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Streamlining the Delivery of Facade Design: The Red Building @ PDC

Debra Gerod, AIA, LEED AP  Partner

An Executive Architect’s Perspective


Defining Executive Architecture: • Offer management of all administrative  aspects of project, including design team  contracts, permitting, variances • Provide leadership for team in work flow,  approach to problem solving, project  schedule • Assume responsibility to make sure design  scope is covered without gaps • Develop and handle coordination of  technical aspects of work    


design concept

technical sketches for applicable systems

Standard Practice for Architectural Façade Design


design concept

technical sketches for applicable systems

material research

Standard Practice for Architectural Façade Design


design concept

technical sketches for applicable systems

material research

calculations to prove it works

Standard Practice for Architectural Façade Design


design concept

technical sketches for applicable systems

material research

calculations to prove it works

specifications

Standard Practice for Architectural Façade Design


design concept

technical sketches for applicable systems

material research

calculations to prove it works

specifications

Red Building Arrangement for Architectural Façade Design


OVERLAP OF DISCIPLINES ALLOWS PROPER COORDINATION

EXTERIOR DESIGN

INTERIOR LAYOUT

Standard Approach To Project Design

DESIGN DESIGN ARCHITECT ARCHITECT

EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT

DESIGN/BUILD CURTAINWALL CONTRACTOR

Standard Approach to Curtainwall Procurement

DESIGN INTENT = FINISHED PRODUCT

Expected  Net Result


NO OVERLAP!

EXTERIOR DESIGN

INTERIOR LAYOUT

“Streamlined” Approach To Project Design

DESIGN ARCHITECT

DESIGN/BUILD CURTAINWALL CONTRACTOR

“Streamlined” Approach to Curtainwall Design

DESIGN INTENT

CURTAINWALL CONTRACTOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES

Net Result GAP!! DESIGN INTENT MAY NOT BE PROPERLY UNDERSTOOD


What an Executive Architect provides • • • • •

Comprehensive approach to permitting Criteria to bid/negotiate from Coordination with other disciplines Leadership for resolution of conflicts/priorities between trades Interpretation of design intent when reconciling technical issues


Comparison to Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall • • • • • •

Same design team as PDC   (PCPA, IBA, Gruen) Different  contractual responsibilities Responsibilities were clearer Fewer added costs for design services Fewer construction change orders Equally complex designs


Closing the Gaps • Brokered a deal with City to gain acceptance of 4‐sided  structural glazing ‐ brought in an independent expert (CDC) • Worked with CDC to prepare written technical performance spec • Developed an acceptable window washing approach 


Completing Architectural Services • Prepared Revit model for exterior wall geometry (after CD’s) • Coordinated disciplines during submittals/construction • Performed site reviews – acted as PCPA’s eyes on site


Streamlining the Delivery of Facade Design: The Red Building  
Streamlining the Delivery of Facade Design: The Red Building  

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