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Architecture Portfolio

James Jesmer LEED Green Associate


James Nicholas Jesmer

jamesjesmer@gmail.com 304.669.7401 113 Carriage Lane Bridgeport, WV 26330


Design

Art Professional

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History + Cultural Center Center for Humanity Space Planning Study Maker Space A Pavilion for Campus WV Museum of Glass Tenleytown Museum

Drawing Ceramics Rain Garden and Bioswale Downtown Revitalization Golden Rule Building


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T​he meditative garden, located below grade, allows guests to reach a pensive state as they descend the steps. Each one gradually pulls them away from the street and into a place of tranquility.

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Two rectangular extrusions interact and connect with one another. The smaller of these two is characterized by its yellow brick and decorative windows, unique to the facades of its neighboring buildings. This extrusion is contained within the dynamic, more contemporary, concrete one that ascends from the ground floor, to the third, ending in an extensive cantilever. The triangular pattern spanning the middle portion of the façade, as well as the steel columns that support the cantilever, are reminiscent of the Industrial Age, during which Fairmont was at its prime.

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The assigned task for this project was to create History and Cultural Center for the city of Fairmont, West Virginia to accommodate the Marion County Historical Society’s expansive collection. This complex was also intended to create a cultural hub for the Historical District.

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The assignment was to design a campus that invites and celebrates unity in diversity, the fellowship of community, and life! Create a place where people of diverse belief systems different race and culture can come discover what they hold in common – being human. The root of humanity is being recognized as a person by another human being. In doing so, this creates a relationship between the two beings. If this recognition process is repeated and the population sustained, a community is formed. What better to represent this instinctual connection than two people facing each other in an embrace? It is an action that is seen in existence across cultures all over the world. The campus design is an abstraction of just that. An embrace that has been abstracted to a keyhole and an interlocking component, symbolizing that an unbreakable connection between two bodies is the key to understanding humanity in its rawest form.

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Center for Humanity Second Floor Plan Juried Competition Co-Winner

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Design IV: Urban Prof. Kirk Morphew

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Green Roof Facing South-Ink

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Mound to Recline Mound for Activity

Green Roof Plan-Ink Green Roof and Glass Floor-Ink

Custom Railing

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Versatile Seating Option View From Southeast

Gathering Area-Pencil

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1:00 p.m. Summer Solstice Meditation Room Light Study

1:00 p.m. Summer Solstice

Library Light Study

Separates into Multiple Seats

1:00 p.m. Winter Solstice

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The assignment for this inquiry was to remodel an interior plan in order to accommodate a list of required rooms and spaces for the Duritz and Meyers Company. This was to be completed in such a way that allowed the office to function and circulate in the most efficient way possible. This assignment also required us to implement basic Americans with Disabilities Act standards throughout the office.

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Since only one wall had windows to the exterior, borrowed light has been brought into deep interior rooms through overhead glazing in the partition walls. Custom furniture, specifically curved secretary desks, allow for efficient usage of spaces. The curved wall allows for the reception area to appear large without sacrificing too much spaces in the private areas.

Space Planning Study Design III: Site Prof. Philip Freeman

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Previously a vacant lot, the Tech Shop Morgantown is a hub of invention and innovation. The site is located on High Street, allowing convenient access for patrons. Circulation within the building is simplified to allow for efficiency while moving between workspaces. On each floor, a unique common space is available for interaction between individuals sharing the workshops. The change in space also reflects a literal representation of the development that is intended in the building. Interaction between members of the Tech Shop is also encouraged by the transparent garage door access to each studio space.

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The Tech Shop will also be leasing a tenant space, Chop Shop, on the first floor. Chop Shop is a build-your-own chop salad restaurant and Steam Punk accessory boutique. For the tinkerer in each of us, Chop Shop allows guests to create their own accessories at their table with tools and supplies provided. The taste of creativity also seeks to attract new leasees to the Tech Shop rental spaces above.

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Urban Infill | Morgantown, WV Design VI: Site | Adj. Prof. Josh Frick

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This studio assignment focused on the design of a pavilion that lends itself to the character or spirit of the University of Maryland.

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The Loop Outdoor Classroom lends itself to the idea of a cyclical learning process and a reminder that we have something new to learn each day. Its ruby structure envelops users and connects them to each other. Despite being across the space, both orator and listener exist on the same plane as the roof bends down and hovers just above the site to create seating and the stage. This allows the traditional position of power in a classroom to dissolve. What isleft is a place of visual focus, with a tangible reminder that we all coexist. When not in use as a classroom, the pavilion may serve as a gathering space for a host of meetings. The lifts at the corners of the structure invite passersby into the space, while the toned concrete floor guides new occupants to their seats and their vision toward the stage. The pavilion rests on the northern edge of the site, creating a moment of interaction with pedestrians along that border.

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ARCH 406: Prof. Jamie Tilghman Graduate Studio

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The West Virginia Museum of Glass has reclaimed the Clarksburg, WV site of the Anchor-Hocking Glass Company. Paying homage to the history of the site, the grid pattern and orientation of the original factory has been used to organize the museum's main building, ancillary spaces, and activity pathways. The museum campus also features the preserved concrete silos; the only intact original structure remaining on the site. Glass boxes� at both the entry and temporary gallery serve to show visitors not only the decorative and utilitarian capabilities of glass, but also its architectural characteristics and abilities.

