Thomas Pansing of Perspective Architecture, LLC works on a variety of commercial, residential and industrial projects in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area. Over the past two decades, Pansing has relied on ArchiCAD to provide him with a competitive edge to establish a reputation as a skilled collaborator on those builds. Currently in the construction phase of a residential renovation, Desert House at Papago, the architect took a moment to explain to us the significance of the renovation and what it required from a BIM perspective.
Pansing’s clients wanted their home renovated to incorporate a 50s modern aesthetic that captured better views of the desert landscape. The couple living in the home also wished to better organize their hallways and allow for more spacious living areas. Operating under the strict deadline provisions of a 1031 exchange program demanded an extremely quick turnaround.
With only a six month window in which to complete the home renovation he pushed ArchiCAD to facilitate his creativity and design ideas. Pansing met the challenging timeline and designed the renovation in just two weeks. Demolition was complete in a mere seven days with three weeks for the production of documents before construction begins. From start to finish, the crew had 5 months after design for construction to be finished. This demanding turnaround highlighted the need for all parties to view see all parts of the home. At the time of our interview, the architect said the home had the framing completed with virtually no headaches, including coordinating all the duct work. Pansing used ArchiCAD to create all the drawings.
Just before beginning work on Desert House at Papago, He was experimenting with the idea of using transparent volumes to organize space. It happened to provide a unique method for handling this renovation, especially after he field measured the existing house and superimposed the initial concept over it. This process replaced sketching in 2D and gave him an engaging model to present to his prospective client.
“Showing the design in this way made the client a part of the process,” explained Pansing. “They became part of the conversation and were able to get a virtual experience of what the project would look and feel like. A walkthrough of the model on a movie screen conveyed the design intent in a way that they immediately got.”
“In addition, 3D modeling and imagery provide me with an excellent virtual marketing tool for my firm. I can quickly create a design and easily turn that in to a presentation, win the job and get to work. “Desert House at Papago easily lent itself to using enhanced renovation features found in ArchiCAD 15. Pansing made good use of the ability to color code sections of a building to indicate what portions will be torn down, what will remain and what the home would look like upon completion.
“The renovation feature of ArchiCAD 15 allowed me an understanding of the process as the home transitions from point A to point B. The ability to fly around the model throughout the design process was enjoyable as was the option to show showing clients how they could fit furniture in the space. ArchiCAD BIM facilitates perceiving the design in wholes rather than parts.”
Pansing says he sees this project as evidence that smaller firms can rely on ArchiCAD to pull off just about any project. “To do this in no time at very little cost, at a high design quality level, as a one-man shop is an impressive feat. ArchiCAD helps me as an architect; leverage all my skills and get results. I am able to complete several million dollar projects with that competitive edge. Full visualization with fast delivery and quality is what ArchiCAD allows me to promise and deliver.”