Construcciones Planificadas coordinates more than 30 teams to build a cancer treatment center in Colombia

by Matt Alderton, Contributing Writer and Heather Howe, Marketing Editor on November 26, 2019


Construcciones Planificadas is a real estate development and construction company that has helped urbanize and provide housing across Colombia since 1959. The company has remained successful, despite the civil war that made Colombia one of the most violent places on Earth for the past 50 years. After the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached a peace agreement with the country, Construcciones Planificadas saw an opportunity to help rebuild Colombia.

The Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo Cancer Treatment and Research Center (CTIC) is one of the first major projects Construcciones Planificadas is focusing on and will be an all-in-one diagnosis, testing, treatment, management, and recovery center. A comprehensive facility like this requires comprehensive planning. The company knew efficient collaboration and alignment between stakeholders would be key, not only for successful project completion, but also to come together in the spirit of renewed unity. One part to this successful team building was the use of Autodesk Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions, helping Construcciones Planificadas coordinate more than 30 disciplines and stay on track to open CTIC in 2021.


CTIC is a philanthropic project sponsored by Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo—Colombian billionaire and original founder of Construcciones Planificadas. The 1,076,391 square foot hospital is Angulo’s gesture of thanks to his home country and will provide much-needed cancer services that are lacking in Colombia. The completed hospital will serve more than 7,000 people each year and include a 107,639 square-foot building where researchers will work towards solutions that will serve even more.

Like many hospitals, designing and building with complete accuracy is essential. The life-saving elements at CTIC—including six operating rooms and 60 chemotherapy chairs—must be designed and built with optimal precision. To achieve this, Construcciones Planificadas needed to coordinate with many experts across a wide variety of disciplines. The challenge would be keeping all stakeholders aligned through the entire process.


The CTIC project team includes subcontractors, external stakeholders, and international health-care vendors and consultants. Additionally, the team regularly sought the feedback from medical professionals and even patients to ensure the design was on track. Construcciones Planificadas chose to align all these stakeholders from start to finish with the use of BIM technology.

To create and coordinate the initial design, teams collaborated using Autodesk® Revit® software. The 3D environment in Revit allows designers to create and view the intricate details required for CTIC to function. Users can see these details added and updated in real-time, maintaining alignment across all stakeholders and ensuring total accuracy. To stay within budget and maintain quality control, the team leveraged Autodesk® Navisworks® solutions, and Autodesk® BIM 360® Docs for overall project management.


Thanks to the use of Autodesk BIM solutions, Construcciones Planificadas and the rest of the CTIC team successfully coordinated 30 different disciplines. Cancer is currently the second-highest cause of death in Colombia, and the completion of the treatment facility will be a huge step towards improving treatment and saving lives.


Construcciones Planificadas has a strong commitment to sustainability on many of its projects, and CTIC is no exception. The use of BIM is helping the team work towards a LEED Healthcare v3 certification from the United States Green Building Council.


The overall spirit of alignment and collaboration reflects a new beginning for Colombia in this era of peace. Construcciones Planificadas’ CTIC project is just one part of the country’s effort to rebuild for a better future.

“It would be impossible to coordinate such a large, international team using a traditional 2D methodology. BIM guarantees that you have fewer faults in the final product.”

—Mauricio Patiño, Design Manager, Construcciones Planificadas

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