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May 07 Businessexcellence Perkins Eastman Architects 51 way plans are drawn. BIM requires a more sophisticated skill set. We are receptive to evolving technology and have been a test site for Autodesk for a while now,” he said. “And as software grows in sophistication, we can now capture the knowledge base developed across hundreds of projects in a core practice—what works and what doesn’t work. We are now developing a proprietary database to streamline the design process using this information. Large fi rms can take advantage of the IT investment versus smaller fi rms who may not have the budget.” When asked about the future, Perkins noted that his fi rm is an ambitious place, having grown from a $6 million to a $120 million company today. “It is important that we make a difference in core practices in terms of quality, innovation, and advancing the practice,” he added. Out of the hundreds of projects completed by his fi rm every year, Perkins noted that there are usually several projects that he feels really expand the market segment. For example, his fi rm recently completed the fi rst high-rise retirement community in Japan, which Perkins thinks represents the best work in senior living. The fi rm also completed the design for Centria, a high-end housing project at New York City’s Rockefeller Center. According to Perkins, Centria condos sold out within one weekend. And fi nally, Perkins Eastman worked with New York’s Fortune Society on a renovation and design for transitional housing for former prison inmates on the West side of the city. “We are just as proud of this project as any other, no matter what end of the cost spectrum,” Perkins said. Perkins Eastman receives many design awards each year, and authors some of the architectural profession’s most widely used textbooks. Info@infi It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin