Florida-based design firm ROJO Architecture operates out of a former shopping mall with wide-open spaces that are as equally suited to tossing around a football as they are to collaborating on large-scale projects for a variety of clients. And whether they’re designing for the medical, religious, commercial, hospitality, or private sector, the team at ROJO notes that above all else, they’re working for their project’s end users.
“We’re really working for our clients’ clients and responding to their needs and desires,” says John Saldana, cofounder and principal of ROJO. “We don’t necessarily bring a style to the job as much as we let the job bring a style to us, and then we focus on doing that correctly.”
A key component for meeting the demands of their clients (and the clients’ clients, of course) is BIM. Saldana and fellow cofounder and principal Rob Glisson were early adopters of BIM workflows, and they’ve been using the smart design tools in Vectorworks software to deliver project models that provide value throughout a building’s lifecycle.
Check out the full ROJO case study to learn more about their work with BIM, including converting a bookstore into an office for the Florida Orthopaedic Institute and their design for The Portland building, an affordable housing block that brings the aesthetic of coastal Oregon to the people of St. Petersburg, Florida.