SCHRADERGROUP Honored for Role in BIM Studio at the Pennsylvania State University

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) was part of the team recognized with a 2012 AIA Technology in Practice (TAP) Building Information Model (BIM) Award for the Interdisciplinary Collaborative BIM Studio at Pennsylvania State University.  The Studio was developed at the Pennsylvania State University as a joint program that included the Schools of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Architectural Engineering.  Organized by Robert Holland, Associate Professor of Architecture and Architectural Engineering at the University, the Studio was a semester-long program in which three fully collaborative teams took an actual program from an existing real-world project and designed their own solution.  Each team consisted of students from the Architecture; Landscape Architecture; Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection Engineering; and Construction Management programs.

David Schrader with Pennsylvania State University Students in the BIM Studio

For the semester, the Studio focused on the program for a new elementary school facility designed by SG and under construction for the State College Area School District.  SG, along with all of the consultants involved in the actual project, participated in work sessions, studio reviews and final reviews with the students.  The entire project was completed in Revit Architecture building design software and included complete energy modeling.  “Giving the students real-world exposure to a real-world project,” says firm principal David Schrader, “is invaluable in their preparation for entry into their fields.  We are pleased and proud to be involved in such a great endeavor.”

The BIM award has been given by the AIA TAP Knowledge Community since 2005 in an effort to recognize “best of breed” case studies that utilize BIM technology and processes to further design, construction and project excellence in the profession.