City Point

Simplifying and Visualizing a Complex Construction Project


Brooklyn, NY


Acadia Realty Trust, The Brodsky Organization & Gensler

Project Cost

$430 million


City Point is a mixed-use development in downtown Brooklyn off Fulton Street, the borough’s main retail corridor. LiRo was brought in to generate an information model from the 2-D CAD design documents and to help manage the complexity of the project.

About the Project

City Point is 1.9 million sf, including local and national retail, affordable and market rate housing, as well as a new park. It is a catalyst in revitalizing the surrounding community. The project is a composite of three projects: a five-story retail podium with two separate residential towers above it. Tower one is 35 floors of affordable housing, and tower two is a 45-floor market-rate residential rental tower.

LiRo VDCO also produced complete virtual walk-through animations to visualize the finished project including materials, signage, store interiors, planting, cars, and people. The VDCO involvement ran from 2013-2021.

Project Challenges & Solutions

The phase two projects were designed and constructed concurrently by different developers, designers, and construction teams. For the construction phase, the VDCO role was to educate and coordinate all the sub-contractors throughout the construction phase. A sophisticated system of clash detection was used to visualize and track all the clashes. A coordination set was also created to complement the 2D Design documents where all the systems were color coded and the elevation were indicated so the minimum clearance heights could be guaranteed for the future tenants. Additionaly, LiRo identified all required beam penetrations, which substantially reduced costs for the client.


Once completed, City Point will be 1.6-1.9 million sf and include retail, affordable and market-rate housing, as well as a new park.


Virtual Design, Construction, & Operations Services
Applied Technologies


Parks & Recreation