H. D. Woodson HS

New and Improved High School with the Help of BIM

New and Improved High School with the Help of BIM

With the use of BIM, W. L. Gary Company, Inc. was able to coordinate and tackle the intricate piping systems in the new environmentally friendly H. D. Woodson High School, including a cistern system, a swimming pool, and a Green roof.

Key Characteristics:

  • BIM;
  • Seeking LEED Gold Certification;
  • Completed on time


A local high school, H. D. Woodson, was starting over; out with the old and in with a new LEED certified learning facility.  This high school was demoed on site and a new school was built in its place.  This new school was seeking LEED Gold, which means it planned to utilize many energy saving mechanical systems.  The design included the installation and use of a cistern system of 20,000 gallon and 10,000 gallon storage tanks underground to hold the rain water captured by the storm rain leaders to be used in flushing of the urinals and toilets.

Many other new amenities for the students were also planned for the space, including an indoor swimming pool, state of the art science labs, and a Green Roof where the students will monitor the plant growth.  With all of the amenities needing water, drainage, and/or gas, the piping in the building became intricate and imperative to get right.


To ensure that the intricate piping systems were installed to service all the amenities of the building, W. L. Gary Company teamed up with the Engineer and created a 3-D model with Building Information Modeling (BIM).  This 3-D model coordinated all of the piping systems together in the construction of the building.  By seeing all parts together in one 3-D model, conflicts can be identified before building even begins, saving both time and money on site.

As the building is being constructed, all trades update the BIM drawing with even the slightest change, resulting in a clear, concise, and accurate As Built drawing at the end.  Also, to make the transition from the construction team to the building operator more efficient, the O & M’s are installed on the BIM drawing. This allows the building operator to click on a piece of equipment in the BIM drawing and pull up the O & M for that particular piece of equipment.  These precise drawings and integrated O & M’s make the transition more seamless.

The project was scheduled to be completed and ready for students to attend in the fall, and with the help of BIM, the complete date was met.

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