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Elm Street Hotel & Apartments - BIM for Modular Construction


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Company: MaRS BIM Solutions
Location: New Haven, United States
Year of the project: 2020
MaRS BIM Solutions takes pride in delivering exceptional Building Information Modeling (BIM) services, with a specialized focus on modular construction. In this case study, we present our involvement in the Elm Street Hotel & Apartments project, where our team contributed from the Concept stage to the Design Development stage, showcasing our expertise and commitment to delivering top-notch BIM Solutions.

Project Overview

The Elm Street Hotel & Apartments project aimed to create a modern, multifunctional building that seamlessly blends the comfort of extended-stay accommodations with the convenience of a hotel. The project's key highlights include:

  • Apartment Layout: The project called for a total of 105 apartments, with a diverse mix of 85 studios, 15 one-bedroom units, and 5 two-bedroom units. The studios range in size from 400 to 542 square feet, offering a variety of living spaces to cater to different needs.

  • First-Floor Amenities: The new building features a welcoming lobby and resident services area on the first floor. To enhance the guest experience, check-in services are available 24/7. Moreover, an on-site property manager is stationed on the hotel floor, ensuring guests' needs are met promptly.

  • Extended-Stay Convenience: The project dedicates one floor to 21 extended-stay rooms, offering an assortment of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom suites. These rooms are fully furnished, providing guests with all the comforts of home during their stay.

  • Rooftop Terrace: To further elevate the residents' and guests' experience, a rooftop terrace was integrated into the design. This space offers a serene retreat, ideal for relaxation and social gatherings. Importantly, both residents of The Union and the new building can access this delightful amenity.

  • Parking Facilities: The project includes a new parking garage, which not only serves the Elm Street Hotel & Apartments but also continues to cater to Wells Fargo customers, honoring an existing contract.

Challenges Faced

  1. Modular Construction Complexity: Implementing modular construction in a mixed-use project like Elm Street Hotel & Apartments presented unique challenges. Coordinating the design and assembly of modular components required meticulous planning and communication.

  2. Integrating Varied Amenities: Balancing the design and functionality of the apartments, extended-stay rooms, and common areas while maintaining a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing look posed a significant challenge.

  3. Structural Adaptations: The structural design had to accommodate various room sizes and layouts, which demanded flexibility in the building's framework and foundation.

  4. MEP Systems Integration: Ensuring the seamless integration of Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) systems in a modular context required careful consideration of space constraints and efficient routing.

  5. Timeline Management: Meeting project milestones while adhering to a strict timeline was crucial. The need for timely completion added complexity to an already intricate project.

Our Scope of Work

MaRS BIM Solutions played a pivotal role in the success of the Elm Street Hotel & Apartments project. Our scope of work encompassed various essential components:

  • Architectural Drawings: Our team meticulously developed architectural drawings that served as the foundation for the project's design. These drawings provided a clear visual representation of the building's layout and aesthetics.

  • Structural Drawings: Ensuring the structural integrity of the building was of utmost importance. We produced detailed structural drawings to guarantee the safety and stability of the Elm Street Hotel & Apartments.

  • MEP Drawings: Our expertise extended to Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) systems. We provided comprehensive MEP drawings, including lighting, electrical, and fire protection systems, ensuring efficient and secure operations.

  • 3D BIM Models: To bring the project to life in a virtual environment, we created 3D Building Information Models (BIM). These models allowed stakeholders to visualize the design and understand how different elements would interact.

The Elm Street Hotel & Apartments project exemplifies MaRS BIM Solutions' dedication to delivering outstanding BIM services for modular construction. By offering expertise in architectural, structural, MEP, and 3D BIM modeling, we played an integral role in transforming the project's vision into a tangible, functional, and aesthetically pleasing reality. This case study serves as a testament to our commitment to excellence in the field of BIM services.

Type of Work
  • Building
  • 3716 m2
How was the BIM Experience in the project?
Reality Simulation: Does it help to get an idea of the final product?
Waste reduction, labor costs and deviations
Greater control of the construction process
Improves collaboration between agents
Conflict resolution and clash detection
Correction and error handling
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