International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) is pleased to acknowledge the winners of the 2014 Go Beyond Awards. Go Beyond Award winners show their commitment to excellence in sustainability in laboratory and other high-technology facility projects by going beyond the facility itself to consider shared resources, infrastructure and services, and neighboring communities, and contribute to increased use of energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable designs, systems, and products. This year’s award winners also include the first-ever Building Information Modeling (BIM) award, co-sponsored by the buildingSMART alliance.

EcoDomus received the Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Laboratory Operations and Maintenance Award during the 2014 I2SL Annual Conference Opening Plenary Session on Monday, September 22 (

For the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMI’s) Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, EcoDomus, Inc. created as-built BIM for lifecycle operations and maintenance (O&M) of the 500,000 square foot medical research laboratory. This included collecting the Construction-Operations Building information exchange (COBie) data for the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems in the EcoDomus PM software and providing a simple three-dimensional BIM interface for the O&M team.

The BIM interface enables O&M staff to locate shut-off valves for the facility’s chilled and condensed water systems using EcoDomus Mobile software. Additionally, all relevant documents are being attached to the corresponding BIM objects or systems. The interface allows O&M staff to understand how one asset or system could impact other assets or systems of the laboratory.

The current stage of the project includes integration of BIM with the Building Automation System (BAS) from Siemens, and integration with the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) from Accruent. The BAS/BIM integration will allow for better continuous commissioning of the facility. I2SL’s BIM for O&M survey indicated that BIM application for energy improvements and continuous commissioning is the top focus for the survey responders’ organizations.

EcoDomus, Inc.’s use of multiple open standards with an end user focus for HHMI’s facility made for a successful and effective BIM project.