Children’s Memorial Uses BIM during Construction of Chicago Hospital
Children’s Memorial Hospital is building a new hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and is using an innovative technology to hold costs down and ensure that the project is ready for a Summer 2012 move. The hospital’s construction managers, architects and engineers are using Building Information Modeling (BIM), which creates a virtual 3D model of the hospital to identify and address potential design and construction issues well before they impact the schedule and budget.
Mortenson Construction, who came together in a joint venture with Power Construction to manage Lurie Children’s construction project, is a national leader in the development and implementation of BIM. Although it is often used on commercial construction projects, utilizing BIM technology to this extent for a hospital project of this magnitude is groundbreaking.