The Design-Build Firm announces its innovative approach to VR in construction
Sarasota, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2020) – Firmo Construction, a Sarasota-based construction management firm, has introduced an innovative way to apply virtual reality (VR) technology that will provide a low cost, low risk service for clients with a high return on investment. In an industry where the atmosphere is populated by countless virtual reality trends and techniques for unique client experiences, Firmo is setting itself apart with a service that is internally focused and process driven, to not only bring their clients’ vision to life, but also create a synchronized construction team to save time and money.
Firmo’s team saw a need in the industry for VR technology that functions beyond showcasing the final vision to the client, but instead can peel back layers behind the drywall to function as a troubleshooting tool before the construction phase begins.
“We’re excited to bring our design-build expertise into this new approach and implement VR technology as a cost-saving tool,” said Stefan Baron, Vice President of Operations. “This service allows us to guarantee optimal results and no change orders for our clients’ projects by reducing risk, cost, and time.”
The new service features a full 3D build of a project in virtual reality software, with the addition of creating detailed layers of what’s behind the drywall. These additional layers create a 3D construction environment to which Firmo can bring construction teams and subcontractors, from architect to plumber, to troubleshoot any issues. Rather than catching these problems during the construction phase, Firmo’s team can now mitigate problems within the software before the build phase even starts.
“This is a new approach to using VR in our industry that creates new advantages for our clients through lower risk, lower cost, and no schedule changes. We’re excited to launch this service, which is driven by our mission to maximize efficiency in bringing our clients’ visions to life,” said Eric Collin, President of Firmo Construction.
Firmo is currently conducting a live case study utilizing this VR service for a Hampton Inn and Suites in Northern Florida. Though the construction phase hasn’t started yet, the cost saved through the use of the VR process is already at more than $100,000.
To learn more information about this new VR service, visit: https://www.firmoconstruction.com/approach/virtual-reality/
About Firmo Construction
Established in 2003, Firmo Construction was formed with the purpose to design and build in a sustainable, forward-thinking manner. The construction management firm is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, and licensed in over 15 states. An early adopter of USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system, Firmo began implementing sustainability and efficiency practices into projects when the program was still in its infancy. The team continues to evolve with that progressive mindset today, remaining industry leaders in design and building technology. To learn more, visit: www.FirmoConstruction.com