BIM Applications for a STEM Facility

Eric Danielson, JE Dunn Construction
Mark McElroy, JE Dunn Construction

The presentation will describe applications for BIM during design and pre-construction for a STEM facility for the University of Texas at Tyler. The project is 140,000 SF, $54M construction cost. Applications shown are linking the BIM model to estimating software, uses for site logistics, setting up the coordination process with the design team and trade partners and prefabrication.

Learning Objectives

  • Identifying challenges for coordinating the BIM model with estimating software
  • Understanding the process of design and estimate reviews in a dynamic environment
  • Coordination with all stakeholders
  • Improved maintenance, ability to identify areas for improved access.


Eric Danielson joined JE Dunn Construction and its Science & Technology team in 2013 building on a successful career that includes planning and economic development. Prior to joining JE Dunn, Eric worked as a research facility planner for Treanor Architects. He worked closely with research and development teams to create an environment where investigators were able to perform their work. His experience spans the public and private sectors, planning higher education research and teaching laboratories as well as similar facilities for pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers of human and animal health products. Eric uses his planning background to support the implementation of plans through the construction services provided by JE Dunn. He is also heavily involved in multiple scientific fields, sitting on the Board of Directors of Kansas BIO, the Missouri Biotechnology Association, and the Midwest Chapter of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers.

Mark McElroy is a construction professional with 30 ears of the experience, a graduate of Northeastern University, with a degree in Civil Engineering. Mark heads up J.E. Dunn's higher education business unit in their Dallas office. He worked on a variety of projects with the heaviest concentration in Healthcare and Higher Education with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary science buildings, among these are Middlebury College's Bicentennial Hall, Hamilton College’s Taylor Science Center and Colgate Universities' Robert H.N. HO Science Center. Most recently Mark was the executive on the $560 Million Dollar Replacement Hospital at Fort Hood in Texas. He is currently working with the University of Texas at Tyler on their new STEM Business Building.


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