West Virginia Glass Museum Mayfield Scholarship Competition Design V: Technology Prof. Philip Freeman

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A history and cultural museum at Fort Reno Park, with an event facility, will highlight the significance of the neighborhood’s past, while creating a focal point for its present and future. In order to capitalize on the existing program for Tenleytown’s history, the museum’s design responds to and places itself within the Tenleytown Heritage Trail. Each of its prismatic volumes responds to points along the trail. When a person is brought into a building about the area’s history, the focus is redirected outward, back to the neighborhood. Ground Floor

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A History Museum for Tenleytown, D.C. ARCH 406: Prof. Jamie Tilghman Graduate Studio

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Art


Animal Skull Charcoal, 2015

Reduction Figure Study Black Charcoal, 2015

Jubilee Church Graphite, 2014


Drapery Study Charcoal, 2015

Self-Portrait Charcoal, 2015

Of Curves and Cloth Graphite, 2014

Foot Study Charcoal, 2015

Hand Study Charcoal, 2015

Figure Study NuPastel, 2015

On display at Gallery 517 in 2015

Girl with Orb Charcoal, 2015

FSU Juried Art Exhibition 2015

Figure Study NuPastel, 2015


Tea for Three Stoneware, 2014

FSU Juried Art Exhibition 2015 1st Place Ceramics

Turquoise Sphere Stoneware, 2015

FSU Juried Art Exhibition 2016

Seed Pouch Stoneware, 2014

FSU Juried Art Exhibition 2015


Form Follows Dysfunction Stoneware, 2015

Rough Cut Sphere Stoneware, 2016

Stress in Bone Stoneware, 2016

Profile Study No. 1 Stoneware, 2016

Cup.Saucer.Plate.Bowl. Stoneware, 2015

FSU Juried Art Exhibition 2016

Profile Study No. 2 Stoneware, 2016


Professional


As a summer architecture intern at The Thrasher Group, Inc., I was asked to design a rain garden and bioswale for the site of a gas company’s new building. I researched the drainage requirements for a rain garden and bioswale. I also did research into plants that would filter and improve the quality of the water, since much of it would be the runoff from a parking lot primarily used by large trucks. Additionally, those plants that best treated the runoff needed to be native and non-invasive plants, based on the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources published information. Finally, I arranged the plants based in three zones that best fit their need for water and their function in the bioretention strategy. I also researched the proper soil conditions for the rain garden and created the section diagram to the right.

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Rain Garden + Bioswale LEED Proj. #:1000084955 Dominion Hope Summersville, WV The Thrasher Group, Inc. 2017 James Jesmer

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This work was done for an elective course that produced design work pro-bono for surrounding communities and non-profits. These designs were used for the purposes of grant writing and a visual tool to raise funding locally. I mostly worked with the Adam’s Street lot. I developed the massing for a potential history and cultural center on site. I also developed the steel arcade through the site that alluded to the trolley arches in the city throughout the 20th century. My last contribution to the project was the design of the scuptural benches seen around the plaza.

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Downtown Revitalization Fairmont, WV

Community Design Assistance Center James Jesmer, TJ Clegg, Shae Strait 6 weeks / Prof. Freeman

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Monroe St. Existing Conditions

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This project was also completed as part of the community design probono course. The Golden Rule Building was once the general store and later the featured department store of Belington, WV. The building holds one of the last hydro-elevators in existence. The intent for this project was to adapt the building for reuse as a train station and potential business hub for the town.

Main and Auxilary Building with Additions

Most of my work on this project involved custom component modeling in Revit. My contributions include the creation of the window family and its decoration, the corbeling along the roof parapet, the modeling of the historic hydro-elevator machinery, and the metal panel awning. All modeling was completed in Revit with renderings taken in Lumion.

Golden Rule Building Belington, WV

Community Assistance Design Center James Jesmer, Leslie Gonzales, Canon Fancher 6 weeks / Prof. Freeman

Hydro-elevator Machinery


View From Train

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James Jesmer, LEED Green Associate

4300 Hartwick Rd, College Park, MD | 304.669.7401 | jamesjesmer@gmail.com


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Graduate Assistant Fall 2017-Present

The Thrasher Group, Inc.

600 White Oaks Blvd - Bridgeport, WV 26330 Designed a rain garden and bioswale. Measured existing buildings for renovations. Built Revit models for interior fit-outs.

Student Body President April 2016-2017

Anticipated Dec. 2019 2017 LGBT Student Body

University of Maryland College Park, MD

BS Architecture

Fairmont State University Fairmont, WV University Honors Program

PROFICIENCIES

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Fairmont State University

1200 Locust Ave.- Fairmont, WV 26554 Co-managed $53,000 budget. Developed student organization training prgm. Spearheaded a Senior Class Gift, developed unused area of campus, raising over $12,000. Served on university committees: Facilities, Admin. Hiring, and Student Publication Board. Addressed crowds of over 800 guests at university events.

Office Assistant Sept. 2015- May 2017

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

UMD School of Architecture Master of Architecture

University of Maryland - College Park, MD Courses: ARCH 430: Measuring Sustainability and ARCH 289i: Sustainability at College Park. Taught sections and graded.

Architecture Intern May-Aug. 2017

EDUCATION

Counseling Services

Fairmont State Univ. 1200 Locust Ave.- Fairmont, WV 26554 Scheduled appointments for four counselors. Managed office phone and email. Triaged students with mental health crises.

American Institute of Architecture Students Sept. 2013-2017

Treasurer: Mar. 2014-2016 Managed $4,000 budget and 1,000 item materials store. AIAS Grassroots: 2014 + 2015

GPA 3.73

May 2017

GPA 3.95

Presidents Panel at WVSU Human Rights Convention 2016 Presenter at the National Collegiate Honors Council Convention 2016 Winner of the Design IV Studio Juried Competition 2016 AIAWV Student Design Award and Scholarship 2016 Drawings Published in Whetstone Art and Literary Journal 2015 Ceramics Award at the Fairmont State Juried Art Exhibition 2013 Presented District Editor’s Training Workshop at Key Club International Convention

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