The portions of this building facing the public road ways 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 space with the executive penthouse. 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.
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.
We were retained by a renowned San Francisco firm, focusing on hospitality, as BIM consultants to produce quick visualizations for this large residential development in Southern California. We received the Revit model from the design team and developed 3 renderings in less than a week.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
For this 100% DD set submittal I have been producing the Fire Life Safety Plans, together with the Gallery's plans, RCPs, and Sections. The existing portions of the building are shown hatched.
For this CD submittal I focused on the Gallery's seismic joints covers, between the ACT and the K Building. I developed the Revit families designed to represent both the interior and exterior joint covers, which were then detailed and scheduled.
After the Schematic Design phase was completed by the the initial architect, we took over the design development of this interior remodeling, eventually producing the Planning Review set, and the Permit Set.
This complex is over 550,000 square feet, has a contract value of $497 million, and includes courthouses, ballistic ranges, laboratories, and a number of other functions. My role for this project was project architect, with a secondary Revit support task. During the DD phase I have been assigned to the sheets representing the stairs and elevators enlarged plans and sections. Later, I was assigned to the door schedule and plan check for all door and screens in the Laboratory block of the building. I worked closely with a senior technical architect, in San Francisco, while we coordinated with a BIM management team located in Philadelphia. The rest of the team was located in Sacramento, and Toronto.
For this existing home, the client asked us to design a number of different items: the living room, the family room, the staircase, and the front and back yards. In the backyard, we also designed a new, detached wine cellar.
This project provides 95% of all electrical power required by the 3 buildings on the site, totaling 120,000 SF. The geometry of the site requred us to design 6 different solar panel supporting structures, including an elegant solar tree. The solar tree utilizes the double HIT Sanyo panel which outputs 10 to 15% more power thanks to the ambient lighting captured on the back of the panel.
The following animation shows how the solar trees can be shipped flat, planted on site, and unfolded to receive the array of solar panels.
A few years back, Chong Partners designed the community center for an indian Nation, in northern California. The Tribal Council Chambers were added to the north of the site, adjacent to the school building. The relationship with the gathering hall building, the ellipse in the center of the existing composition, has been a major design factor for the council chambers. After we proposed a few massing studies, the client selected a "regular", hortogonal design which fits the contextual buildings and does not compete with the existing elliptical hall. Solar panels, hydronic slabs, and motorized operable glazing and shades, are all part of the sustainable features which make this a zero energy building. The building was designed and documented mostly in Revit. I have been the Project Architect from schematic design through 50% CDs.
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