Awards of Excellence — 2011 Recipient | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Awards of Excellence — 2011 Recipient

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (for BIM)
Award Category: 
Innovation in Architecture

Smith Carter Architects and Engineers (Architect of Record),
Antoine Predock Architect (Design Architect) 

BIM provides architects the opportunity to pioneer new delivery processes, opening possibilities for resolving long standing issues mired in the past. On the Museum, we radically altered our approach to maintaining the design intent through digital prototyping, enhanced contract documents to a hybrid of 2D and 3D for a superior level of trade scope isolation and quantity take-offs. Results include lower construction costs in addition to the integration of design and construction into one process complete with an integral feedback loop. Our innovations in the use of BIM have impacted the success of projects and how we produce architecture.

Jury Comment(s): 

"BIM is a technology, which has been adopted for many years in Europe and has been gaining in popularity only in recent years in North America.  What better way to promote BIM than by using it in a public building.  The architects have combined BIM with other tools available to help erect a structure that is not only built efficiently but with a view on effective long term management of this building.  The Canadian Construction Association has been promoting the use of BIM by its members which in the long term will make the Canadian Construction industry more completive.  The use of BIM in this new Museum will also raise the awareness of BIM in the industry and prove its place as a tool to be used in building sustainability."

"This building has many crazy geometries, requiring a new level of construction rigour if the end product is to hold together as a true work of architecture.  The BIM modeling appears to have been a very important tool in the realization of the contract documents, which will allow this fabulous museum to be become a reality."

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drawing: Antoine Predock

rendering: Smith Carter

courtesy of: RDWI

courtesy of: Fitzgerald Associates

photo: Dan Harper