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ARCHICAD Users Spearhead Dallas AIA Legacy Project

"Virtual Building" Model for Parkland Hospital Assists Fundraising

San Francisco, April 30, 1999

Continuing its support for the American Institute for Architects' (AIA) annual Legacy Project, Graphisoft US has donated ARCHICAD software to help create a "virtual building" model for the planned renovation of Parkland Hospital's landmark Woodlawn Building.

The Dallas ARCHICAD User Group (D/AUG) - in conjunction with Steve Williams of CADTEK, ARCHICAD's Dallas reseller - invested computer hardware and many hours to create a 3D model and virtual reality tour of the renovated building.

These virtual tours are a key component of the Parkland Foundation's $25 million fundraising effort. The ARCHICAD images are being used to communicate the purpose and various uses of the facility to potential investors which include corporations, non-profit organizations and the community at large.

"The Woodlawn ARCHICAD model has several purposes in addition to fundraising," comments Steve Williams. "It serves as an archival record of the additions and changes to the facility, and as a point of origin for the design work to come." Students from local universities including Texas A&M, which recently acquired over 100 sites of ARCHICAD for its School of Architecture, will gather at the upcoming AIA convention to explore architectural solutions that meet Parkland's goals.

In mid-1998, Steve Williams and members of the D/AUG began creating an ARCHICAD model of the historic 1913 brick building for its proposed renovation into The Health Service Center for Dallas, a visionary new facility designed to enable patients to take an active role in determining their courses of treatment. Prior to D/AUG's Legacy work, no CAD files of the building existed. Today plans, sections and elevations are available for architects to use in their design charettes.

ARCHICAD renderings and a virtual reality tour are available for viewing on the Dallas AIA website at A Legacy Exhibit will also be featured at AIA Expo '99 being held in Dallas from May 6 to 9.

Background on AIA's Legacy Project
To honor the 1995 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention in Atlanta, the national organization and its Atlanta chapter collaborated with Habitat for Humanity to build six houses on-site. Dubbed a "Legacy Project," this began a successful outreach program through which the AIA chapter in the annual convention's host city leaves behind a legacy of lasting value to the community.

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