Revit Training Book Features Centerbrook

Published on October 18th, 2011

A Centerbrook academic project that illustrates the benefits of the latest 3D design software is featured in the official training guide for Autodesk Revit 2012. The Center for Community at the University of Colorado, Boulder is among a handful of buildings featured in the book’s Architecture Project Gallery.

A description of the 320,000-square-foot Center and how it employed the virtual modeling technology is accompanied by a photograph as well as an image of the Revit-generated model depicting a cut-away section of the structure. In the Forward, Revit is described as “a way to understand a building before it [is] built, earlier and more fundamentally than ever before.”

With the capability to make major changes with relative ease, Revit was combined with related design and remote communications systems to allow Centerbrook’s architectural team, the university, consultants, and contractors to be literally on the same page – despite their far flung locations – as the virtual model of the building progressed from conceptual design to detailed construction documents.

“At times, more than a dozen people were simultaneously working remotely on the exact same 3D model, something that was unheard only a few years ago,” said Jim Childress, FAIA and Centerbrook Partner-in-Charge of the project. “We can adapt how we use Revit and other Building Information Modeling tools depending on the size and complexity of the project and how the design team is structured.”

The Center for Community opened in 2010 and houses a 900-seat Micro Restaurant complex, all 12 student services departments, and a 375-car parking garage below grade. Centerbrook was the design architect, collaborating with Davis Partnership Architects of Denver on the project. The foodservice design was done by Baker Group of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The building took just 15 months to construct.

The recently published “Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012” provides step-by-step instruction on how to apply the latest version of the design technology. It contains more than 1,100 pages.