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Luxury Apartment Complex Photo Documentation Case Study

Multi-family Developer Trusts Multivista to Track Project Progress

When building a 285-unit luxury apartment complex in Miami, ZOM, one of Florida’s leading developers, wanted to keep tabs on construction progress to make sure things were on schedule and on budget. However, with several projects in development and several stakeholders to keep in the loop, they didn’t want to have to make additional site visits.

So, in order to track the progress of the BLU at North Bay Village project in Miami, ZOM turned to the construction photo documentation expertise of Multivista.

THE SITUATION

Founded in 1977, ZOM built its reputation from the ground up, eventually becoming one of the most highly-regarded multi-family developers in the United States. With more than 16,500 apartments developed, ZOM’s staff are meticulous about deliverables and quality assurance on every project. Unfortunately, ZOM’s desire for careful record-keeping was not being met by their architects and contractors, leaving them on the hook for taking photographs of as-built conditions.

ZOM found the perfect answer to their problems in Multivista. Multivista documents the progression of construction projects through professional photography and an easy-to-use online platform.

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Before Multivista, the process of tracking the progression of our construction was much more manual,” says Brett Gelsomino, Development Project Manager at ZOM. Aside from the regular architect reports, a ZOM employee or the contractor would snap pictures randomly or as needed. Although these were useful, we had to dig through phones or cameras to find shots, time stamp images, upload, and organize. It took time away from other important tasks.

My favorite feature in the Multivista platform is being able to select a few pictures and generate a report with date and time stamps, location markers, and all associated information. It can show the evolution of one detail over time, or it can show specifics in an area at a certain time, and then I can print it or email it to anyone involved in the project.

When a Multivista photographer comes on site to take pictures, we’re getting hundreds of shots,” Gelsomino explains. “That was incredibly difficult for us to do before. We were really only taking specific shots, so it wasn’t nearly as thorough compared to the amount of information and pictures we now have access to in the Multivista platform. close-quote_1
Brett Gelsomino - Project Manager

THE BLU PROJECT

ZOM hired Multivista to track construction progress on the BLU at North Bay Village project. For this apartment development, ZOM chose the following shoot types:

  • Interior and exterior progressions
  • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) Exact-Built
  • Window installations Exact-Built

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The main advantage for us in using Multivista has really been about maintaining the highest level of quality control and verification.

Construction at BLU has been going very well, but if we ever do run into anything, it’s useful having the pictures to see how things were assembled or what’s going on behind the walls without having major delays or expenses associated with tearing things apart.

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Brett Gelsomino - Project Manager