More US clients to benefit from industrialized construction as Bryden Wood opens Boston HQ
Global design company and industrialized construction pioneer is expanding its service delivery across numerous sectors in the USA and Canada
Tech-powered global design company, Bryden Wood, is strengthening its presence in the US by opening a new headquarters in Boston, MA, in the coming weeks. Bryden Wood board director Jaimie Johnston MBE, together with Phil Langley, board director and head of Bryden Wood’s creative technologies division, will lead the company’s US expansion.
Equinix, Amazon Web Services, Boldt, Chandos, and DPR Construction are already working with Bryden Wood on industrialized construction projects. The company’s new US HQ will allow more US clients to benefit from this market-leading approach.
“This move puts us at the center of an industry that embraces change – with large, tech-led clients working in innovative ways and moving quickly,” says Jaimie Johnston. “Being a US-registered company, with global teams, will enable us to take a leadership position for our US clients.”
Bryden Wood’s vision for industrialized construction brings together a platforms approach to design and construction, driven by digital configurators, and delivered using new commercial models such as Integrated Project Delivery.
Platforms are kits of parts composed of manufactured components. The approach offers standardization at component level and design freedom at asset level. With platforms, manufactured, tech-rich components are assembled highly efficiently and accurately on a site with fewer operatives, working in better conditions, more safely. Platforms offer more certainty that projects will deliver on time and on budget; with reduced carbon and re-use embedded in a project at the earliest stages of design.
Bryden Wood works with large, tech-led US clients to develop automated design technologies, such as digital configurators, that help global companies decide how, when, and where they develop their construction pipelines in a fraction of the time it would take to assess viability traditionally. Design configurators use genetic algorithms to generate thousands of design and engineering solutions for sites around the world.
The company’s approach to data center design and delivery has already delivered benefits to data centers across Europe, with significant increases in IT yield, productivity and speed to market, and reductions in carbon, energy consumption and waste.
“We’re consistently being asked the same questions by our US clients and general contractors – can you develop a kit of parts approach, and drive it using configurators? How will this approach reduce the time and costs to deliver my assets?” continues Johnston. “Clients are seeking the same benefits of continual improvement that have allowed other industries to flourish. By developing solutions that allow appropriate levels of repeatability, without sacrificing design quality, we’re helping them transform their businesses.”
Bryden Wood is working with: The Boldt Company, a leading contractor and lean construction expert, on a major manufacturing facility in the US; major Canadian constructor Chandos; and supply chain innovator and digital platform creator, KatalystDI.
Bryden Wood is also partnering with TerraPraxis and MIT on ‘repowering coal’; a major initiative to cut global carbon emissions by repowering coal-fired power plants with small modular reactors. This is a project with a critically urgent timeline, made feasible by Bryden Wood’s expertise in automated design and standardized construction.
Using standardized sets of manufactured components will create a new, open marketplace and new supply chain possibilities. These are already being explored by forward-thinking consultants in the US who are linking their clients directly to the supply chain to map out the industrialized construction process.
Scalability is where platforms and configurators really demonstrate their benefits. The data center, healthcare, energy, and pharma sectors are all industries with huge potential to improve design and delivery through industrialized construction.
Dissatisfaction with the status quo coupled with the right commercial models, a hunger for innovation, and the desire for scalability, mean the US construction sector is ripe for major change.
Phil Langley says: “Clients want more control in the way they make key decisions about their future assets. They want to get to market faster, be more productive, and achieve their climate goals. This means developing new, ownable, creative technologies to enable automated design. We develop algorithmic design software for the global data center and transport sectors that simply isn’t being developed anywhere else.”
Bryden Wood is an integrated, technical practice of creative technologists, architects, engineers, designers, and analysts leading the sector in a platforms approach to industrialized construction, creative technologies, and automated design.
The company has offices in London and St Albans; Barcelona; Milan; and Singapore with teams working seamlessly on global projects throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and now the US.
Notes to editors
Proven benefits of a platforms approach include:
- Reductions in:
- cost of construction
- time to plan, procure and build
- energy consumption
- Increases in:
- speed to market
- lettable area (for commercial buildings) and IT yield (for data centers)
- health and safety
All these drivers are highlighted in the 2020 Dodge Report as key benefits of Industrialized Construction.
At Bryden Wood, we have already developed digital configurators for numerous clients as early-stage design tools. This new technology enables a much faster design process than traditional methods.
We have been modernizing transport infrastructure for a while by automating highway design with REM (for Highways England). REM enables the early design stages of Smart Motorways Programme (SMP) schemes to be designed automatically.
Most recently, we’re working with major tech clients to automate the design of data centers globally. Using our web-based, algorithmic tools it typically takes around an hour to create an end-to-end workflow from defining a site, to selecting a single solution, to generating BIM and cost data.
This variety of uses demonstrates the broad capabilities of these digital design tools, which are beneficial not only for buildings, but also for linear infrastructure on a greater, geospatial, global level.