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.
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.
After I was involved in the late master plan design and visualization for a proposed new Oilers arena, I decided to pursue my original concept of the "swirling" open plaza (from the north) and green park (from the south) that generate the geometry of the arena itself, at their intersection. The arena has two concrete, organic wings: one perforated to become a large truss, to the north and east; and one more solid, to the south and west. The perforated, glazed wing allows both for a visual connection with the large plaza to the north, and northern light to flood the circulation galleria within it.
The Chong Partners Sacramento office proposed this project for the Performing Arts Center and School, together with residential and commercial components. The redevelopment site is the old Sacramento Railroad yard with its brick and steel historic industrial buildings. After the initial master planning, Chong Partners developed a schematic design for the Performing Arts Center, which included a 1600 seats theater. I participated in the schematic design of the whole site, but then focused on the theater and plaza, further developing the facade, the lobby/foyer, and their relationship with the adjacent public space.
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.
California Academy of the Arts is a unique partnership of professional theater companies and primary and secondary educational facilities on an urban site, geared toward providing theater patrons with unparalleled experiences, and allowing students the opportunity to learn along side professional actors and crew. The complex comprises four theater venues: 1500 seat theater, 600 seat theater, 200 seat flexible use theater, and 100 seat flexible use theater. Educational and rehearsal space for the visual and performing arts is directly adjacent to the theater complex – facilitating an integrated learning experience for primary/secondary students, as well as BFA candidates.
The California Academy of the Arts forms the centerpiece for the new public piazza in the Rail-yards, developed by Thomas Enterprises in Sacramento, California. Full production facilities to support the theaters are also on site. The complex envisions planted outdoor roof gardens for use before and after theatrical events, or for private and public events. The project has been envisioned by many of the major arts groups in the region, including Sacramento Theater Company, California Musical Theater, Sacramento Ballet, Capitol Stage, Sacramento Choral Society, Sacramento Philharmonic, among others.
This waterfront development included industrial, storage and office components. A wood boat construction school was also to be preserved in the program, as an existing artisanship center linked to the history of the place. The site occupies half of the historic shipyard which built all the Liberty ships during WWII.
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.
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