5 October 2015
WYG scooped the Judges Discretionary Award for their “overall excellent effort” during the 48 hour Build New York Live BIM Competition that took place online from 21st-23rd September. Team OneWYG, led by Johnathan Munkley, BIM Director, WYG, was taking part in the challenge organised by Asite as the latest event in the Build Earth Live Series.
At 6pm (BST) on 21st September, competitors were given just two days to design a virtual community outreach sports arena and a residential tower in the Hudson Yards area of Lower Manhattan, New York, using BIM level 2 tools and processes.
Over twenty individuals joined team OneWYG bringing specialised knowledge and expertise in a multitude of fields, including Structural Design, Architectural Design, Landscape Design, Building Services, Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Cost Management, and Geo-Environment. Their efforts were supported by Soluis Studios, FM180, Rapid 5D and students from Wellacre Academy in Manchester. They were based in six different locations across the UK and collaborated virtually using web based tools.
Commenting on the results, Johnathan Munkley said: “I am really proud of our team’s efforts and delighted that the judges recognised our achievements with this award. It was the first time that so many disciplines at WYG were working simultaneously on one project through virtual design applications. This is a great foundation for WYG to build upon and grow. I am also very grateful for the unrelenting support we received from Soluis, FM180 and Rapid5D throughout the competition. I was also very impressed with the students at Wellacre Academy in Manchester, who made a very valuable contribution to the project.”
Paul Hamer, WYG’s CEO, said:”Congratulations to the team. This represents collaboration at its best to produce a stunning final design. Although it’s a 48h competition, I am hoping that we get a significant ripple effect across the business. It shows our employees, our stakeholders, our clients that we are truly serious and committed about adapting our approach to the way that we deliver value.”
The final design submitted by team OneWYG revealed a 60-storey diamond shaped residential tower of luxury apartments offering stunning views over the Hudson River and Manhattan. Clad in reflective solar panels for energy efficiency, the tower also features a vertical sky garden running up the total height of its central partition. Putting zero carbon emission and sustainability at the core of its design, OneWYG created a sports arena surrounded by lush gardens extending over the rooftop of the building, transforming the latter into a walking area with a stunning vantage point.
For more information about the competition and the results, visit www.buildearthlive.com/newyork
Here is the final design submitted by TeamWYG (image and video credits: Soluis Studios)