Schools of the Future: Using BIM Technology to Improve Design Safety and Performance

Presented by Chris Ambridge, Saravanan Bala, Matt Johnson, and Eddie Van Slambrouck
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1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 IDCEC CEU; 0.1 ICC CEU; 1 IIBEC CEH; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how BIM visualizations can improve design choices for occupant comfort and well being.
  2. Define how BIM code validation tools can improve adherence to the requirements of national and local safety codes.
  3. Describe how BIM collaboration can be used across disciplines to improve construction safety.
  4. List the ways in which BIM can assist designers in easily testing projects for sustainability and energy efficiency.

This course is part of the Business and Technology of Architecture Academy

Now more than ever, the community importance of school buildings is being recognized. Educational buildings must serve many functions beyond classroom education, such as providing essential social support services to the communities they serve. Multiple programming goals demand flexible spaces, and in addition, school design must focus on sustainability and security. Many firms are turning to BIM technology not only to lower costs and make the construction process more efficient, but also to design safer and better-performing school buildings. In this webinar, you will hear from a panel well-versed in using BIM for innovative educational projects who will share their experience and lessons learned.

Schools of the Future


Chris Ambridge AIA, is an Associate Principal at cg+s architects. Chris has been at the firm since 2004 and has worked mainly on k-12 education projects within the Washington DC area. Chris is particularly interested the design opportunities that arise from close collaboration across a team during the design and construction process.


Saravanan Bala, AIA, LEED-AP, NCARB, ALEP is the Principal of the Education Studio and is an Accredited Learning Environment Planner. He is an accomplished architect who has designed and managed several successful high schools around the state. Saravanan is a nationally recognized expert in evolutionary trends in curriculum, pedagogy and learning, and brings a wealth of research and data pertaining to the role educational environments can play to catalyze learning outcomes. He frequently presents at national and regional conferences and specializes in helping school districts developing their own pathways to achieving their educational goals.


Matt Johnson, RA is a Registered Architect and an Associate at Orcutt | Winslow. He specializes in Educational design, BIM technology, and Project Management. He is an award winning designer and architect that strives for innovation in design and BIM technology on every project he manages. Because of his expertise in Building Information Modeling Matt was asked to teach architecture students at Arizona State University where he was a Faculty Associate for 5 years. His true passion is designing places that elevate and enrich the human experience on the earth, he feels places of learning provide a special opportunity to do this because of the integral role they play within their communities and the many lives they influence.


A licensed architect since 2016, Eddie Van Slambrouck, LEED AP, ALEP Project Architect, QKA Architecture developed his interest in design from a wide array of experiences, from building backyard chicken coops to planning large infrastructure projects. Further, while earning his Master of Architecture degree, he received several jury prize awards that fueled his interest in digital media and 3D modeling – a skill that enables his clients to accurately visualize and approve the final project on screen before construction begins. In addition, as a LEED Accredited Professional since 2008, Van Slambrouck has a strong expertise in sustainable design and renewable energy systems.

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Originally published in February 2021