A Construction Grinch?
Posted by Mark Sawyer on Mon, Dec 29, 2008 @ 09:06 AM
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Tags: Virtual Construction, 5D BIM, IPD, benefits and ROI of integrated project delivery
I hope you all are either enjoying your Holiday break, or just getting back into the swing of things following the Muslim and Jewish holy celebrations. Vico is wrapping up a great year, and we would like to thank all our Customers and Partners for their many contributions to Virtual Construction and the practice of BIM in construction.
I received an e-card this week that made quite an impression on me, and I’d like to share the content with you. It’s something I’ll take into 2009, and maybe you will too. The e-card was from Tocci Construction of Woburn, MA. The author penned a smartly-modified excerpt from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” and this particular version went something like this (mod’s in parentheses):
“And the Grinch,
with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?
It came without (lawyers). It came without (claims).
It came withoug (fighting, barriers, or blame).
And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if (Construction), he thought, doesn’t (have to be war).
What if (Construction), perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Tocci is referring, of course, to their IPD project to build Autodesk’s AEC headquarters in Waltham, MA in partnership with Kling-Stubbins and Autodesk. The e-card concludes, “After working this way, we have come to a conclusion similar to that of the Grinch, and our heart has grown three sizes.” I think the story just says a lot about the state of this industry and the huge possibilities that lie ahead. Hats off to the project team and continued success in 2009!
p.s. Tocci and Kling-Stubbins are not using Vico’s software on the Autodesk HQ project, and I just wanted to point that out so it doesn’t appear that we are somehow “patting ourselves on the back.” My mention here is only meant to congratulate a progressive team on breaking new ground and sharing the experience with those of us who are not involved. That… and I got a huge kick out of their e-card!
p.p.s. I’ll be attending the AGC BIMForum in La Quinta the 7-9th of January. Let’s be sure to catch up there!