Fixtures, Furnishings and Equipment (3:50 min)

Exercise 14–Add Fixtures, Furnishings and Equipment

We can add all sorts of components to our models: toilets, sinks, desks, chairs, office equipment, Lighting fixtures, etc.

Catch-up file completed to this point: 14_Medical Center_Components.rvt

Add Plumbing Fixtures

  1. In the Level 1 floor plan, zoom in on the three small rooms to the left of the atrium space near Grid 9.
  2. On the Architecture tab, click the Component tool.
  3. On the Modify tab, click the Load Family button.

If you do not have the folders listed in your installed library, each of the families mentioned has been provided with the dataset. You can alternatively load them from there instead.

  1. Browse to the Plumbing\Architectural\Fixtures\Water Closets folder.
  2. Select the Toilet-Commercial-Wall-3D.rfa family and then click Open.
  3. Click on the face of a wall to place the component. Place one in each toilet room (see Figure 14–1).

Figure 14–1 Place toilets using the Component tool

  1. Click Load Family again. This time browse to the Plumbing\Architectural\Fixtures\Sinks folder.
  2. Hold down the ctrl key and select the Sink-Mop-2D.rfa family and the Sink-Single-2D.rfa family. Click Open.
  3. Place an instance of Sink-Single-2D in each toilet room.
  4. From the Properties palette, switch to the mop sink and place it in the janitor’s closet between them. Use the spacebar to rotate it before placement.

Figure 14–2 Add sinks

Place Casework and Furniture

Let’s add a few items to some of the exam rooms

  1. Remain in the Component tool.
  2. On the ribbon click Load Family.
  3. Browse to the Casework\Counter Tops folder.
  4. Select the Counter Top.rfa family and then click Open.
  5. Tap the spacebar to rotate it.

Zoom in on the exam room at Grid intersection D6.

  1. Snap to the lower left corner of the room to place the counter.
  2. Repeat placement in the adjacent rooms (see Figure 14–3).

Figure 14–3 Place countertops in the exam rooms

  1. Load another family. From the Casework\Wall Cabinets folder open the Upper Cabinet-Double Door-Wall.rfa family.
  2. Place two instances above each counter top (see Figure 14–4).

Figure 14–4 Add some upper cabinets above each countertop

Continue in this way adding other equipment and furnishings. There are many items included in the provided library. When you are unable to locate an item you need in the provided folders, you can try searching online. There are many websites devoted to sharing Revit content items. Some are free and some charge a fee. Always take some time to test out the content items in a temporary project before loading into a live project just in case there is some behavior or characteristic of them that is not compatible with your project, its standards or your company workflow. If you are unable to find something suitable after searching online, you can always try your hand at creating content items yourself. This would occur in the Revit family editor. But the details of doing so are out of the scope of this document.


There is much more to architectural communication than simply having a building model. We often need to add dimensions, notes and other kinds of annotation to convey our design intent. Such items are created directly in the views within Revit, but often these items remain connected to the underlying model geometry to which they are associated. In this way, changes not only update the model but keep the annotation coordinated as well.