Malibu, CA-based Burdge & Associates began working in ARCHICAD more than a decade ago. Since then, the firm has worked on a diverse set of projects from large scale commercial to residential.

The firm recently worked on a shopping center in Malibu, CA – renovating the existing space and adding nearly 54K SF for mixed use, retail purposes. Team member Mario Arellanes discussed the project with us and how they used ARCHICAD on the renovation/new construction project, paying close attention to a nearby stream and native vegetation – protected in the area – surrounding the site.

“We used ARCHICAD to determine the protected areas. We knew there were restrictions on what we could disturb so we had an arborist create a report that we plugged into the model along with city codes so we would be in full compliance.”

With views generated in ARCHICAD, the team presented their plans to the government agencies overseeing the renovation/construction project. Generating a conceptual 3D model of the site, proposed structures and renderings for city approval via ARCHICAD sped what would have been a lengthy process, according to Arellanes.

“Having the information located in one file made it simple to update and present. Our proposal was quickly understood by the city and the community who are not well-versed in site plans and the like. When you consider that this project was seeking approval for years but we managed to update our working drawings in a few weeks for the city – you see the benefit.”

Even after breaking ground, some changes kept coming in. However, because all information in an ARCHICAD model is updated with each change, those adjustments did not slow the process.

“It is great to be able to show the city minor aesthetic changes without disrupting the work on site. Using BIMx on an iPad on site helps move things along as well. We use it to create revision marks and adopt it into the file.” 

Making use of the Teamwork feature in ARCHICAD gives the Burdge firm additional power. On a project of this size they’d have between six and eight people working simultaneously.

“As a rule, we use Teamwork on large scale projects. It just makes more sense.”


Editor’s note: all images were supplied courtesy of Paul Jonason Photography

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