This new small building is meant to host a private full immersion Italian K-12 school, in the Mission district of San Francisco. After a community meeting exposed serious concerns about the original design of the facade, I set out to re-imagine the relationship of the school with the street.
In order to open the first level to the life on the sidewalk, I used full height structural glass fins which completely de-materialize the first level of the building as perceived from the sidewalk, while I also reduced the structural impositions using thin, diagonal braces, and diagonal steel columns that also contribute to the later support system of the facade, thus avoiding bulky moment frames.
Above, in order to to reduce the heat gains of this southern facade I designed a metal brise solail screen that serves multiple purposes: it holds the urban edge of the block, it provides a strong relationship with the historical Hall next door, while it increases its permeability from top to bottom, toward the public street.
I used a simple Grasshopper script to design and generate the metal screen and locate it in the Revit model. Also, I have obtained an amazing resin 3D print from the great folks at Carbon 3D (see last two pictures.)
This project will redevelop the triangular site with a 40-foot high three-story commercial office building of 109,375 square feet with a two-level underground parking garage of 75,653 square feet. In addition, the project will complete the existing bridge crossing with the construction of a 64-foot-wide bridge over the drainage channel. The bridge will provide access to the building's main entrance and include a publicly accessible park space of 10,000 square feet. The project would also include an onsite stacked shipping container cafe.
I was asked to develop the CD set, while working directly on the production of several drawings, including: egress plans, enlarged plans and elevations, wall sections, roof details, etc.
While on the project, I have also produced some design studies for the corner glazed staircase.
These are studies for the suspended steel staircase construction and design, at the South-East glazed corner of the building:
The following animation was produced using a Dynamo script which I created in order to animate Revit section boxes. The animations were used to analyze the model and identify trouble areas and clashes throughout the model.
For this 73,000 GSF Communal Living project in Los Angeles I created and rendered some quick design studies for the main elevations. The building uses cross-laminated timber (CLT) as structural technology, and exposing the wood structural elements was one of the goal of the design.
The portions of the building facing the public roadways represent the web, with its chaos and vulnerabilities: the braced, irregular, glazed facade is built at the minimum allowed setback on the South and East edges of the site, and it contains the office spaces with the executive penthouse on the top floor. Glare is reduced using darkened glass, while on the south there are also louvers. The green roof helps cooling the building during the hot periods of the year.
On the west side, a massive, double walled mechanical concrete "Spine" functions has a figurative protection for the courtyard and the rest of the site, occupied by other existing buildings of the same company. The "Spine" holds most of the mechanical and service elements of the building, and on the West side its dark color and uniform large surface absorbs the sun radiations and prevents the office spaces from overheating. Additional heat exchange can be achieved by running water systems within the large concrete mass.
Two separate blocks are cladded in solar panels and provide opportunity for separate elements of the program: on the South, the Executive Briefing Center, while on the North the underground Service yard, and the Amenity area.
The Solar Orchard lays in the inner court, and provides additional renewable power production, while its pool provides freshness and moisture to the communal amenity space.
For the renovation of this important historical building I was tasked with building the BIM model of the structure, using the 1913 original drawings.
I was tasked with establishing the BIM model for this project. Once received the CAD drawings of the schematic design, I created the Revit model in order to produce the planning submittal, and later the CD set, which I worked on until about 50%.
Working closely with our client (Steven Steinberg), who provided the SD set of drawings, I produced the DD and CD sets for this single family residence, modeled and documented in Revit.
I was hired to create the Revit model for this lobby interiors, by BAMO, and to produce the 100%DD set. The given material was a SketchUp model and a Schematic PDF presentation.
We were retained by a renowned San Francisco firm, focusing on hospitality, as BIM consultants to begin the modeling of this complex home, located on a small island off the coast of Panama. The challenging roof shape was the focus of the client's design effort and that is where we spent most modeling hours. After a Schematic Phase, I begun to also visualize the residence, to help the client verify the aesthetics they had selected for the project.
To simulate an irregular wood constructions, I built some special beam and column families which where then randomly "flexed" and "disturbed" with a Dynamo script. This produced the look of irregular lumber throughout the house's structure (see especially the interior renderings).
After the renderings and photo-montages produced for different client's presentations, I also produced a couple of study animations for this house.
