Ta b l e o f C o n t e n t s
Akron Art Museum Exterior Expansion
Cleveland Park Project
111 Varick Street Reskin
201 West Federal Adaptive Reuse
Ohio City Communal Correlations
OUTDOOR SCULPTURE GALLERY
he purpose of this project was to create an addition to the Akron Art Museum that would become a sculpture gallery space as well as an area where the facility would be able to hold events that private parties could book.
Massive Interactive Step Sequencer On a step sequencer, musical notes are rounded into the steps with equal time-interval, and users can enter each musical note without exact timing. Notes that have been selected are played consecutively on this timed interval; the process is looped back to the beginning, once the sequence has ended. This system is integrated into the pavers within the seating/sculptural area, allowing the creation of a musical sequence and encouraging observers to view the sculpture in-the-round.
Sculptural Suspended Lighting The cantilevered lighting system was not intended to be a dynamic form. But the suspended lights bore a strong resemblance to the BMW Kinetic Sculpture. With some thought and alterations to the BMW Kinetic Sculpture the cantilevered lighting system is no longer static; instead, it now possesses the ability to take on multiple forms and to be adapted at any time. In place of suspended metal spheres, there are light bulbs, each on their own servomechanism and each containing multi-color LEDs. This allows full control over each lightâ€™s specific height and color. Furthermore, the system allows an artist to liberate the system from its previous state and give it a new design.
CITY PARK IMPROVEMENT
his project involved revamping a site in Cleveland, OH that is bounded by St. Clair Avenue, E. 12th Street, and Rockwell Avenue. This site is not easily accessible as a park and renders it useless for occupation. In lieu of the current site’s state a concept of a reintroduction of nature came in to view which would capture people’s attention and “transport” them to a scenic area within the urban context. Rounding up the goal of the site is an ability of self-sustainability with irrigation and lighting with the assistance of water catchment and solar power.
Oak Tree The oak tree was chosen for its inherence to the region, strength, and large crown to block wind.
Prarie Grasses Prairie grasses are incorporated for the sequestration of CO2.
Permeable Pavers For improved site drainage permeable pavers were utilized.
Dwarf Mondo Grass Dwarf Mondo grass was chosen for its short length to reduce maintenance.
Tall Grasses To reduce the siteâ€™s exposure to wind tall grasses were placed along portions of the perimeter that see wind in the colder months.
â€œModern life has alienated many from that which centers us, and the labyrinth has emerged as a form that can help humans find their internal center and place of emotional stability... it(the labrinth) is inherently a unicursal(one way) path, with the only choice being that of to enter the object itself... This experience defined by the labyrinth is the search for center. In this organization of sensory perception, we become aware of the space we are occupying.â€? - Taking the First Step: The Labyrinth and The World of Landscape Architecture by Amber Hollis Vellenga
Center of Labyrinth
UPDATING THE DILAPIDATED
he goal of this project was to re-skin the facade of 111 Varick Street. The intent was to create a modulated facade that could be easily erected and served to naturally ventilate the building. A honeycomb structure was chosen for the facade because of its inherent strength through its geometry and is easily split into modular panels. Natural ventilation was achieved by installing an exterior louvered ventilation system that contains thermo bimetal vents on the interior ducts. When the building reaches a particular temperature on its interior, the thermo bimetal vents will open allowing the interior/exterior pressure differential to pull air from the building causing a cooling effect.
Corner of Broome St. & Varick St.
Section Perspective 26
Thermo Bimetal Thermo Bimetal Ventilation Ventilation Louvers Air Flow Glazing Modular Panel Connector Panel to Floor Connector Floor with Reinforcement Modular Panel with Reinforcement
“The strip consists of two strips of different metals which expand at different rates as they are heated, usually steel and copper, or in some cases steel and brass. The strips are joined together throughout their length by riveting, brazing or welding. The different expansions force the flat strip to bend one way if heated, and in the opposite direction if cooled below its initial temperature.”
South Facade Wind Scoops Wind scoops are placed on the top of the south facade to capture the wind and pull air up and out of the building. Their function is based on the same premise of the east facade louvered vents. This is based on Bernoulli’s principle in which molecules in a high pressure want to move to a lower pressure.
Finish Panel Rubber Seal Glazing Exterior Panel
Modulated Skin A prefabricated modular skin was pursued in the design of this re-skinning project for economics, ease of construction, and sustainability. Other than the corner features and loggia the facade is comprised of two main pieces. The panels consist of concrete, glazing, and a rubber seal. These prefabricated panels eliminate the need for onsite poured concrete leading to reduced labor costs. With the limited number of parts and their prefabrication the ease of construction is increased and in turn should lead to a reduced build time.
East Elevation Close Up
A CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATION
he adaptive reuse of the Wells Building received inspiration from Youngstown’s steel producing history and the city’s future in the additive manufacturing industry. With the development of the program, 201 West Federal works in conjunction with Youngstown State University’s STEM academics. In mid-2013 the Siemens Corporation gave YSU a $440 million grant for their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software and the training of individuals for its use. This building, which addresses each aspect of the PLM software, seeks to be the home of the generous Siemens grant.
