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.).
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.
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.
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 242,317 Sq.Ft. leasable area addition project includes the expansion of Macy's, JCPenney, and Sears, space for 100 new stores, 2 parking garages, a new 50% bigger dining terrace consisting of 820 seats, relocation of Crate & Barrel, and numerous changes to the Promenade. In particular, a new and enhanced indoor shopping promenade was designed, completed with three major spatial nodes: the South node, the new Main Entry space, and the North node. I have been involved since schematic design thru 100% Construction Documents. In the early phase of design, I developed a Revit model whose exports made up for over 75% of the entire pricing set for the project. Later, during design development and CD phases, I focused on the main entry node, with its glazed moment frame toward the exterior plaza, the large canopy, and the pedestrian bridge at the second level.
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.
Chong Partners was the architect for the underground garage under the Music concourse, in Golden Gate Park, and I was involved in the visualization of the entry points, from the park and from 10th. Ave. After the team received strong opposition from the community, I re-designed the entry ramp from 10th. ave. in order to minimize its impact on the context. To this effect, I utilized the steepest slopes permitted by code, which allowed the ramp itself to be half the size of the original design. The concrete shoulder walls were as well reduced, allowing a more pleasant, smaller overall entry, which was better received by the neighbor.
The Salesians retained Chong Partners to complete an extensive master plan of their aging campus. After determining the goals and the needs of the school, and after analyzing the shortcomings of the existing infrastructures, we proposed several interventions, including additional buildings and extensive remodeling of the existing structures. The aim was to meet current code and requirements. Finally, I produced a comprehensive video highlighting the master plan features to help the Salesians marketing team in their found rising efforts.
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