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HOUSTON—Longstanding challenges for architects, engineers and builders include staying informed of the newest trends, helping owners understand what’s coming, and ensuring designs will meet user needs at the conclusion of construction, which may be as much as two years in the future, according to a recent healthcare facilities report by Transwestern. With this type of planning in mind, building information modeling was used in a project at the Texas Children’s Hospital to ensure mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems could fit in a limited above-ceiling space. And, that process was accelerated during a six-week period to meet the overall schedule.

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. recently completed a build-out of the ninth floor of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, which includes approximately 23,000 square feet of new lab space. Construction on the project began in November 2017.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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