April 15, 2009

AIA, Columbus Ohio


notes intermingled with my own thoughts.

from http://www.3-form.com/images/case_studies/cs_675/USGBC_2.jpgKen’s lecture affirmed several points to be considered in design – and green design.

  • Working with the consultants and contractors from day one of the design creates an innovative and informed design that architects cannot do alone.
    • The mechanical engineer pointed out if workstations are kept away from the exterior window edge by making it a corridor, a greater temperature gradient can be maintained along the perimeter. This increased gradient reduces heating and air-conditioning cost.
    • Lighting corridors in open office space can be done with over spill lighting. Uniform lighting within a space is not required to function it is only a paradigm we have come to believe.
    • Greater reflective carpet, light color, along exterior windows increases daylight within a space.
  • The cost of products must include the cost to the client from manufacturer point to how it is installed within the space.
    • The carbon beams allowed the structure to be walked into the space without closing streets and taking out windows.
  • Early selection of manufacturer’s products influences the design.
    • The choice of lighting systems allowed a flexible workstation and demounted office configuration due to the ability to remotely change which light is controlled by which light switch.
    • Automatic shades allowed the exterior glazing to remain clear without additional shading films or manual shades that tend to be always down.
  • Good Design
    • Old growth wood found at the bottom of a river provide rich wood wall panels in the lobby.
    • Inset trough lighting was place where space was available creating a artistic random pattern in the meeting rooms’ prefunction space.
    • Views for everyone through low workstation walls and interior glass walls.
    • Water feature and translucent nature scenes on wall panels.
    • Biomimicry: is a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems.
  • Good design cost time and money.
    • This is not that green design cost more money; it is that all good design cost money. The USGBC square foot cost was twice the price of many tenant interior fit outs I have done. TI construction has been reduced to such a low standard of quality and design time that very limited innovation is being developed. But, we will keep pushing.