Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association
As the construction and sheet metal industry continue to grow and evolve it is more important than ever for contractors to understand how critical it is to embrace growth and change within the industry. The most recent addition to SMACNA-Arizona’s ranks, BIM Designs Inc., exemplifies this understanding, and strives for innovation and efficiency at every turn.
BIM Designs was founded in 2016 by Drew Miller, a fourth-generation plumber and mechanical engineer. Miller ran the business on his own until just the beginning of this year, when he brought on Mark Oden, previously working in the tech industry, as CEO to scale the company to new heights and make it a technology-first construction company. Together, they found a team of detailers to help expand throughout the Western region. BIM Designs aims to aid construction firms as they increase their utilization of BIM Modeling, Detailing and Engineering technologies.
There are countless ways that BIM Designs’ services create greater efficiency in the construction process and help contractors maintain their competitive edge. Utilizing all of the capabilities of BIM modeling and prefabrication increases efficiency on the jobsite and creates a safer and more controlled environment for which to build projects.
One of the ways that BIM Designs remains competitive is by understanding and investing in new technological innovations in the field. Company leadership attends several technology conferences per year to determine how they can better serve their customers and workers in the field through new technologies, techniques and software.
BIM Designs’ leadership also understands what it is like to work in the field from firsthand experience. Employing skilled tradesmen with experience both on the job and with BIM modeling is critical to the company’s mission.
“We really pride ourselves on hiring from the rank and file of union halls,” says Nathan Vigil, Vice President of Operations in Phoenix. “It is critical for our mission to hire skilled workers that have direct experience working in the field, that way they truly understand how our work with technology impacts the jobsite.”
BIM Designs is looking forward to joining SMACNA-Arizona, given their history of working with unions and having firsthand knowledge of the association’s very high on-the-job health and safety standards.
The BIM Designs team is currently working on the Desert Diamond Casino in Glendale, as well as the Texas Rangers Baseball Park in Arlington. In the past, the team has consulted on projects throughout the Western U.S., ranging from Google buildings to biopharmaceutical projects to multi-use centers. Working with other SMACNA-Arizona contractors, BIM Designs hopes to work on more projects in the greater Phoenix area heading into 2019.
Exciting challenges are in the pipeline for BIM Designs, as they look to expand further into the Phoenix market. BIM Designs currently offers full MEP detailing and engineering services for Plumbing/Pipefitting, Electrical and HVAC/Sheet Metal contractors. With leadership that understands the important effects modeling and technological innovations have on construction sites, BIM Designs is prepared to take on abundant new opportunities such as drone operation and point cloud scanning.
To read more about BIM Designs Inc. and the projects that are working on, please visit their website at https://www.bimdesigns.net/.