NCEF Resource List: Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Educational Facilities
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Information on the use of building information modeling (BIM) software for the design, documentation, construction, renovation, maintenance and operation of school facilities, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.

References to Books and Other Media

Building Information Modeling (BIM) at Whatcom Middle School.
Middleton, Reid
(, Jul 19, 2011)
After a devastating fire that destroyed the iconic Whatcom Middle School Building in Bellingham, Washington, Reid Middleton worked closely with the school district, their insurer, the design team, and the contractor to develop an innovative building replacement strategy. Due to the fast-paced project schedule and the complex nature of the project, Reid Middleton utilized a Revit building information model (BIM) to develop design drawings and to clearly and visually communicate. BIM helped facilitate the project’s success.

BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors. Second Edition.
Eastman, Chuck; Teicholz, Paul; Sacks, Rafael; and Liston, Kathleen
(Wiley, Apr 2011)
Provides an in-depth understanding of BIM technologies, the business and organizational issues associated with its implementation, and the advantages that effective use of BIM can provide to all members of a project team. 648p

BIM Accelerates Design-Build Delivery: The French School Story.
(American Institute of Architects, Feb 25, 2011)
As Architects of Record for the design-build team, Hilliard Architects helped the client: Lycee Francais La Perouse (an independent French immersion K-12 school) transform an historic landmark building (44,000 sf, two-stories with basement and roof terrace, seismically unsafe concrete building) to a middle and high school for 250+ kids in under eight months, on a tight budget, with 120 children inside.

References to Journal Articles

BIM: A Better View of Maintenance
Hounsell, Dan
Maintenance Solutions; Feb 2012
Discusses the benefits of BIM to maintenance and engineering managers. BIM software includes architectural data, and it holds comprehensive information on a facility's HVAC components, plumbing fixtures, doors, and windows, including product manufacturers and model information.

BIM: Becoming the Norm in School Planning
School Construction News; Nov 16, 2011
BIM, a handy school-planning tool, is fast becoming the norm in many school construction projects. Describes an elementary school project in Connecticut where BIM helped during the planning and initial stages of the project all the way through the construction.

Constructing the Perfect Design
Hendrickson, Tricia
School Construction News; Nov 2011
Recommends incorporating FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment) responsibilities into the program management function, allowing school districts to pull multiple disciplines into one source, delivering synergy, and the best possible solutions. Project managers smooth out the FF&E process by serving as a liaison between school officials and all project teams, helping communicate each partner’s needs. In addition, as the functionality of Building Information Modeling advances, the FF&E process will enhance the ability to design in digital space before installing furniture and fixtures in real space. This will help detect unforeseen problems with infrastructure coordination.

A Better BIM for Higher Education.
Speed, Vicki
POB; Oct 08, 2011
Describes the use of high definition laser scanning to help architects, engineers and contractors complete a new or renovated project at a college or university. It’s digital, accurate, measurable and fits perfectly in the emerging building information modeling environment.

BIM and Educational Projects.
Dunbar, Matthew; Kraling, Rebecca
Engineered Systems; Aug 2011
In this overview of building information modeling, the authors review how BIM helped in three different projects, often with particular usage- and efficiency-based HVAC demands. While BIM’s space management skills can reduce costly changeorders and building design “clashes” ahead of time, in at least one instance, using BIM actually influenced the HVAC strategy for the better, too. [Authors' abstract]

Beyond an Initial Campus Heritage Survey: Creating and Infrastructure for Renewal.
Neuman, David
Planning for Higher Education; v39 n3 , p71-78 ; Apr 2011
Using the example of the University of Virginia, this article details the process and results of a 2003 campus survey. The eligibility of significant historical buildings for renovation is discussed, as is the use of building information modeling (BIM) in the documentation and management of the process.

BIM in the Facility Manager's Toolkit.
Peglow, Timothy
Facilities Manager; v26 n6 , p34-39 ; Nov-Dec 2010
Advocates the use of building information modeling (BIM) in school facilities maintenance as well as design and construction. The features and abilities of BIM software are described, and advice on conversion to BIM from other applications is offered. Potential interface possibilities with facilities management software is also addressed.

