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ARCHICAD Helps ProHealth Care Create a "Beacon of Modern Healthcare" Facility

Boston, November 6, 2007 - Construction is underway for ProHealth Care Inc.'s 85,000-square foot physician campus in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, which will provide three distinct identities within one building

Connolly Architects of Milwaukee designed the facility to project a strong memorable image, especially at night, which ties in architecturally with the original "mother hospital" a few miles up the road. "The client wanted the building to serve visually as a beacon of modern healthcare," said Kevin Connolly, president of the firm. The facility grows from the single story primary care clinic to a two-story Musculoskeletal Institute to the three-story Physician Office building. Landscaping, walkways and gardens create a park-like setting.

Connolly Architects used ARCHICAD's Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to show the physicians, their staff and the entire development team exactly what this building will look like, inside and out.

"Providing visualization of the model to building owners is one of the biggest benefits of ARCHICAD," said Connolly. "We can generate not only the plan, section and elevation drawings typically found in a set of construction documents, but also door, window and finish schedules, material listings, 3D renderings and animations, and virtual reality scenes. And since the generation and coordination of these different views are automatic in ARCHICAD, the time consuming, low-level tasks such as drafting, drawing coordination, manual schedules, and document generation are eliminated."

Pointing to ARCHICAD's interoperability, Connolly said that the ProHealth Care project may be the industry's first successful example of IFC translation between two separate platforms.   The project imported an IFC version of Revit Structural into the ARCHICAD model. "Data interoperability is critical for collaboration among the diverse teams and applications encountered in a typical building project," he said. "ARCHICAD's support of data interoperability standards results in more efficient sharing of information between software applications."