El iza b e t h Schwerman
Apartment for Returning Citizens
Design/Build: Over the Rhine
Adaptive Reuse: Train Depot
Apartments for Returning Citizens Junior Studio Spring Semester Instructor: Scott Johnston Objective: Design a Living Building Challenge building in Over-the-Rhine, Ohio. This building is a home for returning citizens from prison to live, grow their own food, sell excess food, and gain employable skills. LBC major focus: zero water. Minor focus: Zero energy.
Building Form Evolution
4th Floor Apartments
3rd Floor Apartments
2nd Floor Apartments
1st Floor Communal Space UP
DN UP DN
Basement Mechanical/Storage UP
Left: LBC Material Petal initial investigation of Appropriate Sourcing. Each circle represents the max distance certain types of materials can originate from our site. Bellow Left: Graph of average yearly rainwater collection v. usage. My outcome was an excess amount of water available to share with neighbors. Bellow: Calculations of apartment water usage with water efficient fixtures compared to an average home. Tank Volume and Supplemental Water Needs for 3 years
6000 5000 4000 3000 2000 1000
Harvested Rainwater Volume (gal)
Living Machine/ Rainwater Collection Water Petal: Net Zero Water The green is the Living Machine open air tanks on the first floor, the purple and coral boxes are two other living machine tanks, and the grey box is the rainwater collection tank.
Settling Tank Underground
Tidal Flow Interior Vertical Flow Interior/ Exterior Reuse Tank Underground Rainwater collection Tank Underground
Over the Rhine
Junior Year Fall Semester Design Build Studio while living in Over-the-Rhine Instructor: John Blake Objective: Immersion into the history, culture, needs, and recent changes of the neighborhood. The project is an adaptive reuse into a white-boxed space currently being used as storage for residents of the building. Our studio prepped the first floor and basement, designed potential tenant spaces, worked with contractors, designed structure, and created a construction document.
Elevations from Drawing set the entire class collaborated Collaborations Drawing set
Model of basement with structure
Model of first floor
Budget I created with help of architect
After(new structural columns and joists not installed)
Model of structural columns I designed with the structural engineer.
Pedestrian Bridge Sophmore Year Fall Semester Instructor: J.E. Elliott Individual Project Objective: Design a pedestrian bridge to span across two busy streets in Noorwood. It is the site where a manufacturer of airplane engines was located, my design is based off of the rotary engine design.
My inspiration for this project was a factory that used to be housed next to our site that manufactured plane parts, like the rotary engine to the left.
Model of where the bridge and station meet, and a sectional model of one of the large angled arches.
Clifton Library Sophmore Year Spring Semester Instructors: Kimberly Martin, Nazanin Kohdadad Group Project: 4 members including me Objective: Design a library at the site of the current Cincinnati Public Library Clifton Branch. Includes coffee bar on first floor, banquette space on second and third floor, book stacks on the underground floors, and large meeting room and employee offices on the bottom floor.
The floors of our library are color coded to make finding your way through the 9 floors easier. The quieter floors like the stacks and offices are housed underground, while social spaces that create more noise, like the cafe and rentable banquette space, are housed above ground.
Everything on this page is solely mine and everything on the opposite page is collaborative.
Light Well introduces light into the underground levels Geothermal Heating helps the underground floors stay at a steady temperature
Since most of the building is underground, the light well cuts through to the bottom floor bringing natural light, where a host of plants requiring little light are housed, and can be seen from upper floors through the light well.
Adaptive Reuse: Train Depot Senior Year Fall Semester Instructor: Mary Ben Bonham Group Project: Elaina Ostrow and I Objective: Throughout the semester we helped a business owner who purchased the Richmond Train Depot, a Daniel Burnham building, restored the exterior, and grey boxed the interior. Our project was to design the interior for possible tennants. Our project is a restaurant and bar on the first floor and in the express office to the side of the main building, and apartments for medical students in the area on the second floor.
Large site plan of the Richmond, Indiana Depot District where the Train Depot is located. The specific site is between train tracks and a busy road. The rendering is of the Sidecar Bar. The lights on the ceiling are in the pattern of the rail lines in the Richmond area which also show up in the branding for the bar.
To the left is the addition to the building I designed, taking into consideration the dimensions and design of the porch in front.
Asphalt Shingles Adhesive Membrane Plywood Deck Insulation Metal Decking Interior Finishing: Gypboard Precast Concrete Rigid Insulation Perforated Metal HSS 5 x .5 (2) 3/4â€? Bolt Connection Concrete Toplayer Corrugated Metal Decking W 6 x 12 1â€™ oc
1/2" = 1'-0"
On the opposite page is the branding for the restaurant and bar I designed. The logo for the Sidecar Bar is taken from graffiti that is found on train cars. The map on the menu is the rail map of southern Indiana. The District Restaurant is designed as a modern train theme, with a traditional steam train as the logo.
Eclectic Western Dining Room Materials Wooden Chairs Polished Concrete Flooring Patterend Textiles
Central Dining Room Materials New Perforated Metal Dividers Existing Terrazzo Tile Flooring New Wood Ceiling Red and Black Textiles
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