Design Evolution.
Phillips, Aaron
American School and University; v83 n3 , p208-210 ; Nov 2010
Promotes the use of building information modeling (BIM) in school design and maintenance. The way BIM functions is explained, followed by a discussion of the many benefits of computerized modeling of building systems in design, construction, renovation, and maintenance. Examples of how savings through BIM can and are being realized are also described.

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
Blair, Scott
Green Source; v5 n5 , p62-65 ; Sep-Oct 2010
Profiles this satellite building of Arizona State University, built on a tight and reclaimed brownfield site in downtown Phoenix. The use of BIM and other fast-paced construction techniques are emphasized. Plans, photographs, and project statistics accompany the text.

An Owner's Guide to BIM: Separating Fact from Fiction.
Cooper, Michael; Gatti, Brett; Rihacek, Shaun; Corsiglia, James; Pesta, Kirk; Reamer, Timothy
Laboratory Design; v15 n5 , p8,9 ; Jun 2010
Discusses the benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for the owner and how to maximize those benefits. Advice on evaluating a design firm's BIM capabilities is included.

Using BIM in HVAC Design.
Knight, Dennis; Roth, Stephen; Rosen, Steven
ASHRAE Journal; v52 n6 , p24,26,28,30,32 ; Jun 2010
Demonstrates that BIM (building information modeling) software is a very effective tool when used at the beginning of the design process. When changes are made to the design, the software automatically updates HVAC requirements. Special ventilation needs, such as science labs, are taken into consideration.

The Secret of BIM. Adobe PDF
Chadwick, John
Learning By Design; n19 , p18-20 ; Spring 2010
Discuses Building Information Management (BIM) and how its three-dimensional design renderings are advancing school design. Examples of how BIM was used to model existing educational facilities are described.

A Bright Spot on a Lackluster Year: Green Trends Point to Rosier Outlook for Educational Facilities in 2010.
Spector, Marc
School Planning and Management; v49 n4 , p38,40,42 ; Apr 2010
Describes trends in "green" school construction, including display of energy consumption in the school, energy labeling, Building Information Modeling (BIM), campus-style schools uniting services and supplies, water conservation, carbon calculation, net-zero buildings, and sustainable building education.

BIM in the Field.
James, Darren L.
School Construction News; Mar 23, 2010
Explains the benefits of BIM for building owners, contractors and designers, including clash detection, material quantity takeoffs and visualization. BIM can also dramatically reduce construction cost overruns.

National Standard Brings Efficiency to Facility Planning.
Butler, R. Mark
American School and Hospital Facility; v33 n2 , p14-16 ; Mar-Apr 2010
Advocates the use of the National CAD Standard (NCS) in facility planning and management, as well as being a first step toward the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Building Information Modeling and the Door and Hardware Industry.
Bevill, Doug; Arsenault, Peter
Doors and Hardware; v74 n2 , p18-20,22,23 ; Feb 2010
Discusses the connection of building information modeling (BIM) with door and hardware specification, which is in its infancy, since most manufacturers BIM content is currently not interoperable with the designer's. Advice on what to look for when selecting BIM products is included.

BIM and Life-Cycle Analysis Help Determine Value of Green Strategies.
Niewoehner, Daniel
R&D Magazine; v15 n2 , p1-4 ; Feb 2010
Reviews six strategies used to assess the value of energy-saving features in a laboratory model. The return on investment, annual cost savings, and cost per LEED credit is described for heat recovery, a ground source heat pump, glazing, wind turbines, a high efficiencies boiler, photovoltaics, chilled beam cooling, and a green roof.

'Smart' Spaces Aren't Just for Classrooms Anymore. Adobe PDF
James, Darren L.; Infanzon, Nestor
Educational Facility Planner; v44 n4 , p19-21 ; 2010
Describes the revolution in total school design promulgated in Building Information Modeling (BIM). The article discusses the learning that occurs in every school space, not just the classrooms, and suggests how to plan hallways and even exterior spaces to promote dialogue and other interactions among students and teachers.



Due to lack of funding, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities is currently available only as an archived site. As of September 1, 2012 no new content will be added or updates made. We regret the need to take such steps, but should funding become available, we look forward to reinvigorating NCEF and providing this valuable resource to the educational facilities community.

If you have questions or are an organization or company wishing to support the continued operation of this industry recognized resource please contact Institute President Henry Green (, 202-289-7800).