A key goal of the Aspen Hospital architectural model was developed to establish public buy-in. It’s the only hospital in Aspen, that is a taxpayer-funded project, and needed to be “sold” to the public. Many of our architectural models serve the purpose of buy-in, to the public, to potential buyers, to stakeholders.
The goal of an architectural model is to help stakeholders see the big picture of the final product. The key to evoking this feeling of “being there” is in the details. This model project included many details – flowers, vehicles, painted parking lots, ladders, people and more. In order for a layman to understand the vision, details go along way toward helping sell the project.
Drawings worked on paper, but there were 2 – 3 foot changes that were made clear once the architectural model was built. The model made it apparent they needed to look at certain features. For example, the entire front entry was redesigned after the model was delivered, requiring a modification to the model. The ambulance entry was too small! Architectural scale models allow developers to make major corrections before it’s too late, greatly reducing the potential for cost overruns and redesigns.
The developers added a second wing and adjoining housing—a place for folks to stay while waiting for loved ones to recuperate. The challenge of this architectural scale model and this project was to build around an existing building. Developers had to retrofit new construction around existing. The architectural model allowed them to visualize the myriad details for this type of project.
Archetype 3D worked with the architect to make corrections to the grading on the fly. We estimate that up to 25% of our architectural model making work involves helping architects and developers with the active creation of the finished product. Developers will sometimes look at the model progress and use this visual information to make necessary changes.
This architectural model was a major design to an existing hospital. A key goal of the project was to mitigate any misgivings among clients regarding the negatives of construction. Our 3D scale model helped them visualize the end goal, making them a bit more tolerant during the transition period.