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August 29, 2011
Florida State University’s Ruby Diamond Auditorium reopened on October 2, 2010 with a concert by blues musician B.B. King.
Construction on the 126,000 GSF, $32,000,000 Ruby Diamond project began in 2008. The project entailed a complete renovation of the auditorium with emphasis on improved acoustics and seating arrangement to raise the level of the space to a true performance hall.
Sr. Project Manager, Lisa A. Durham, said of Ruby Diamond, “…it has been transformed into a magnificent performing arts venue. The architect, contractor and user group worked hand in hand to make this dream a reality. It will be remembered as one of FSU’s finest projects.”
See “Portfolio” for images and more information on the Ruby Diamond Auditorium project.
April 15, 2010
Four Oaks Community Church held their first service in their new facility in January 2010. The church purchased the Shannon Lakes Shopping Plaza on Kerry Forest Parkway to be the site of their new home. The center is strategically located in the middle of the Killearn Acres and Killearn Estates neighborhoods, as well as situated across the street from Community Christian School. The project involved renovating 40,000gsf of the existing 60,000gsf facility. The former Food Lion and Dollar General were transformed into spaces for worship, fellowship, children’s ministries, student ministries, and offices. See "Portfolio" for images and more information on the Four Oaks Church project.
March 06, 2009
GRC is testing Modeling MEP systems to minimize construction conflicts.
The MEP (Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing) Modeler is a new extension to ArchiCAD® 12. Architectural practices and architectural departments of A/E firms using ArchiCAD can use MEP Modeler to create, edit or import 3D MEP networks (ductwork, piping and cable trays) and coordinate them with the ArchiCAD Virtual Building™.
MEP's powerful modeling & coordination capabilities in combination with the above workflows make the MEP Modeler the solution for architects to help drive more efficiency in the building process.
The ability to visualize MEP systems in the complete building environment improves communication between architects, engineers and contractors. Visualization can be done within ArchiCAD using color codes for the various mechanical systems in combination with wireframe representation of the architectural structures. ArchiCAD's powerful rendering capabilities can be used to create photo-realistic visualizations of systems for the different trades.
BIM Workflow - Where the MEP engineer can provide 3D data, architects are able to import the consultant's MEP model into ArchiCAD using the IFC format. In addition to this generic IFC interface, the MEP Modeler package provides an improved connection with AutoCAD® MEP 2008/09 via IFC format, using an export plug-in called ArchiCAD Connection.
2D Workflow - Based on 2D documentation received from engineers, architects can use the powerful built-in tools to create and edit the MEP model within ArchiCAD.