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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For this TI project I supported the production of Revit documents for the architectural team. I was then asked to create graphics that would emphasize the multidisciplinary nature of the Stantec team, which encompassed architecture and MEP components. The resulting image is a diagramatic rendering of the architectural and mechanical Revit model which was produced for the delivery of the project.
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.
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.
For this hospital remodel, I was asked to render the lobby and cafeteria. After construction was completed, the photographer took images from the same angles as the renderings.
This project was part of a competition’s entry for SFGH master plan, in partnership with SmithGroup, San Francisco office. After a preliminary team space planning, I began the design of the entry pavillion, to be nested between the brutalist modern hospital to the East, the new replacement tower (unbuilt) to the West, and the neo-romanesque, red brick and terracotta building to the South-West. For the competition, most effort was spent on the main waiting lobby and the front desk areas, which were to provide a welcoming entry point from two distinct directions: South (from the garage and vehicular drop-off) and West (the pedestrian entry from Potrero Ave.).
After the submission of the competition I focused on the design of the entry pavillion. With its dramatic double height slanted glazed wall, this space provides an ample seating area, a cafe’, a corner for a large art piece, and the West entrance to the hospital. Below the interior glazing of the community room on the second floor, a dropped cloud ceiling helps to define the circulation toward the front desk. Materials include exposed aggregate sand blasted concrete for the columns, glossy two-colors terrazzo for the pavements, wood veneer paneling for the custom cabinetry, painted steel cable bracings and tube columns for the curtain wall, and horizontal terracotta tiles for accent walls.
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 explores different options for the remodeling and conversion into a domestic terminal of the San Francisco Internation Airport Terminal 2, formerly the international terminal, closed in 2000. Several schematic designs were developed, paying attention to the deficiencies of the current building, and the ever-changing needs of a new domestic terminal. The study proposes increasing levels of intervention, from a simple remodeling of the existing building to its almost complete demolition and replacement. In all schemes, Boarding Area D is mostly preserved since its current design already serves efficiently the highest number of gates possible.
I was one of the designers in the team, and below are shown my contributions to the final proposal.
Gordon H Chong & Partners was responsible for the design of the International Hotel and St. Mary's Catholic Center Complex, a 140,000 mixed-use development project located on a prominent site at the nexus of San Francisco's Chinatown, North Beach and Financial districts. The 140,000 sf. complex is comprised of 105 units of senior housing, a new K-8 school and community recreation facilities occupying space over a 3-level, below-grade 150-car parking structure. The program components are organized on the tight urban site to take advantage of shared access to light and air by use of a central courtyard, while still maintaining a sense of identity and clear entry. The Catholic center is covered from the public and active Kearny Street while the housing tower is entered from Jackson Street, which is more pedestrian in scale and has less automobile traffic.
I was directly involved in the visualization and design of the interiors of some of the main teaching stations (classrooms).
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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