Chicago, Ill.

Builder/GC Commercial $251 million to $500 million



You have heard the terms: lean and BIM (building information modeling), but are you putting them into action? Pepper Construction is. Even in the early days when the company was first founded in 1927 the firm was focused on new markets and methods, leading it to focus on sustainable, lean, and virtual construction technologies. Now, with the company in the third generation, it has expanded its location and markets—as well as its use of technology.

One particular market it works in happens to be healthcare. In order to follow a BIM mandate set by Northwestern Medicine, Pepper Construction needed to use BIM models for facility management on the Medical Office Building at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s Grayslake campus.

In partnership with a technology provider, Pepper Construction developed BIMfx—a tool to turnover a full set of data. With this tool, Pepper can manage and report on the collection process and give subcontractors the ability to provide data required. The technology that was developed helps to solve the challenge of enabling facilities to use BIM for maintenance purposes. The real benefit is for the project owner—which doesn’t have to manually re-enter data and is able to access documentation without having to search for paper files.

On this particular project, more than 800 assets were identified for migration. The estimated savings in time equates to roughly 200 manhours on the project, which ultimately saved $100,000 on salary, inefficiency, and error costs. Northwestern Medicine and Pepper Construction are already using the technology on a second, larger construction project.

Technology Enablers: Autodesk Inc. and StratusVue

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