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SMB SIG Meeting: Data Center Design/Build and BIM (Building Information Modeling
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When: Every 2nd Thursday
7:30AM - 10:00AM
Contact: Rose Southard

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There is no turning back progress. Today’s design team’s and construction team’s interaction and communication from the beginning of a project to the end of a project is becoming more critical to meet increasingly more demanding time frames, infrastructure demands and budgets. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is one of the ways that this coordination effort is being addressed in an effective and real-world way. BIM is literally building the data center or mission critical facility digitally prior to the physical "brick and mortar” build. BIM helps the team avoid problems in the field because all the work is created and confirmed in the virtual model. The projects move faster and save everyone money and the more sophisticated construction groups are pushing the hardest. While BIM is still in its "wonder years” it will change the building industry as players discover multiple benefits to collaborative virtual design.


Paula A. Price, AIA, LEED A.P. is the founding principal of Bâtir Architecture, Ltd., an architectural firm based in St. Charles, Illinois. Her primary responsibilities include Project Designer, Project Management, and Firm Development. Ms. Price received her Bachelor of Science, Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois in 1991. She is a Licensed Architect in Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin, and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board.For almost 20 years, Paula’s passion and enthusiasm for architectural design, engineering and computer technology has resulted in a strong demand for her unique abilities. While serving as Project Architect, Structural Engineer, Design Consultant and a variety of similar positions at architectural or engineering firms, her entrepreneurial spirit ultimately led her to form her own firm. Batir Architecture, Ltd. is a nationally certified Woman owned business and certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.Paula also has a passionate interest in creating "Green,” or sustainable structures and interiors that contribute to healthier clients, buildings and the environment. She is a L.E.E.D. Accredited professional since 2004 and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Her passion for sustainability extends to the design and building of mission critical facilities, data centers and other energy sensitive environments.Paula is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, U.S. Green Building Council and active in several other volunteer committees.

Jack Schutte, Sales Manager is a leading authority on raised floor systems, U.P.S., chemical fire suppression, process cooling and electrical distribution systems for data centers and high tech environment.Jack was the Sales Manager for a design / build construction firm from 1982 to 2007, responsible for developing strong and loyal client base, design of data centers, bidding jobs, contract administration, and the overall management of construction projects.From 1980 to 1982, Jack was the Controller for Crescent Corporation, a manufacturer of curtainwall systems. From 1979 to 1980, he was the Controller for National Precast, a precast concrete company that developed a process to insulate precast concrete. Jack was also controller of McCann Construction, Inc. from 1974 to 1979. Overall, he has had 30 years of experience in the construction industry.

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