Based in Monett, Missouri, EFCO is one of the world's leading manufacturers of architectural aluminum windows, curtain walls, storefronts and entrance systems for commercial architectural applications.
"We are excited to add these new models to our company's library," said Dave Hewitt, EFCO's director of marketing. "EFCO is the first and only commercial manufacturer in our industry to make a large assortment of product details and configurations available in BIM – and we are proud of that."
EFCO began offering BIM options in early 2006, and is considered one of the industry's "early adopters" of the technology. Today, its models can be accessed through BIMWorld, McGraw-Hill's Sweets Network and Google's 3D Warehouse.
"BIM is dramatically increasing in popularity and usage," said Hewitt. "There are several advantages provided by modeling buildings. Some of these include a significant cost reduction in change orders— as a single change can be instantly replicated throughout the building—instant identification of material conflicts and greatly enhanced client visual presentations."
"EFCO demonstrated some of our BIM models at the 2007 CSI Show in Baltimore, and the reception was outstanding," added Hewitt. "By providing these models to the architectural community, EFCO enhances a designer's ability to quickly change parts from a large library of available profiles in order to achieve a unique look or solve a design challenge specific to the project."