The construction industry certainly got walloped in the Great Recession. In 2010, unemployment in the industry neared 25%, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor. The impact was especially pronounced in the Southwest, primarily because of the booms that had marked the region’s growth for more than 50 years.

According to Suntec, the company took advantage of the slowdown to leverage the power of BIM as an integral part of its work process, thereby making the company much more efficient by increasing the speed and lowering the cost of its services.

“It is something now that our clients use and expect,” says Derek Wright, vice president of Suntec. “We get the return on the investment we spend up front by eliminating mistakes and building a better product.”

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