Enhance Client Engagement: Experience Laboratory Projects with Virtual/Mixed Reality

Brian Holthaus, JE Dunn Construction
Lina Stinnett, JE Dunn Construction

The presentation will encompass the successful use of technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) to engage clients at an intimate level on laboratory projects. Both during pre-construction with Virtual Reality and during construction with Mixed Reality, the client and project team are able to experience and immerse themselves in the proposed laboratory spaces, utilizing the Building Information Models (BIM) superimposed within the real space, as it's being constructed. We will share three case study projects where VR and MR have been applied at different milestones of a project so the end users could envision and give real-time feedback on their own lab area designs. The attendees of the conference will also get the opportunity to try on and experience the virtual VR/MR technology equipment themselves within JE Dunn's featured case study projects in a presentation booth outside the main Exhibit Hall.

Learning Objectives

  • JE Dunn's leverage of Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) on laboratory projects.
  • Provide value to the client by use of VR and MR to experience their own lab spaces virtually.
  • Share specific case studies of successful VR and MR use on current lab projects.
  • Let individuals experience the VR/MR technology themselves featuring our case study lab projects in an interactive booth.


Brian Holthaus is a Senior Project Manager for JE Dunn Construction in the Science and Technology Group in Denver. Brian holds a B.S. in Construction Engineering from Purdue University, is a LEED accredited Professional and has a Certificate of Mastery from the Design Build Institute of America. He has over 35 years of experience and has worked on the EPA Forensic Lab at the Denver Federal Center, JPAC Federal Forensic Lab at Offutt AFB in Omaha NE, four Colorado State and local Crime Labs, and University of Colorado Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology and the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex Lab Buildings.

Lina Stinnett, Associate AIA, is the West Region Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Director for JE Dunn Construction. Prior to working for JE Dunn, she spent four years on the architecture side and that is where her passion for Building Information Modeling (BIM) and technology began. Being an advocate for BIM carried her through the transition to JE Dunn 11 years ago. Since 2006, she has managed VDC on a number of various market projects like healthcare, science and technology, higher education, multi-residential, to name a few. Lina has provided VDC services on specific laboratory projects such as the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology project at the University of Colorado, the Translational Medical Institute at Colorado State University, and currently the Douglas County Crime Lab with Senior Project Manager and co-presenter Brian Holthaus. Together with providing VDC support on projects, Lina has spoken at a number of national conferences including the National I2SL Conference in 2014, Lab Design Conference in 2015, different VDC-related conferences such as Trimble Dimensions, and also published an article in the Laboratory Design Newsletter.


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