Home » Scan-to-BIM for the Minton-Capehart Federal Building
When the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) received $5.5 billion through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to spend on energy-efficiency upgrades and other improvements to properties owned by the federal government, the Minton-Capehart Federal Building in downtown Indianapolis was near the top of the list. Built in the 1970s and named for Indiana Senators Sherman Minton and Homer Capehart, the imposing concrete structure conceived by architect Evans Woollen is Brutalist in design--a term that reflects both its raw concrete construction and rough, blocky appearance. Featuring an inverted-ziggurat shape, with each of its six floors slightly larger than the one just below, the 661,667-square-foot building provides offices for a number of Federal agencies, including the GSA, the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Because of its design, the building is considered to have future potential for historic eligibility.
The building underwent an initial round of energy efficiency improvements in the late 90s and received an Energy Star label in 2000. But as technology advanced, GSA officials believed they could do better. Under the GSA’s National 3D-4D-BIM Program, established in 2003, the Minton-Capehart building was identified with a number of other federal buildings as a possible target for building information modeling (BIM) along with additional energy retrofits. The program was in line with Executive Order 13123, a national initiative issued by President Clinton in June 1999 that aims to reduce the average annual energy consumption of the GSA’s building inventory. The GSA recognized that information--the “I” in BIM--was critical to successfully integrating computer models into project coordination, simulation and optimization. By 2007, all major construction and renovation projects receiving design funding through GSA had to be submitted with BIMs that validated spatial program requirements (area/efficiency ratio, etc.).
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