Basler & Hofmann receives the AEC Excellence Award 2018 for their eGHA project

The project for the extension of the Basler & Hofmann office building in Esslingen in the canton of Zurich won the AEC Excellence Award 2018 (Architecture – Engineering – Construction) in the small project category. The Basler & Hofmann team was awarded the prize in Las Vegas on 13 November 2018. The awards celebrate projects from all over the world that have embraced digital planning and construction with connected BIM. They recognise pioneering achievements in the categories of infrastructure design, building design and construction.

Choosing the finalists was no easy task for the international jury – 256 project entries from 40 countries were submitted for the AEC Excellence Awards 2018. Prizes were awarded for the areas of infrastructure design, building design and construction in the categories of small, medium and large projects. The Office Building Extension eGHA project won the small project category (total project cost under USD 20 million).

Basler & Hofmann is trying out a consistent and, wherever possible, fully digitalised planning and construction process in this project for their own office building in Esslingen, in the canton of Zurich. The construction project was planned in one sole BIM model by all the stakeholders and disciplines involved. The result: continuous planning in real time instead of repeated coordination of models. The construction’s complete digital twin is available to be used for the management of the building or for potential renovations. Work began in May 2018 – from the shell of the building to the interior, all the construction has been carried out directly from the digital model that is accessible via a Tablet PC.

The annual AEC Excellence Awards were first introduced in 2012. Every year they honour outstanding projects that have implemented new technologies, especially BIM, in an innovative way.


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