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That solution involved weekly BIM coordination meetings to review the previous week’s model and make edits or comments as needed. Switching from email to face-to-face discussions helped to simplify model edits. 11 different BIM consultants would freeze their models, detach a version of them and send the pieces over to Mut. He would then add their models to the master version and produce a single point of truth. The variety of new and exciting modeling workflows as well as the overall design also necessitated ongoing deskside support to ensure the KPF team had the data and expertise required.
All the time and effort has culminated in the grand opening of an architectural marvel. The majority of the building is already leased out to prestigious financial and legal groups. In 2021, the skyscraper’s1,000-foot observatory will be open to the public for viewing New York City from the sky.
Currently One Vanderbilt connects to Grand Central Terminal, which will be expanded for East Side Access joining with Long Island Railroad platforms via a transit hall.
The highly visible project is a case study for streamlined collaboration. SL Green saw the ideal design firm in KPF and KPF saw the ideal teammate in Microdesk. Collaborations like these are the only way to craft truly elegant, innovative superstructures that both add to an iconic skyline like that of New York City and bring it into a modern age of architecture.