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Medical Center Replacement, Ramstein-Weilerbach

Client   U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District
Location   Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Kaiserslautern
Duration   2010 to 2014
Function   New building of a hospital with examination and
  treatment areas, ward building, health centre,
  laboratory area, administration building, supply
  centre, power stations, parking garage
GFA   approx. 190,000 m²
Architecture and Engineering   Architectural and engineering services -
  conceptual study, preliminary design,
  architectural and interior design
  (Joint Venture with HOK Architects, New York)
Management Consultancy
and Operational Planning
  Review and consultancy of
  functional design structure
Medical and Laboratory Engineering   Preliminary design of medical and
  laboratory equipment, IT conception

BIM - The new DNA of Construction Projects

What will a building be like after realisation? Will it meet the needs and expectations of the client? How can information loss, redundant work and planning mistakes be avoided in advance when planning complex projects, and how can costs be reduced at an early stage? Ultimately, how can all the data collected be documented and be made instantly available to the client?


These are not new issues - new technology merely changes the answers. In classical, two-dimensional planning, static tools such as sketches, drawings, floor plans, sections and elevations, were used by the architect to help the client gain an insight into their vision for the project, requiring a certain level of imagination on the part of the client but thanks to the advanced information technologies used today, ideas are shared easily, made real at the design stage, giving access to greater clarity, options and benefits.


HWP Planungsgesellschaft mbH (HWP) has been one of the first planning and consulting companies in Germany to take up the advantages of using Building Information Modelling (BIM) and to use it as an established part of their innovative approach to design and planning. This allows us to benefit from the features that allow all information about a building to be at all times contained in a single BIM 3D model and in a single file, viewable from anywhere in the world. All parties involved, designers, architects and engineers work in sync during the planning process in this single model. After project completion, the data in the BIM model is passed to the owner and can be used for extensive analysis and to plan operationally.


The dream of an accurate representation of three-dimensional visualizations, processes, costs and time-based simulations through all disciplines of planning, execution and commissioning can therefore be realised, making BIM the building blocks, that is, the DNA for all of HWP's new, most complex construction projects.