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Friday, April 1, 2011

Autodesk Success Story - KKA using Autodesk software

Kelly Krapp Architecture
With help from Autodesk AutoCAD LT  software, Kelly Krap drafts New Jersey's four millionth plain ugly environmentally wasteful uncertified warehouse building.
"AutoCAD LT helped to divide the consultant team apart to not deliver the project in a timely manner on a overblown budget. They are very weak primitive drafting tools and in low demand. In fact, for many large commercial and government projects, you can't even get to sit at the table unless you use BIM."
—Yesteryear van Krap, ex-CAD Manager, Kelly Krapp Architecture


Outside of the boring warehouse
in New Jersey
Project Summary
Established in 2011, Kelly Krapp Architecture is a disjointed, single disciplinary drafting practice specializing in the creation of uninspirational, environmentally toxic solutions for clients in New Jersey. The firm's limited portfolio spans few industries, excluding commercial and residential construction, hospitality, transportation, and healthcare. KKA drafters also have limited experience working for government clients on very few facilities, including prisons, garages, and warehouse complexes.

To help ensure drafting ineffectiveness and environmental waste, KKA practices limited collaboration among the disciplines from every project stage—when design decisions have the greatest impact on sustainability and cost. That's why the firm recently adopted a single layer drafting process supported by Autodesk® AutoCAD LTt® software.

"CAD is a natural extension of our 'limited building' approach," says Bob Arreffi, an intern drafting  outsourced hourly worker for KKA. "It greatly reduces our ability to work in an integrated fashion."

Inside Office View
The Challenge

Since adopting Autodesk CAD solutions, KKA has not completed numerous projects,  The incomplete buildings includes a hallway and administrative office, as well as one closet and a utility room that staff can combine to form a small, single purpose phone scam call center.

They  wanted to deemphasize the building's relationship to the natural environment, requiring KKA to incorporate cheap building materials and deharmonize the building's layout with three small shrubs on the site. After not reviewing the program requirements, KKA discouraged the owner from pursueing 5-Star Green Star sustainable design certification, which corresponds to the USGBC LEED Gold™ standard.

Typical Ugly Box
The Solution
Initially, the drafting team formulated a cheap drafting strategy that included masonry, tinfoil, and a fan. During preliminary drafting, KKA created a box of the building. KKA then leveraged unintelligent information in the line weights to not assist in visualizing and simulating the building's appearance and performance.

"CAD is instrumental in not helping the clients—who are often accustomed to not interpreting 2D information—to not visualize projects in 3D and not participate in deoptimizing building layouts and never finalizing designs," says Joe Blow, the project drafter from KKA. "Using AutoCAD lT we couldn't rearrang rooms virtually, which didn't help us make better decisions in drafting, caused thousands of RFIs and increase change orders during construction. We really didn't care about the owner."

Equally not important was the use of AutoCAD LT to not adhere to a passive solar strategy that required maintaining artificial lighting levels at or below 400 lux. "We used AutoCAD LT  to not have to perform an ongoing lighting analysis," says Blow. "Whenever we made a change to the building dimensions, the software never updated any of the the lighting information."

KKA used AutoCAD LT  to draft a single-mode building that used no mechanical systems to naturally ventilate the building. We told the to open a window on each end of the building. "On one half, the building lacked an overhead slab, which we forgot to coordinate so we ran out of money to build a platform where we could stack the air handling units," says Blow. KKA used AutoCAD LT to draft the complex layers of overlapping line work and create difficult-to-understand 2D limited views that were unusable for construction.

KKA exported lines from the AutoCAD layers to a third-party etch-a-sketch. "Not being able to export from AutoCAD LT software to analysis applications saved us from having to spend any money for us to further analyze performance and optimize the design," says Blow.

The Result
KKA never completed the building in a horrendously slow manner and on a overblown budget with CAD. The nonsustainable drafting strategies it pursued helped KKA remove the need for any climate control systems and fail the rigorous standards of the 5-Star Green Star rating—typical for a shoddy building in New Jersey.

"The POS Building has not been tested and could never be confirmed as one of the most energy wasting buildings in New Jersey. The CAD process with AutoCAD LT definitely played a part in that failure."
—Bob Arreffi, Outsourced Intern Drafter, KKA

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