SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 20, 2003--
Renowned Architecture Firm Cuts Information Flow Management of
Major Sports Facility Project by 30% with Autodesk's Online Building
Known for its innovative culture, Ellerbe Becket was able to
significantly accelerate its design work on the Seattle Seahawks
Stadium and Exhibition Center by standardizing on the Autodesk(R)
Buzzsaw(TM) online collaboration solution from Autodesk Inc.
ADSK). Ellerbe Becket served as lead architect on the project,
which began in 1997 and was officially completed, one month ahead of
schedule, with a series of gala public celebrations and sporting
events in July 2002.
"With Buzzsaw, we saw a 30 percent decrease in the time spent
managing information flow. On a job like Seahawks Stadium and
Exhibition Center -- that translates into a time saving of about 18
hours a week," said Kelly Kerns, project leader at Ellerbe Becket.
"The benefits don't stop there; we saw them throughout the project.
For example, assembling all the information for a progress print
without Buzzsaw can take four or five people a full day; but with
Buzzsaw, it takes one person less than an hour."
Ellerbe Becket used Autodesk design software, AutoCAD(R) and 3ds
max(TM) to create and document the design of the stadium, but they
were also looking for a new way to improve the distribution of the
design information. When design work began on the stadium, online
collaboration was a nascent technology and overnight delivery still
the de facto standard for exchanging drawings and other critical
information between design professionals on construction projects.
Seeking a more effective way to communicate among team members,
Ellerbe Becket saw that the power of the Internet could be leveraged
for better internal communications so they adopted a file transfer
protocol (FTP) system to exchange project information.
Though unquestionably faster and more efficient than physical
delivery, the FTP solution did not allow for external document
transfer, easy team collaboration and document management, plus the
system provided minimal security. In 1999, Ellerbe Becket made the
leap to online collaboration with the Autodesk Buzzsaw service. Not
only did Buzzsaw allow architects to share drawings and other files
with the entire project team, but just as importantly, the service
provided excellent security and enabled team leaders to manage and
communicate more efficiently on projects.
Seattle Seahawks Stadium was developed by First & Goal Inc., a
private company formed by Microsoft founder Paul Allen to build and
operate the facility for Washington State Public Stadium Authority,
the public entity owner. Home to the National Football League's
Seattle Seahawks and local soccer team Seattle Sounders, the facility
also houses an exhibition center that hosts conferences and events
attracting thousands of people each year. The stadium's open air
design offers striking views of the Seattle skyline, Mount Rainier,
Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, while incorporating a roof that
protects 70 percent of attendees from the region's frequent rains.
"One of the more significant challenges on the project was that we
were building right on top of the old Kingdome site," said Kerns. "We
had to design and build the exhibition center first, then complete the
Kingdome demolition, then build the stadium on the old footprint and
tie it into the exhibition center. The timing of all of that and the
design complexity meant we had a lot of scheduling and procurement
issues. Bringing Buzzsaw into the project minimized the number of
hiccups that can slow progress, which translated into increased
productivity, a better product and more value for the client."
"The Seattle Seahawks Stadium project shows the tremendous
progress that the building design and construction industry has made
over the past few years with online collaboration," said Chris
Bradshaw, vice president, Autodesk Building Collaboration Services.
"Instantaneous document delivery, increased security and document
access management, smoother design review processes, increased
productivity--these tangible benefits show why Autodesk Buzzsaw is a
better way to manage building design and construction projects."
About Ellerbe Becket
An innovator since its founding in 1909, Ellerbe Becket provides
integrated architecture, engineering and construction services from 7
office locations worldwide.
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