Full-scale, 3D simulation is letting physicians and administrators “walk through” a $200-million Raleigh, N.C., campus regeneration project while it is still in the schematic design phase. Image: Courtesy Fullcon Solutions Visualization company offers access to high-end, CAD-driven, life-size, six-sided simulation for designers and clients to use to confer with each other from disparate sites. “It lets them virtually be in the space,” says Andy King, design director at BBH Design, Raleigh, which employed the tool to help its clients understand the planned structure and spatial relationships. “We found it very beneficial,” says Chad T. Lefteris, vice president of support services
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.