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 a proposal submitted to a potential high-end silicon valley client. When I was asked to visualize the building, there was a wood block model of the campus, and some old studies for the elevations. I therefore created a new Revit model, and begun to design and render the building, interpreting the campus concept design.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
This planning exercise was proposed to the school board as a court-oriented scheme where the classroom block and the gymnasium building were the legs of an "L" shape. This shape hosted the outside space with the multi-function / amenities room nested between them. The main entry to the small campus was designed at the corner of the "L" configuration.
After the still renderings, I also produced a short animation to demonstrate the features of the design.
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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