Advanced Solutions’ Customers Employ BIM to Complete Ladue Education Center On Time and Under Budget

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Autodesk Building Information Modeling (BIM) Software Proved Essential to Success of Project

Advanced Solutions, an Autodesk Platinum VAR, provides BIM expertise and software solutions to three of the four St. Louis-area architecture, engineering and construction firms that worked collaboratively on the design and construction of the new Ladue Early Childhood Education Center.

The Ladue Early Childhood Education Center provides a stimulating environment for the education and development of the young children of Ladue, Missouri, and the surrounding communities within the Ladue School District. The 50,000-square-foot building features engaging play areas, a teaching kitchen, colorful classrooms, and parents-as-teachers workspaces. Because of the need to get the school up and running as quickly as possible, the Ladue School District chose to design and build the school, which replaced a building constructed in 1936, as a fast-track project. BRIC Partnership, Bond Wolfe Architects and Larson Engineering, all Advanced Solutions customers, along with S.M. Wilson & Co., collaborated on the project in a building information modeling (BIM) environment using Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Revit MEP, Autodesk Revit Structure and Autodesk Navisworks Manage. Using this combination of BIM solutions enabled the firms to reduce costs, minimize errors and ultimately complete the project on time.

“Building information modeling provides insight for creating and managing building projects faster, more economically and with less environmental impact,” said Tracy Fisher, business development manager for Advanced Solutions. “The Ladue Education Center project is a perfect example of how the integration and use of Autodesk BIM technologies produce measurable results.”

“With the fast track schedule on this project, there was a potential for coordination issues that could have negatively impacted the project,” said James Pilla, Larson Engineering BIM manager. “BIM allowed us to exchange models with the other disciplines early on and stay coordinated throughout the accelerated design process. The utilization of BIM technology helped us avoid time consuming rework and played a key role in delivering the project under budget and ahead of schedule.”

The Ladue Early Childhood Education Center was completed in August 2011 and provides a stimulating educational environment for children in Ladue and the surrounding areas. Key representatives from the four firms that made up the project team will discuss the collaboration during a panel discussion on February 1 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Bond Wolfe Architects. For more information or to register to attend, visit

“A project like the Ladue Education Center is one stellar example of why Autodesk strives to educate architecture, engineering, and construction professionals about the benefits of BIM, equip them with the software necessary to do so, and train them to effectively use that software,” said Steve Duffett, vice president, Architecture, Engineering and Construction Sales at Autodesk.
About Advanced Solutions

Advanced Solutions is an award winning Autodesk Platinum Partner with 2D and 3D design software enterprise integration expertise in architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), civil engineering and advanced manufacturing. The company is Autodesk OEM Authorized, bringing added value to customers through certified software customization and business systems integration with the Autodesk Technology Platform. As an Autodesk Authorized Training Center (ATC), the company offers a variety of innovative training solutions including its popular PILOT program. Since 1987, the company has focused its business model on helping customers realize industry leading return on investment with their 2D and 3D design software. Beyond the box of software, Advanced Solutions helps customers gain a competitive advantage through innovative design software work flows, enabling customers to realize higher revenues and improve their operational efficiency. For additional information about Advanced Solutions, Inc., please visit our website at

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