This project was already being built when I assembled a BIM "task force" dedicated to modeling this building, with the intention of documenting in Revit the interior design, which was also within the scope of work of the studio.
For this closed competition I was asked to assemble a team and develop the building concept created as a Plexiglas scale model. Within a week I modeled a Revit version of the building, and the team produced a presentation for a meeting with a client representative (and one of the competition judges) who helped the studio with important feedback.
I was asked to continue CA on this project, while under construction. Using the Chinese made CD set of drawings, I created a study model in Revit, and begun to analyse the problems of fireproofing for the diagonal void cut of the facades. The on-going results were a series of questions (for both the contractor and the client) which we crafted in the form of markup sheets (see last two images).
These are studies I produced for the hotel portion of a larger commercial development. After some initial options, the designed focused on the hexagonal pods motives, which echoed the 3D hexagonal design of the storefronts, already proposed to the client.
This was my first assignment at Fuksas. This large commercial Centre and amusement park also included a 50 rooms Hotel, with amenity podium, and a separate Auditorium. I have been modeling and then directing the modeling of all components of the project (Auditorium, Park, Mall, and Hotel), when the client put the project on hold.
This 200,000 SF office building has a fairly complex curtain wall geometry which required a careful review of the curtain wall submittal during CD and CA. In fact, several in-s and out-s, together with convex and concave corner conditions, in both horizontal and vertical directions, created challenging curtain wall details. I produced studies of some of these conditions for client approval and contractor clarification purposes, especially around the main entry lobby. I have also produced some studies for the interior of the main lobby. Other tasks for this project included amendments of the CD set to include detailed area calculations, and miscellaneous shell plan revisions.
When asked to help with the CD of this lobby, I developed the details for the security desk backlit LED panel cladding, the folding GFRG ceiling, and the stone cladding. I was also able to identify issues with the framing of the dropped ceiling being built, and point out to the contractor the inconsistency with the CD set.
A $1.3BL mixed use project in the SOMA district of San Francisco, the two million square foot development comprises two high-rise towers, along with impressive new public spaces and important new pedestrian links through downtown. Together, the buildings provide 1.35 million square feet of office space and 650,000 square feet of residential units.
As BIM coordinator for the Heller Manus team, I have been working on the SD documents for the project's four level basement.
In particular, I was involved with the 3D modeling of the garage, the parking, and the distribution of the dense program for the hotel and residentail component of the towers above (Locker rooms, bike storage room, hotel programs such as laundry and admin offices, etc.).
This high-rise tower is designed to be erected on top of the former San Francisco Mining Exchange building, a Neo-classic Greek temple facade with a richly decorated interior hall structure to be preserved and restored. I have been working as the Senior Building Professional on the CD set, and as Revit Specialist and designer for the Mining Exchange, the historical portion of the project.
Below, an animation I produced from the Revit model.
The Mule Creek Infill Complex Project is a design-build, stipulated sum project with a contract value of approximately $330 million. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) project includes 544,000 SF of new construction, spread across 23 individual buildings. The scope of work, adjacent to the active, high-security Mule Creek State Prison, includes the mass excavation of over 1,000,000 cubic yards of material, all new site utilities and systems to support the new complex and over one mile of lethal electrified fencing.
For this project I have first participated in the Competition and then I was in the team that developed the project from DD through 100% CD. I was the BIM manager for the HOK office. I have also produced some renderings for marketing purposes.
For this 275,000 SF, $165 million San Mateo County jail, I revised the CD set of drawings, particularly all exterior elevations sheets; I have also remodeled and documented the roofs.
For this high-rise building I have helped with the Bulletin #4, issued for the street lobby. In particular, I have remodeled and documented the elevator alcoves with their wood and stone paneling. I have also revised the RCP and other Revit drawings.
I was hired by Shah Kawasaki to work with the Construction Administration team for this large hospital project. One of the major tasks of the team involved the production and delivery of ACDs (Amended Construction Drawings). Some sheets for ACD 033 follows in the gallery below.
This project proposed an addition to an existing chalet in Mill Valley. The addition was composed of a expanded open kitchen, double height dining space, and a remodeled living room.
For this 108,000 SF, 120 FT tall, 11 stories, high-rise residential building I have provided BIM modeling and visualization services. Starting from a Sketchup model and DWG backgrounds, I have created and rendered the model in Revit (shell only).
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