As a core element of our commitment to curiosity and innovation, CO Architects has been a passionate adopter of digital design as a useful tool to advance beyond the status quo. We remain convinced in the ability of technology to help guide us to new and unexplored architectural territory, and we were early pioneers of BIM software and continue to push the limits of technology in our practice.
In this tradition of exploring uncharted territory to build something new, we apply and adopt new and emerging technologies including virtual and augmented reality, computational design, customized apps to optimize solutions and track metrics, databases and dashboards to benchmark and guide decisions, and leverage direct manufacturing for rapid prototyping.
Since 2004, CO Architects has used BIM tools and processes for planning, programming, design, and documentation. As beta testers for Revit, we committed our largest project, the 740,000 GSF Palomar Medical Center, to BIM and IPD at a time when no precedent for projects of this size existed in that platform. We have received three national awards for our work with BIM from the American Institute of Architects, which called us “pioneers who blazed the trail for the rest of the industry.”
CO Architects utilizes the latest and most powerful computational design tools and add-ons. These tools assist our designers in exploring different options and variations quickly by manipulating data and variables built into custom software that we tailor to fit our design needs. For example, a highly optimized daylighting and energy modeling plug-in for Rhino 3D can help shape and inform the overall design of a project, such as the Cal Poly Pomona Administration Building.
We are committed to pioneering new paths in architectural design using the latest digital technologies. At CO Architects, we believe in the importance of exploring the technology of tomorrow to help shape the future of our industry, structures, and communities. We will continue to push the boundaries of both design and project delivery to advance industry standards and client satisfaction at the global level.