Baruch College’s Newman Real Estate Institute Examines Real Estate’s Inherent Need for Building Information Modeling

NYC Buildings Department Commissioner Robert D. LiMandri, NYC Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley and BIM Experts to Speak on Februrary 28

NEW YORK, NY-February 28, 2013 – Baruch College’s Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute will present “Building Information Modeling – Improved Life Cycle Management, Maintenance and Enhanced Energy Performance,” on February 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in room 14-220 of The William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus Conference Center. The conference focuses on how Building Information Modeling (BIM) is enhancing the real estate industry today.

BIM is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of a building. One of the most significant values added by BIM is its ability to foster clash detection in the construction or renovation process, saving developers time and money. A related but separately important BIM capability is the logistical sequencing of the building process. After project completion and lease-up, BIM can play an indispensable role in improving the facilities management process for an asset and in making the ownership of that asset significantly more cost efficient.

“The time has come to promote dialogue on the real significance of BIM and how it can help maximize an asset’s lifetime value. Its potential is great for a wide array of construction, retrofit and renovation projects, perhaps even more so in the challenging building environment that exists in New York City,” said Jack S. Nyman, Executive Director of The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute. “Many developers now appreciate how BIM can reduce cost overruns, avert design and trade conflicts and save significant time toward project completion. In addition, leading firms are using BIM technology as a part of their efforts to achieve program validation, address challenges of interoperability between different software platforms, and transfer databases from the design and construction phases to end users on facilities management (FM) teams,” Nyman said.

Concurrently, New York City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley said, “BIM can also be
used as an emergency management tool.  It can provide first responders and supervisors with critical information about floor plans, building materials, and maintenance records.”

Issues related to BIM and more will be included in an original white paper to be released on the day of the February 28th conference.  The paper is closely aligned with the conference and is entitled, “Building Information Modeling – Enabling Smart Design, Construction & Facilities Management.”


The conference will feature many subject matter experts including:

The Honorable Elizabeth Crowley, NYC Councilmember

Robert D. LiMandri, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Buildings

John A. Rapaport, General Manager & General Counsel, Component Assembly Systems

Erleen Hatfield, Principal, Buro Happold

Erin Rae Hoffer, Industry Strategy and Thought Leadership, Autodesk

Judith Kunoff, Chief Architect, MTA NYC Transit

Rawle Sawh, VDC Manager, Gilbane Building Company

George Braun, Vice President, Spruce Juice City

John Messner, Professor of Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Jordan Goldstein, Managing Director, Gensler

Safiy Abdur-Rahman, BIM Manager, NYC Department of Design and Construction

Michael Zetlin, Founding Partner, Zetlin & DeChiara

Geraldine Szabo, Vice President & Senior Asset Manager, JP Morgan Chase

Igor Starkov, President, Ecodomus, Inc.

Nicole L. Dubowski, Mechanical Engineer, Arup

Ramsey Dabby, Chief Architect, FDNY

Christopher Zoog, Architect, HOK



WHAT: Building Information Modeling – Improved Life Cycle Management, Maintenance and Enhanced Energy Performance

WHEN: Thursday, February 28, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: The William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus Conference Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (at 24th Street), Room 14-220


Conference sponsors include Zetlin & DeChiara, LLP, Autodesk, Vornado Realty Trust, Gilbane Building Company, Component Assembly Systems, Honest Buildings, C/F Data Systems and Construction Validation Systems.

The conference has been accepted for AIA continuing education units. It may also be acceptable for ASHRAE continuing education units (ACEs) toward renewal of one or more ASHRAE certification programs.

Go to to register for the conference or for more information.  For information about the BIM Conference, contact Sara Hilska Taylor at or at (646) 660-6950.

The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute offers education and research opportunities to address the needs of the real estate industry. Through professional education courses and workshops, the Institute trains current practitioners and the next generation of real estate professionals, helping them succeed in, and contribute to, an evolving marketplace. As Executive Director of The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Jack S. Nyman leads strategic planning and partnering; guides education programs, research, publishing, and public events; and manages operations. Under his direction, the Institute hosts dynamic public events for industry experts to share their knowledge and advance thinking in the field. Individuals, companies, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies all benefit from the programs offered by the Institute.



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