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.



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.

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