well as reducing CO2 emissions by 80%, feedback from these trials highlighted that the technical and implementation quality of decarbonized concrete notably during the pouring is identical to that of traditional concrete. Following these tests that have proved more than conclusive, the two companies have decided to accelerate their collaboration through the signing of a partnership contract with volume commitments that includes Hoffmann’s entire cement range: H-EVA, H-UKR and H-IONA. Hoffmann Green will supply its 0% Clinker decarbonised concrete to Bouygues Immobilier as of this year for the realisation of a number of large-scale construction projects throughout France. “We are very proud to sign a partnership deal with a group as emblematic as Bouygues Immobilier. It perfectly illustrates the necessary paradigm shift that is currently affecting the construction industry. Sharing a common desire to decarbonize the building sector, this first contract is the fruition of months of work between our teams and marks the beginning of lasting commercial collaboration that will lead to the construction of homes and infrastructures combining technical, esthetic and environmental performances”. Julien Blanchard and David Hoffmann, co-founders of Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies Bernard Mounier, Chairman of Bouygues Immobilier, added: “This partnership is strategic for Bouygues Immobilier, as it today allows us to incorporate this clinker-free decarbonized concrete into our projects, just like wood and combined solutions, with the stated goal of significantly reducing our environmental footprint across our buildings’ entire life cycle. This represents not just a necessity, but also a clear desire to promote these ever more responsible solutions”. ABOUT HOFFMANN GREEN CEMENT TECHNOLOGIES Founded in 2014 and based in Bournezeau (Vendée, Western France), Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies designs, produces and distributes innovative extremely low-carbon cements – with a carbon footprint 6 times lower than traditional cement – that present, at equivalent dosage and with no alteration to the concrete manufacturing process, superior performances than traditional cement. With one 4.0 industrial sites already operational and two new sites on the way, the Group has industrialized a genuine technological breakthrough based on alterations to cement’s composition and the creation of a clean, heating-free and clinker-free manufacturing process making it a leading and unique player on a cement market that has not undergone any significant changes in the last 200 years. Within the context of the climate emergency, Hoffmann Green Cement is thus actively participating in the energy transition by working to create eco-responsible buildings and by encouraging the circular economy and the preservation of natural resources. Thanks to its unrivaled technological know-how that is constantly improving, driven by effective and cutting-edge teams, Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies addresses all construction sector markets, both in France and abroad. ABOUT BOUYGUES IMMOBILIER Bouygues Immobilier, an urban developer-operator and a key player on the French market for over 60 years, is present on the entire real-estate development value chain from property development to urban planning and operation. It designs living spaces that reflect the needs of users at every level and listens to its clients and communities to design useful, people-centric and sustainable places to live. The Company provides places to live, work and meet up. Committed to limiting its negative impact on the environment and maximizing its positive impact, the Company’s goal is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by 2030 and to design 25% of its projects with positive biodiversity by 2025.

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Fernando A. Vazquez Joins Greeley and Hansen as Managing Director

Greeley and Hansen | June 10, 2022

Greeley and Hansen, a multidisciplinary global engineering firm solely dedicated to serving the needs of the water sector, has named Fernando A. Vazquez, P.E., as the new Managing Director, Southeast Operating Group and Latin American Operations. Vazquez has over 30 years of professional experience in the planning, design, and delivery of large water sector projects for major utilities at a local, national, and international level. Most recently, as Vice-President and Senior Business Development Director, for AECOM's Water Group, across the southeast region of the United States, as well as the Caribbean and Latin America, Vazquez has developed successful strategic approaches to expand business growth and established new water practice opportunities. He has also been instrumental in delivering efficient and effective program management while extending and expanding water related services. His public and private sector background has been critical to building consensus among internal agencies, elected officials, and community stakeholders for a broad range of water and sewer projects. He has successfully operated, and managed public utilities at the Cities of Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale, and throughout his career he has worked on major water projects for utilities in Latin America, including in Argentina, Belize, Colombia, Panama, and Venezuela. In the role of Managing Director, Southeast Operating Group and Latin American Operations, Vazquez will oversee Greeley and Hansen's operations across Florida, including office locations in Tampa, Sarasota, and Ft. Myers along with the firm's Latin America operations in Bogota, Colombia and Guayaquil, Ecuador. As demand for the public supply of water in Florida increases, we're very pleased to have Fernando on our team in this important leadership role. Fernando's public and private sector leadership, client-focus and technical expertise will be extremely valuable to our organization in delivering results for customers that meet the growing, sustainable water needs across the region. His background working with a broad array of critical stakeholders is especially important as we accelerate efforts to further expand our operations and achieve continued strategic growth in the southeastern U.S. region and throughout Latin America." John C. Robak, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Vazquez, a registered Professional Engineer, holds a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology. In addition, he is an active member of the Florida Engineering Society, American Public Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, and the National Society of Civil Engineers. About Greeley and Hansen Greeley and Hansen is a leading global engineering, architecture, and consulting management firm solely dedicated to providing sustainable engineering solutions for a broad range of water and wastewater challenges. The firm has built upon over 108 years of proven civil and environmental engineering experience in all phases of project development and implementation to become a premier global provider of comprehensive services in the water sector. Greeley and Hansen is dedicated to designing better urban environments worldwide.

