Architects, designers, and other entities used Dassault Systemes software products to design the new Dassault headquarters in Waltham, Mass. They used DraftSight for the initial planning that included the interior floor plans, plumbing, wiring, sprinkler and HVAC diagrams. DraftSight is Dassault’s free 2D CAD product. The cooling equipment on the roof, light fixtures, office furniture, and backup diesel generators were all designed in SolidWorks.
Project architect Sara Ross has been using DraftSight as she tracks and fulfills the strict environmental requirements to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the interior design. The exterior has already earned LEED Gold certification – the highest acknowledgement of “green” status given to buildings that save energy, conserve water, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, recycle materials, and improve indoor air quality
The first employees are expected to move into the facility in December 2011. However, every employee will soon be able to visit their new offices earlier through an augmented reality campus tour created with Dassault’s 3DVIA software. It can convert DraftSight drawings of the campus into 3D models through with employee avatars can walk.
Besides office space, the 27-acre headquarters features a gourmet cafeteria, fitness center, game rooms, coffee lounges, expansive outdoor courtyard, training classrooms, and a briefing center.