Portfolio | Global Innovation Exchange

No boundaries, no problem

Project Overview

Bring students an entirely new interdisciplinary, high-tech facility that allows them to work hand-in-hand with industry and take their ideas to a whole new level.

Services Performed
  • Bellevue, WA

The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) is a partnership between the University of Washington, Tsinghua University and Microsoft. The unique facility offers a hands-on learning environment featuring electronic prototyping labs, design studios, AR/VR technology, 3D printers, and more. At this facility students take innovative ideas all the way from prototype to market-ready products.

This high-tech project inspired our team to push the boundaries of innovation making it our first truly paperless project. Instead of using printed shop drawings to install the mechanical systems, our foreman used iPads and a paperless, model-based approach. The 3D model contained all the information for the field to install the systems. The lessons learned at GIX informed and changed our BIM and manufacturing practices, pushing us one step closer to constructing with VR/AR/MR technologies.


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