What began as a way to preview aesthetics is now helping senior community developers manage construction and provide extra quality assurance. Virtual rendering — or building information modeling (BIM) — is a rapidly growing design tool in the construction industry.
Virtual models provide residents with a three-dimensional layout of their space including surfaces, finishes and styles of key components such as cabinets, hardware and color selections. The modeling system is much like a real world showroom where residents can add or change options instantly. The finished model results in a near photo-realistic representation of the customized space that informs key details during construction.
The developer can rely on the complete model as a pre-construction tool to control change management, errors and rework during the building process. A complete room finish schedule and option selection schedule supplements the layout and supports construction management and quality assurance.
As these dynamic mockups become more common in the senior living and healthcare industries, their use will continue to improve utilization of time and resources in building design and construction. Visit a virtual kitchen created for RetirementHomes.com here