The Saenger Theatre opened on February 4, 1927. The 4,000-seat theatre took three years to build and cost $2.5 million. Its opening prompted thousands to parade along Canal Street. The top ticket price was 65 cents, and the bill for each performance included a silent movie and stage play. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the Saenger Theatre suffered significant weather damage. Restoration of the theater focuses on a return to its original state and expanding the stage by 40% and installing air conditioning.
CADFORCE first created a basic BIM of the entire theater based on 2D PDF files. From this model, CF then focused on the stage portion of the model in order to highlight areas that would raise logistical challenges during construction. Broadmoor then provided mark-ups to show solutions that would resolve the issues. The deliverables for the theater included a series of images that showed the sequencing of construction from its current state, through demolition, to rebuilding and completion.
With CADFORCE’s support and quick delivery, Broadmoor was able to create a presentation model that separated them from the competition.