Engineering News Record (ENR) has awarded the Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo the Midwest's Best Project of 2016 in the Sports and Entertainment category. The $29 million center is the world's deepest-dive penguinarium with more than 80 penguins. DeMaria was the lead contractor on the project, with support from Wharton-Smith.

The green highlights show where the as-built structure deviates from the original design.

The green highlights show where the as-built structure deviates from the original design.

3D Imaging Services provided Building Information (BIM) Validation services throughout the project using 3D laser scanning. By identifying areas where installation deviated from the BIM model, 3DIS was able to prevent costly project delays. For example, during BIM validation, 3DIS found areas where the structural steel was outside of tolerance ranges for the installation prefabricated panels. The fabricator was then able to modify the panels to fit as-built conditions before they were shipped to the job site.

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