Imagine being able to frame an entire multi-story building in just six weeks. This is possible with a combination of construction software and robotics. For example, using this mixture of technology, the B Street LoHi building’s 60,000-sq.ft., five-story apartment structure was installed in just six weeks.

The B Street LoHi building’s developer, Palisade Partners, www.palisadepartners.com, Denver, Colo., turned to Prescient, www.prescientco.com, Denver, Colo., for its standardized light gauge structural system.

Prescient’s software integrates project plans created during the architectural design process with its framing system. Additionally, the software sends a bill of materials to Prescient’s production facility for manufacturing. The manufacturing process uses this data and robotic welding to achieve high throughput and tight tolerances. The company then creates and installs the panelized structural system.

This process allowed Prescient to deliver the B Street LoHi building’s structure at a production rate of 15,000-sq.ft. a week. The building was the first Prescient completed featuring this standardized light gauge structural system, although the company has already begun its next project.

John Vanker, CEO and cofounder, Prescient, says the company has started the installation on a second building and is currently bidding on active projects across the country.

The second building, University Station, is a six-story housing complex near the University of Denver light rail station. The company expects the framing for the University Station building to be completed in five weeks.

There is another option just beginning to find roots that could possibly even automate the entire building process—3D printing. Companies such as Contour Crafting, www.contourcrafting.org, have created a system that has the potential to automate the entire construction process through ‘3D printing,’ which is the process of producing pure white and color physical models quickly and easily from 3D CAD (computer-aided design), BIM (building information modeling), and other digital data.

As BIM and robotics technology continue to advance, the design and construction process can become more advanced, speeding up the time it takes to frame a facility.