Back of Site
CAFE BREAK KITCHEN
SUPPORT & RETIREMENT
Cafe Light Shelf The cafe, located on the basement floor of the 201 West Federal, contained windows that had been filled in with brick by previous owners on the south facade of the building. These windows were re-established to allow light into the space. To further the dissemination of light into the cafe, lights shelves were applied to the windows. The majority of the buildings structure has been left open to view. Where the cafe windows are located, gypsum board has been applied to the ceiling in order for the light shelves to function properly.
Natural Ventilation Natural ventilation was exercised in the apartments with the help of an air induction system. This system is comprised of a duct that runs from the roof into the apartments and a family of louvers located above the third floor panes of glass. The ventilation scheme may be automated or manually operated according to tenant preference.
REINFORCING A COMMUNITY
he intention of this project is to create a building that compliments the surrounding elements and integrates sustainable aspects to both its physical self and the community it resides in with respectable business practices and community involvement. Furthermore, the space will push the conversation and interconnectivity of Ohio City through programmatic moves that revolve around the interaction of people and elements that stimulate the communityâ€™s prosperity and wellbeing.
Corner of Market Avenue & W. 26th St.
W. Market Street Terminus
Parking & Delivery
Automated Retractable Blinds The automated retractable blind system is utilized on the interior of the eastern facade. Since the east facade only receives a few hours of direct daylight, these blinds are automated to retract after the direct daylight is no longer present. Louver/Mesh System The louver and mesh system is a static structure applied to the southern facade of the brewery to cease the solar gain as the brewing process creates a large heat load within the space. The mesh is used on the lower window to allow passersby and brewery employees visibility both inside and out.
The brewing process expends a large amount of heat and if not reclaimed would otherwise go to waste. Therefore, the heat output from brewing is drawn into the HVAC system to reduce the load on the furnace and is used to heat the restaurant, offices, and coffee shop.
After the beer is bottled it needs to be stored in cool temperatures. This requires constant cooling by a refrigeration unit. To reduce the coolers energy use, the cooler takes in the cold Cleveland air during the winter months to curtail the energy use.
Coffee Shop Storage Restrooms Restaurant Kitchen Electrical Room Mechanical Room
The plaza is a terminus to the west end of Market Street and a social gathering center for citizens and commuters alike to share food, coffee, beer and enjoy the company of people. Events such as concerts, film screenings, and social gatherings can be held
The restaurant will serve food that reinforces the beers the brewery produces. (i.e. German, Hungarian, and Irish rooted/inspired dishes)
The brewery offices will serve to provide a space for marketing, accounting, and product development
The brewery will produce beer that is native to Germany, Hungary, and Ireland to provide a new market of beers in the Ohio City region and CONNECT with the roots of the cultures that helped make Ohio City what it is today.
The tasting room is where tours will be given the opportunity to sample the types of beer the brewery is producing and can serve as part of an R&D program to test out new brews. Tours will only happen on occasion; to counteract vacancy issues, the tasting room is located on the second floor of the restaurant but would have the opportunity to shut off the second floor/tasting area to the public for exclusivity during tour times.
Longitudinal Section Perspective Concrete Wall Parcels (an artistic venture)
Pictured above are the canvas wall parcels that local aspiring artists may rent for a period of time to display their artwork. How the parcel would be used is up to the artistsâ€™ discretion.
(The artist in this image is Hera from the German art duo Herakut)
Beans & Books (an exchange of interests)
An interior shot of Beans & Books, the Market Districtâ€™s new coffee shop. Here, people can come to enjoy a cup of coffee to themselves, with a friend, or a newly found acquaintance. The coffee shop contains books for patrons to read during their visit or they may take a book they find intriguing as long as they leave one of their own for someone else to discover. This exchange of books helps to keep a fresh stock of books for regular customers and allows people to share their personal favorites with others. The bookstore also puts on a monthly book club, holds in-store book signings by popular authors, and has live weekly readings.
East Elevation O.C. Roots Eatery (promoting connections)
A view from behind the bar on the second floor of the restaurant. The bar is used as the brewery’s (O.C. Roots Brewing Company’s) tasting area for its weekly tours and serves newly concocted brews that the company wishes to test out and its regular line-up of German, Hungarian, and Irish inspired ales and lagers. Some of these may only be available at the restaurant, adding an allure. The restaurant itself serves dishes equally inspired by Ohio City’s historical diversity that pair well with the O.C. Roots’ beer selection.
Second Story Terrace (a fresh perspective)
The second story terrace serves as a connection between the brewery and restaurant. This space is used by the restaurant during its operating hours and can be used by Beans & Books customers too. From the terrace, new views are provided, looking down Market Street.
The restaurant incorporates long bench style seating to facilitate cross conversation amongst groups of strangers as well as round barstool tables lacking barstools.
A NEW SPIN ON A CLASSIC
his project was inspired by a photograph that was seen on the internet of two people sitting on the floor with empty pizza boxes in front of them and grids drawn on the boxes. Placed among the grids were shot glasses. The game being played was Battleshots. Seeing this photo inspired the following model and was pursued to further my Rhinoceros experience.
Game Piece Iterations
A modular set of interlocking game pieces is an integral part of the projects creation. The modularity of the pieces is twofold: to simplify the production of the pieces in turn reducing cost and for manageability during game play. Playing a game with the means of becoming inebriated reduces motor skills and cognitive function. Therefore, convenience is imperative.