High-Rise / Supertall Skyscrapers

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) defines Supertalls as a tall building 300 meters (984 feet) or taller, and a “megatall” is a tall building 600 meters (1,968 feet) or taller.

 

VA+ has worked on many tall and supertall buildings with our design clients.  We take on the difficult BIM challenges so your designers can focus on their designs and clients.  Our experience helps your team stay on track and avoid common problems.

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Challenges for designers, BIM consultants & project managers. (READ MORE)
  • Complex Enclosure Geometry – creating flexible parametric driven facades that evolve as the design does is a focus of our team.
  • Managing interoperability workflows between Rhino and other similar design software and Revit are key to allow designers to be creative in many platforms while we concentrate on deliverables in a production focused environment.

  • Organization of people and information – team communication, standards and tracking progress on this type of project is often challenging due to sizes of teams that are commonly in multiple offices separated by multiple time zones and include cultural differences. VA+ has a lot experience with large international projects like supertalls and have successfully assisted design teams by administering Bluebeam Studio projects that centralizes a single redline set and provide design and BIM standards in an easy to access location.

Multiple Linked models & circulation (READ MORE)
  • Multiple linked Revit models – often these projects benefit from the use of multiple models to manage model size, scope and number of team members accessing any one file at a time. More than one model increases the complexity of producing high quality deliverables that adhere to the desired graphic standards but workflows and QA/QC methods that are common practice for VA+ this can be managed effectively.

 

  • Coordination of vertical transportation / circulation – towers have lots of stairs, elevators and escalators, coordinating and scheduling them as they change throughout the design process is something VA+ is adept at. Code compliance, structures and MEP concerns impact this important aspect of towers.

Parking, Area Plans & Large Drawing Sets (READ MORE)
  • Parking, vehicle circulation, loading docks, trash and similar back of house functions – typically subterranean mazes with many competing interests for the limited space below towers are scope VA+ often helps design teams with. Correctly modeling ramps to demonstrate compliance with slope and head clearance requirements is key to these areas.  Scheduling parking so counts are accurate allows design teams to understand zoning and program requirements are being achieved.
  • Area plans – allow design teams to confirm proformas, zoning and life safety issues are meeting client and AHJs’ expectations. VA+ is experienced in developing these very important drawings and familiar with the challenges and questions that will be faced.
  • Managing large drawing sets – often these projects have multiple volumes to cover all the disciplines involved that the architectural team must coordinate, titleblock standards, revision histories, drawing indexes all involving linked models must be managed carefully to achieve a cohesive set of contract documents.