Two companies, one common goal
“We are two architect companies, White and Tengbom, who have come together for the building of New Karolinska Solna. We realised early on that we had to find new ways of working,” says Nina Borgström, Digital Design and BIM Manager at White Arkitekter.
There has been many questions and challenges. Modern care, research and training have to work in an optimal way here. The project places high demands on technical solutions and flexibility. The building needs to be relatively easy to alter, which has meant that, for example, the ventilation has been installed in a way that allows the layout of the building to be changed. The environmental demands are high and cover all the parts of the project. The architecture should be attractive, based on the idea that people feel better and recover sooner in a beautiful environment. Add to this a budget, price plan and time-frame to be considered.
Smart handling of details
“If we were going to be able to handle all the details, material, colours, functions, changing conditions and a very large group of people who had to work together, then we couldn’t do it in the usual way. Instead, we had to develop BIM to cover new technical solutions as wellas management aspects, almost like BIM 2.0,” says Nina Borgström.
This became the common communication forum, a prerequisite of a dynamic and driven partnership. Hundreds of people have worked on the planning: 140 on the architect side in the White Tengbom team, 250 technical consultants and about 150 from Skanska’s project office.
“The BIM tool made it possible to see changes quickly, trace points of conflict and find solutions. In this intensive process, the tools and methods have made it easier to interact, bring about transparency and cooperate,” says Charlotte Ruben, Architect and Partner at White Arkitekter, who has been involved since the start of the project in 2006.