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Tamarack Grove Engineering Selects Unanet for CRM to Help Manage Customer Pipeline

Unanet | May 26, 2022

Unanet, the leading provider of project-based ERP and CRM for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, announced today that Tamarack Grove Engineering, a leading structural engineering and design firm with more than 2,500 projects each year throughout North America, has selected Unanet CRM AEC. Tamarack Grove expects Unanet CRM to enable widespread collaboration across project teams that will grow the business by potentially doubling their current customers and prospects. Tamarack Grove Engineering is a Boise-based structural engineering and design firm that specializes in manufacturing, commercial, and facilities markets including fast food restaurants and grocery chains. It also specializes in natural disaster evaluation, restoration, and maintenance for facilities. As a Unanet ERP AE customer for approximately three years, Tamarack Grove found that as they continued to rapidly grow, they needed a CRM solution to effectively manage existing and new client relationships, and provide visibility into the company's project pipeline to help shape strategic direction and understand the resources needed for potential projects. "Unanet ERP had positively transformed our productivity and profitability over the last three years. When we realized that we outgrew our rudimentary CRM system and needed a robust CRM solution, we immediately looked at Unanet, Unanet has already provided huge value to us on the ERP side, and the CRM had received positive reviews from other AEC firms. Now our ERP and CRM tools will be integrated in one, easy-to-access solution and we have a platform that we are all familiar with." Duncan Robertson, director of business development and marketing at Tamarack Grove Engineering Tamarack is implementing its CRM quickly, which is another advantage Unanet offers over competitive products. Once implemented, Unanet will give Tamarack a variety of benefits it needs to succeed in growing its business including the ability to: Simplify and coordinate new leads and existing client data entry and management through Microsoft Outlook Easily scan in the company's vast, incoming new contacts and leads through the business card scanner feature Manage customer relationships and information around projects to effectively direct teams, partners, and resources More than 1,850 architecture, engineering and construction companies like Tamarack Grove Engineering select Unanet ERP and CRM because they have the right mix of functionality and accessibility, while also offering the ability to scale and grow seamlessly. About Unanet Unanet is a leading provider of project-based ERP and CRM solutions purpose-built for Government Contractors, architecture, engineering, construction, and professional services. More than 3,400 project-driven organizations depend on Unanet to turn their information into actionable insights, drive better decision-making, and accelerate business growth. All backed by a people-centered team invested in the success of your projects, people, and financials. For more information, visit www.unanet.com. About Tamarack Grove Engineering Tamarack Grove Engineering is a Boise-based, leading structural engineering and design firm with more than 2,500 projects throughout North America. The company specializes in manufacturing, commercial, and facilities markets. For more information, visit www.tamarackgrove.com. Founded in 2003, the company's mission is to serve clients by providing responsive, safe and trusted solutions with the highest quality, most dependable engineering and design services while providing an environment for its team members to grow.

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HFA Architects and Engineers, LaFreniere Architects Form Strategic Alliance

HFA Architects & Engineers | June 17, 2022

HFA Architects and Engineers and LaFreniere Architects are joining forces to help clients seize new opportunities in mixed-use and multifamily residential development. The strategic alliance combines HFA's fully integrated approach to architecture, engineering and construction with LaFreniere's expertise in designing apartments, condos, hotels and other buildings that encourage engagement. LaFreniere Architects was founded by John LaFreniere, AIA, NCARB, Principal, who studied sociology at Cornell University before earning his master's degree in architecture from Harvard. Services include: Full service architectural and interior design Development feasibility studies Site planning and 3D modeling Structural and MEP/FP engineering Permitting assistance Construction administration Collaborating on multifamily projects in New England has already been an immediate win-win for both firms, said Ed Damphousse, an HFA Client Partnerships Lead based in Franklin, Massachusetts. HFA has been able to rapidly accelerate its growth into the mixed-use and multifamily markets, with existing and new clientele, by elevating its expertise through its alignment with LaFreniere Architects. HFA provides LaFreniere with additional horsepower, integrated in-house engineering, and the ability to pursue larger projects in an expanded geography. Working together has been seamless and we are extremely excited about what the future holds for this collaboration." Ed Damphousse, an HFA Client Partnerships Lead based in Franklin, Massachusetts The two entities will continue to operate independently, but their collaborative work will run through HFA's 50-person studio in Franklin, Massachusetts, under the guidance of Aksel Solberg, HFA Development Design Studio Lead, AIA, NCARB, and John LaFreniere, who is based in Cambridge. Additional key team members include HFA's James Owens, Vice President, AIA, NCARB, and Giancarlo Botazzi, Discipline Lead / Sr Structural Engineer, P.E., SECB; as well as LaFreniere Architects' Sadmir Ovcina, a veteran architectural designer.  The multidisciplinary collaboration stands to help developers cope with one of their biggest challenges—rising construction costs, LaFreniere noted. "When you work with a close-knit team with broad-based expertise, you're more likely to have well-coordinated design and construction documents, fewer change orders and a faster process," he said. Integrative collaboration is even more critical now that complex housing engineering systems are set to play a more prominent role, the architect explained. In the Northeast and around the country, tough new building codes call for fresh-air ventilation, unified heat pump systems, extensive building insulation and other changes. "Efficient, integrated engineering has become much more important—you have to make sure these new systems aren't fighting each other," LaFreniere said. "There's a staggering amount of detail that must be thought through during the design process." In addition, the alliance builds proactive cost-containment strategies into the planning process from the outset, Damphousse said. "Right out of the gate, the HFA and LaFreniere teams see these projects as business challenges, not just architectural ones," he said. "The goal is to design the building to the requirements of the pro forma, not 'value engineer' late in the game." But multifamily and mixed-use properties also need to stand out in today's highly competitive marketplace, marked as they are by rooftop decks, hotel-like lobbies, open-floorplan coworking spaces and more, LaFreniere notes. "Today, granite countertops, open kitchens and high-end fixtures are becoming the norm even in entry-level housing," he said. "And in general, common areas need to be much more inviting. We are constantly looking for ways to enliven these experiences and create community. We're also learning valuable lessons about how to execute these strategies cost effectively."

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