In ACE Team 1 on 03.04.2014 at .
If we were really in studio, we’d be about to pull some all-nighters…lets load up on the coffee friends. We’ve got one more meeting to try and get all the drawings done that we can!! (And some time outside of ACE for all you wonderful overachievers!) I unfortunately had to miss ACE last week for my own project deadline, however, I spoke to the team and this is where we stand:
- Site Plan – needs to be colored, labeled, and have entourage added
- Architectural Plans for Floors 1-3 – floors 1 & 3 need final coordination and color, Floor 2 needs to be drafted, coordinated, and colored
- Sections – update sections per new floor plans, add color
- 3D Model Images – finalize 2-3 images for boards – finish any modeling to make these look bad-a!
- Structural Engineering Diagrams – finalize design for system, complete modeling
- Sustainability Diagram – figure out sustainable materials and approaches for this building – find images to incorporate into our presentation board
- Budget Estimates – take a last past to tidy this up from last week, this is close
- Construction Schedule / Feasibility – again, close to being done, finalize details
- Construction Logistics Plan – finalize architectural plans, and coordinate from there
Also, a big thank you to the students who were able to make it out to the ACE Luncheon last Friday! Christian, Alex, Dustin, Brittney, Irene, Matt, Patty – thanks for representing Team 1 – I proudly shed a single tear for you guys, it was very dramatic. I know getting out of school and getting a fancy free meal is fun now…and trust me, it’s just as much fun 10 years later to leave work for a free meal too ;) Not only that, but ACE has been overactive this year in raising money for scholarships, putting together summer build programs, and offering PAID summer internships. I hope all of you will consider applying for at least one of these three benefits – we’ll put more information on the blog when we get it!
Remember, if you’re interesting in going on the University of Illinois field trip, we need your permission slips by March 13. Otherwise, keep rocking on our library, we’re getting close!!
Thursday, March 6
VOA Office @ 224 South Michigan Avenue, Floor 14
In Uncategorized on 03.03.2014 at .
In Team 4, we presented ideas for exterior materials for the project, a school dormitory. The presentation included information about the types of exterior materials and an idea for the shape of our building. Buildings such as the Aqua Tower and the Shanghai Tower were presented in the presentation. We discussed the pros and cons of each exterior type such as the cost and availability of the material. We also discussed that many buildings have a distinct feature that allows people to differentiate between office buildings apartments, and schools. Certain changes in the shape or color of the building allows people to easily make distinction between the function of the building.
After the presentation, we separated into six groups. The groups consisted of MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing, Skin, Floor Plans, Presentation, 3D Massing (3D Modeling), and Topography. Each group worked on a specific aspect for the overall building. The MEP group was in charge of the planning for the necessary plumbing and electrical plans for the building. They worked closely with the Floor Plan group to ensure that there are space for the equipment necessary for the building. The Skin group explored more in depth about the exterior materials and the look and feel of the building. The Floor Plan group started editing the final decisions for the floor plans to make a clearer copy of the type of floors the building will include. With four sessions left to finish the project, the Presentation group worked on presentation tips and the overall layout of a presentation. The 3D Massing group worked on Sketch Up to specify the type of function each floor of the building. Lastly, the Topography group worked on the details of the site.
In ACE Team 3 on 02.25.2014 at .
The students spent the week refining our floor plans. One of our design students volunteered to take the hand drawn plans and bring them into Revit so the group could later coordinate with Structure and MEP trades. The small groups broke out again to further develop the floors they worked on.
The engineering students learned about foundation design and mechanical unit placement and chase sizes. Its surprising how big these things are, huh? Our construction mentors talked with the construction students about site logistics and crane logistics for our highly constricted site. We finished the meeting with a coordination meeting that cause the design to be reconsidered: if we build to the property line, the crane will be unable to fit on our site, the students decided to shift the lobby wall north by a few feet to create the proper clearance.