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GRAPHISOFT Brazil Client MCA Architecture is ‘Grande Prêmio de Arquitetura Corporativa’ Grand Prize Winner

Matt Ball on November 16, 2015 - in Buildings, Design/Engineering

BUDAPEST, Nov. 16, 2015—GRAPHISOFT, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software developer for architects and designers, is pleased to announce that MCA Arquitetura of Brazil has won the Grand Prize in the XII. Grande Prêmio de Arquitetura Corporativa in the Green Building – Public Construction category for its design of the Sebrae-ES headquarters.

The Sebrae-ES project, due to its location, was very challenging from a legislation point of view that resulted in — using Building Information Modeling — an innovative and outstanding design.  The building boasts 15 items of sustainability, including water reuse, solar panels, use of sustainable materials and finishes, as well as the proper orientation of the building, which took into account the local climate. 

The Grande Prêmio de Arquitetura Corporativa is the largest and most creative architecture prize in Latin America; it is the only prize that rewards the end customer along the architectural firm, thus recognizing those who invest in quality architecture.  This year, there were 1,098 entries across 20 categories.

The use of ARCHICAD in the development of designs
According to Carlos Eduardo Calmon, a founding partner of MCA Architecture, “The use of ARCHICAD in this project was essential to its success; we used all available resources to develop the project beginning with the preliminary studies, detailed design and compatibility with other disciplines.”

Sebrae-ES is a special case for GRAPHISOFT, not only because of the outstanding quality of the project, but also because MCA Architecture used all the unique tools the software developer has to offer, proving the benefits of innovation in the construction industry workflow for green solutions.  BIMx Pro was invaluable during the detailing phase:  the overall design set had over 700 layouts and was presented on an iPad, via BIMx Pro, instead of a printed set, saving money and natural resources; each new version was updated automatically.

About MCA Arquitetura

MCA Arquitetura was established in 2009 as an architecture division of MCA Estruturas, a 15 year-old engineering company.  The firm employs BIM technology as the standard-bearer of its designs.


GRAPHISOFT ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ARCHICAD, the industry-first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT has been a part of the Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2007.

Matt Ball

About Matt Ball

Matt Ball is founder and editorial director of V1 Media, publisher of Informed Infrastructure, Earth Imaging Journal, Sensors & Systems, Asian Surveying & Mapping and the video news site GeoSpatial Stream.

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