During the design of the Piedmont Atlanta Hospital Tower, the integrated design team developed a value-based approach to the design process. A completely paperless process, the team utilized varied tools to express the design intent and include all stakeholders in the process. A very aggressive schedule required the design to be fully approved without delay at all milestones; this was only achievable using technology – virtual reality.
More than 1,000 people – patients, clinical and support staff, neighbors– provided input on the project’s vision through workshops and advisory meetings. Participation and input from users, patient advocates, and hospital leadership was paramount to the success of the project; however, three-dimensional understanding is not shared by all, reviewing plans and two-dimensional elevations are not sufficient to engage the end user. The Piedmont Atlanta Hospital project is proof of the value of virtual reality in design and its contribution to a successful project.