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Hinson Miller Kickirillo Architects PLLC - BIM to the Rescue

Hagerman & Company

Small Firm Maximizes Tools to Manage Big Projects


HMKA began using Autodesk Revit Architecture on an experimental basis in 2011. In just two years the firm has successfully completed three projects in Revit and has several more underway. These projects have included both new construction and renovation, and range from a 5,300 square foot dining facility to a 69,000 square foot replacement hospital.

The 25-bed critical access replacement hospital project, which is located near Ft. Valley, Georgia, has been the firm’s largest and most challenging Revit project to date. The design team made the decision to implement Revit because the client expressed a desire to complete the design documents as soon as possible and start construction right away. A well-coordinated early release package by the design team was crucial in order to expedite the construction phase of the project.


An accelerated design schedule can pose a significant challenge for a small architecture firm such as HMKA due to the time and effort required to coordinate the large number of construction documents. Without proper planning, allocation of resources, and utilization of technology such as BIM, a small firm might struggle to meet the demands of a project of this scope.

The firm also needed to have the ability to create photo-realistic renderings of the hospital interior and exterior, which was a valuable marketing resource for the clients as they presented the new design to the local community.


By successfully utilizing Autodesk Revit Architecture and it’s enhanced coordination tools throughout the entire design process, HMKA and their engineering consultants were able to ensure productivity and efficiency. Even with the accelerated project schedule, they were able to meet the deadline and successfully issue a fully coordinated set of construction documents for the new facility.

HMKA engaged Hagerman in its initial BIM examination for direction in software and hardware needs. They were seeking a software package that would allow them to continue using 2-d CAD software while enabling the firm to explore and gradually implement the 3-d software as their comfort levels increased.

Hagerman jumpstarted the training efforts with an introductory hands on training lab. It helped the team gain core knowledge of the program so that everyone had a base knowledge from which to move forward.

Results and Benefits

“We believe BIM/VDC software has increased our ability to collaborate across disciplines and industries,” said Neal Hinson, a principal at HMKA.

HMKA has been able to offer more advanced visualization tools while working hand-in-hand with contractors to provide them with a usable model for design intent clarification.

“The value in this collaboration will be tangible to our clients by the potential reduction in project schedules, faster and more accurate estimates, and better coordinated documents for construction activities.”

The model could also potentially be used for shop drawing production and sub-contractor conflict coordination.

“BIM allows a smaller firm like ours to engage in larger and more complex projects,” said Hinson. The enhanced coordination capabilities, intuitive documentation tools, and overall project organization allow jobs to be completed in a shorter amount of time and with more efficiency. The end result is a well-managed, carefully planned facility for our clients.”

"BIM allows a smaller firm like ours to engage in larger and more complex projects.”
Neal Hinson, Principal

Hinson Miller Kickirillo Architects
Hinson Miller Kickirillo Architects PLLC is a nine-person architecture firm located in Brentwood, Tennessee. HMKA specializes in healthcare design in small and rural communities, as well as educational and commercial projects. The firm was founded in 1999 by Neal Hinson, Don Miller, and Beth Kickirillo. HMKA is committed to the communities the firm serves, using good design to make a positive impact on the lives of real people every day. Our success has been based on providing excellent service to our clients and creating unique solutions that meet their specific needs.