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  • Rapid Prototyping (RP): A Proven Means to Reduce Design Cost and Schedule, and Improve Quality

  • Clients continually strive to reduce their COSTS

    Clients expect same from design provider

    But Lean can run counter to the need for agility in early design stages

    Competitive markets compel us to seek ways to

    Price services at market levels

    Reduce cost

    Improve quality of deliverables

    A few caveats; RP

    Has multiple meanings

    Is dependent on attitude, skill, and dynamics of the project team

    Why Rapid Prototyping?


  • Does not eliminate the need

    for programming


    Initial modeling of individual

    spaces in 3D perspective

    How RP Works

    Initiate collaborative work sessions

    Place / locate spaces in real-time based on programming requirements

    Full participation of stakeholders; people with a voice/vote/decision making


  • February 11, 2014 4Client ConfidentialHershey Medical Center Data Center CHP Feasibility Analysis FINAL

    Front End Design is Critical

    Typically only 10% of effort, less than 10% of total project time

    Significant impact, early decisions critical (domino effect)

    Weak concept design effort results in Rework of detailed design effort Cost overruns

    Basis of DesignProgramming Concept



    DevelopmentConstruction Documents

    Tender and Award


    Ability to Change Design

    Cost to Change Design

    Project Timeline

    1 to 3 week schedule reduction

  • Highly visual - enabling participants to visually grasp spatial concepts Real time 3D modeling accelerates generation of design solutions Rapid generation of alternatives fuels creativity and teamwork

    Thomas Edison: To get a great idea, begin by generating many ideas One idea generates another idea, not the product of individual genius working

    in vacuum The result of networking old ideas in new ways

    Key Features of RP

  • Key Features of RP

    Active participation of project stakeholders generates and facilitates selection of design solutions

    Full participation builds ownership and consensus Eliminates the present, review, revise, re-present cycle that is not efficient

    Collaborative consensus-building results Multiple concepts can be quickly generated and accepted or discarded Significantly reduced occurrence of after-the-fact revisions less rework

  • Spaces; block and stack Rooms/circulation Plenums/shafts

    Object arrangement Equipment Tools Furniture and fixtures

    System layout and routes Structural Enclosure and partitioning Mechanical, electrical, plumbing Process

    Simplify Visualizing Complex Buildings - Facilities are Collections of:

  • Data Center Rapid Prototyping Case Study

  • 9Grainger Enterprise Data Center

    Hundreds of thousands of gallons in water consumption saved per year

    Confidential Location Ist LEED v4 BD+C Gold Total Power: 750 kW,

    Expandable to 3 MW per Module

    Reliability: DX RTUs with economizers, 2N UPS configuration, and bi-fuel generator, concurrently maintainable

    Scalability: Design for final IT load at 300 watts/SF

    Modularity: 50-300 Watts per SF Density

    Cost: Confidential Size: 8,000 SF Raised Floor

    Area Built in 2014

  • Siting the Facility on the Campus

    RP supports identifying a site layout solution that supports client goals

  • RP Supports Visualizing Building Envelope and Option Analysis of HVAC systems, snow abatement

    Exterior options can be analyzed visually for branding, blending with existing, maximizing cooling and light, and controlling heat gain

  • RP supports identifying interior layout solutions;

    facilitated by stakeholder participation and


    Interior Layout Evaluations, Options, and Solutions

  • Innovation more, and typically better, ideas earlier in design

    Schedule reach concept/front end design milestones earlier

    Collaboration cost effective means of incorporating client input and

    seeing the results in a 3D model almost immediately

    Quality less rework

    Change management - less gray area with respect to scope of work

    Client relationship - opportunity to develop stronger, deeper partnering


    Realized Improvements