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GRAPHISOFT Provides ARCHICAD to Design in Action: Build Initiative

Education program provides hands-on architecture experience to DC-area high school students through community serving project.

BOSTON, March 6, 2017 – GRAPHISOFT North America is honored to partner with the Washington Architectural Foundation, Catholic University of America’s Architecture School (CUA), and Common Good City Farm (CGCF) for the Design in Action: Build (DIA: Build).

This experiential learning initiative partners high school students from the DC area with Catholic University School of Architecture undergrads to design and construct a hands-on project that will benefit CGCF.

CGCF, an urban agricultural and education center, provides more than 5 thousand pounds of fresh vegetables each year to low income families and needs additional dry and cold storage. The team is designing the structure during the spring semester, and will construct it in two weeks in June.

Janet Bloomberg of DC-based ARCHICAD firm, KUBE architecture is the founder of the program, along with Eric Jenkins of CUA. “This is the pilot year for this program, which offers three DC institutions an opportunity to partner in a unique way. There are many levels to the stewardship of the program. CUA students mentor the high school students during the concept and design phase, teaching them about architecture firsthand. As they move toward construction, young architects have a mentoring role as well. We are excited to have GRAPHISOFT as a partner, as the students are learning ARCHICAD, the company’s sophisticated software, gaining valuable BIM experience in addition to all of the other skills they are developing.”

“This initiative supports architecture and design students through a real-world scenario,” said Tracey Gatland, GRAPHISOFT North America Managing Director. “By giving them an actionable problem to solve, they receive practical experience working with BIM, leaving a lasting, positive mark on the community as a whole – we are thrilled to be involved.”

Under the guidance of DIA: BUILD guest lecturers Bill Jelen, Principal, William Jelen Architect Inc. and Taylor Scott, Project Designer/Project Manager Emcee Design, the students – affectionately known as “BUILDers” -- will benefit from informative precedent studies to extensive site documentation from an on-site visit to CGCF and will formulate the initial schematic designs for the "Cool Bot" cold storage unit.

The students have honed their initial sketches, created physical models and, using ARCHICAD, developed site plans and performed circulation studies. They are getting a true Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) experience as it is based in an applied use of BIM combined with a cooperative, meaningful, real-world learning experience. Currently, three possible designs have emerged: Tree House, Shifted Orientation, and Teach/Grow/Preserve. These design concepts explore differing approaches to the storage needs of CGCF. After review by CGCF executives, the groups will merge these ideas and approach the project with a final design.

Construction on the CGCF Cool Bot storage unit is scheduled to begin in June.

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GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ARCHICAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment; and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for lightweight access to BIM for non-professionals. GRAPHISOFT is part of the Nemetschek Group.