Model building is an integral step in developing unique, custom thematic, or specialized features. Due to the complexities involved in free-form features and finishes, COST offers both 3D modeling and physical modeling. Three-dimensional modeling software such as Autodesk Revit and other software programs has become a requirement for many projects we undertake. These files are often integrated within a larger Building Information Modeling (BIM) model. We are actively involved in creating with these tools with many of our clients, several on large-scale multi-million dollar theme park and casino projects. It is also becoming more prevalent in zoological construction.
Modeling Further Clarifies the Design Intent
A three-dimensional model is not always the best fit for certain theme construction projects. Oftentimes highly detailed scale models, generally composed of wood, foam, and clay, are built during pre-construction. Physical models serve as an excellent, scaled, real-life representation of the finished project. A detailed scale model is generally considered a better reference for architects, designers, contractors, and owners over both 2D and 3D drawings. The 3D model allows the project team to make minor and even major adjustments to ensure the project meets the design intent prior to starting fabrication and construction. This step saves valuable dollars and time during the project’s life cycle. While most models are often used as construction tools, they can be enhanced and encased for display purposes or for fundraising efforts.