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 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 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.
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.
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.
I was hired by VBN Architects to model and render this building, as an ongoing service. For a few weeks, therefore, I have been working with Peter Pfau and the project team in developing the Revit model of the building. These are the final images rendered in 3D Studio MAX, together with some photograph of the built building, by Juli Abbott.
This project included the addition of 3 stories to the existing concrete frame garage. The planning officials at the City of San Jose required the elevation on Winchester Blvd. to be "broken" down and varied, both in heights, colors and materials. Therefore I had to reconsider the original design that we developed to win this project, a sleek metal mesh wrapping the concrete frame. Ultimately, the metal mesh was replaced by a more colorful and differentiated set of elements. EIFS panels, a long fiberglass cornice, metal louvers, and glazed "shopping" windows provided the requested playfulnes and variation. The project was modeled and documented in Revit, and I followed it through CA.
I was placed on this project mainly as Revit team support leader, but then I took on the design and documentation of the board room, which was never built.
This project was developed to the SD phase, as an important waterfront development in Sausalito. It features a storage building, an industrial two story building with roll-up doors for the shops on the ground floor; and an elegant office component at the most visible portion of the site, the tip toward the marina. This building also provides a plaza with restaurant / cafe' open to the general public.
Toirano is a medieval borgo laying in the hillside of the northern-Italian Liguria region, 3 kilometers from the sea. I was asked by the major to design a feature that would improve the presence of the borgo from the provincial street, which connects it to the rest of the region. Located on the provincial street itself, only a couple of blocks from the entry to the borgo, this open, public plaza wants to slow potential tourists and redirect them toward the borgo. A short circular wall, at the end of a pedestrian amphitheater, offers a prime location for a stainless steel sign reading the name of the borgo. At the same time, the plaza respects and preserves the trees planted here at the end of WWII as commemoration of the citizens fallen in the conflict. Having visited the borgo several times, I paid special attention to the materials currently in use in the existing historical buildings as well as the new ones. The original design called for split face local stones, cobble stones, wood, and a shallow pool of water.
For this proposal of a large re-development of the San Francisco East bay, I developed a fully "intelligent" BIM model, including custom Mass families and schedules.
This existing one story cottage was expanded by 700SF by adding a second floor. Besides all the documentation required to obtain the city permits, and the exterior renderings of the proposed project, I have also produced some studies for the kitchen.
This project was realized in Revit 5.1, with some late fold back into AutoCAD. I was involved since DD, through CDs, as support for the principal designer. I also produced the photographs below.
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