Team 4 had our final meeting last night to prepare for this year’s presentation. The students and mentors gathered to review all of the work we completed this year. It really is awesome to see how far our project has come over the past several months – from an empty site without programming or requirements to our building complete with floor plans and models.

Over the past few weeks, the team has compiled sketches, pictures, and models to share in Friday’s presentation. The small groups have also been busy finalizing their floor plans and designs for presentation. At last night’s meeting, the team reviewed all of these components and the students prepared for and practiced their individual parts in front of the large group. We are all excited to unveil our final product this Friday evening at the UIC Forum – 725 Roosevelt Road, Chicago!

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There aren’t too many updates from this week, but progress definitely continued!

The architecture group began to look at the final presentation. The outline is in the works, and the group now has a better grasp as to what deliverables will be needed and what topics will need to be discussed during the presentations on April 3rd.

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The structural group came very close to finalizing the column layout and getting that into a computer-aided design (CAD) program. The building is curvy and has some open areas, so it’s been a challenging process.

The construction group looked at the phasing and scheduling in more detail. They discussed the sequence of events during construction and brushed up on some key concepts like critical path.

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Team 4 has been busy at work finalizing their project. Now that massing is complete, the students continued to work in teams to refine the component details.

The mentors from Thornton Tomasetti explained the different types of structures to the students and worked with the team to determine the material and lateral system best suited for our design. The students then worked in their small groups to develop the floor plans for each of the building’s uses. This was a fun exercise as the students learned the impacts of their floor design on the other floors. They discussed efficient and effective placement of elevators, staircases, and restrooms and worked together to achieve their individual group priorities.

As we near the final presentation, Team 4 broke into new groups. The students had the opportunity to choose the building component or project element they wanted to focus on and chose between working on the Exterior, Site Plan and Lower and First Level Plans, Second and Third Floor Plans, Roof Design, Structure, Construction Management, and the presentation.

Many of the students have been working on the floor plans in Revit and have been excitedly preparing the final product.

Next week, we will continue to finalize Team 4’s project before the presentation on April 3rd!

The structural team looked at several key details of the project - column layout and support beam direction. They also began drafting the column design in CAD.

One week closer to final design!

We started this week off with a project coordination meeting. The structural group presented their ideas to the architectural group and asked for feedback. The architects liked most of the structural ideas and layouts presented, so it was a relatively easy coordination meeting.

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After the coordination meeting, the groups split up to continue working on their portion of the project. The architects continued to look at the building layout and movement of people while the structural group dove into the details of column layout and design.

The structural team looked at several key details of the project - column layout and support beam direction. They also began drafting the column design in CAD.

The structural team looked at several key details of the project – column layout and support beam direction. They also began drafting the column design in CAD.

Just a few weeks left until final presentations! They are scheduled for Friday, April 3rd. Please see the ACE calendar for more details.

Team 7 has been busy over the last few weeks! The three groups continue to work on individual assignments within their specialty (architecture, structural design, or construction and scheduling) but there is plenty of collaboration between groups in order to keep things moving efficiently.

The architecture group made a lot of progress over the past two weeks. They’ve nearly completed the floor plans fo r each of the 3 floors, and have discussed a number of options for the building skins and roof materials.

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The structural group was able to spend the most recent session laying out a column design. Because the building’s second floor footprint will be larger than that of the first floor, some non-traditional support design may be needed in order to support the overhanging areas. A few large open atrium areas will also serve as interesting challenges for the team.

The construction group finished up the physical site model in Week 12. Once the building design is firmed up, efforts will begin to build a physical model of the building to go on the site model. In Week 13, this group discussed a construction staging plan for the site and answered important questions like: Where will we put the construction entrances so that trucks can make deliveries on site? Where will we place our site office so that it doesn’t interfere with the building structure? This past week, they discussed the beginnings of a cost estimate and looked at some example projects.

We are excited to see all the pieces come together over the last few remaining weeks of the year!


Keep in mind:

  • UIUC Field Trip Forms are due at the next meeting (3/11), Field trip is Saturday 3/14
  • The Discover Architecture program at UIUC is a great summer option for those interested in learning more about architecture. Check out the website here. There will be two ACE students awarded scholarships to this program. In addition, there is a drawing competition for a third scholarship opportunity (also on their website).

It’s Crunch Time…

“I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.”

-John Keating, Dead Poets’ Society

In our eleventh week of ACE 2014/15 (wow! only seven more meetings left!) Team 2 met at Primera’s office to learn the particulars of MEP and related architectural engineering. After a nice tour of the office students were presented with the ceiling-in-a-box challenge. Using copper wire, a variety of colored pipe cleaners, a white foam rectangle, and wooden spools and cylinders each pair of students had to coordinate typical MEP systems  within a small box, representative of a ceiling cavity. This was a unique activity to help students truly understand the challenge in coordination, creativity, and space management that engineers undertake daily.

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Having completed the ceiling-in-a-box challenge Team 2 reconvened to decide on a final floor plan configuration for the performance space. After this exercise, the students were divided up into discipline groups: architecture, structure, MEP, and construction management. Each discipline group met with the respective mentors from each profession to discuss what specific deliverables or product would need to be presented to our client and the rest of ACE 2014/15 at the final presentation in April. The next several weeks will be spent preparing drawings, models and other tools to convey the project’s concept and goal.