Faculty Advisor

Albano, Leonard D.

Faculty Advisor

Salazar, Guillermo F.


The project explored using Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a tool to provide continuity in the flow of information from the design/construction phases of the new Center to its occupation/operation by the WPI Department of Facilities. Three structural steel alternatives were designed, presented visually, and then compared to the precast arches located above the natatorium. A decision matrix was used to evaluate the structural options and select a preferred system. A BIM-prototype was created to demonstrate the capabilities of BIM for storage and retrieval of closeout documents and other critical information for the Department of Facilities. This system demonstrates the benefits of using information technology for facilitating the phases of construction and facilities management.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2011


Civil Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering