LAWS NELSON • PORTFOLIO
B ACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE • UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE • KNOXVILLE
LAWS NELSON 1869 L aurel R idge D r . N ashville , TN 37215 S.L aw s .N e l s o n @ g m a i l . c o m 615•804•9936
WERTHAN FACTORY • 01 A NEIGHBORHOOD NURSERY • 02 OFFICE BUILDING FOR LEAP • 03 DOWNTOWN ART HOTEL • 04 DESIGN
NEW NORRIS HOUSE • 05
project was a group assignment during an off campus summer program in urban design
Nashville Civic Design Center. The
primary goal of the studio in
the students to acquire a broad knowledge and critical thinking in urban design theory and practice as an essential component of a professional education in architecture.
The site was north of Germantown at the old Werthan Packing Plant. The production of the plant was moving to a new facility outside of the city, leaving behind a thirteen acre piece of property. With the existing Werthan Lofts on one side of the property and a large park on the other side, the idea of this project was to have mixed use spaces as well as a large outdoor recreational area which would bring the park into the site from across the street. as a gathering place for the greater
area would be used
By acknowledging the surrounding urban fabric, the design of this project tried to incorporate some of the major things that the Germantown area was missing.
WERTHAN FACTORY NASHVILLE, TN DAVIS â€˘ SUMMER 2011
site connects to the greenway which allows residents to walk or bike to downtown.
green space also allows for a termination point that would also be a destination for bicyclists coming from downtown
perspectives show the available commercial areas on
the ground level along with the residential spaces above with balconies that overlook the open gathering areas.
parking and bike lanes would help to reduce the speed of traffic and
allow for a more pedestrian friendly environment.
is a historic neighborhood north of downtown
neighborhoods closer to urban centers, it has seen a revitalization in recent years. the new residents are young families that have small children. nursery in the
project was a childrenâ€™s
neighborhood. It was open to children ranging from infants
to five years old and was designed as a place for education and social interaction.
site was a surface parking lot at the end of a row of buildings.
A previous structure The design was to be an infill building so the existing buildings.
stood on the property, but had been demolished. parameters were determined by the remaining
design of the building was to create an appropriate infill structure, as well as a space for
The idea was to establish a wide range of developmental stages and to have a balance
of interaction and separation of the areas, both indoors and out, between the different age children.
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model was hand made without the
use of a laser cutter or
and was designed to fit into a larger site model that was constructed by the entire studio.
The building is laid out on
a nine square tartan grid system and is three stories tall.
a wall with the adjacent building.
the rear of the lot the buildingâ€™s facade
was removed to expose the structure and allow for a play area outside, but within the building.
the child grows older, they move to the upper levels so that the older children are in the
upper classrooms while the infants are in the lower ones.
The design of the classroom had to
take into account that the room would have to serve many different purposes such as eating, playing, sleeping and learning.
rooms were divided into different sections with a series
of stationary and movable storage bays that were as tall as an average child.
the children to better recognize the division of space, but allow the caregiver to have an unobstructed view of the entire space. In addition to the child size partitions, lower windows were used to allow daylight in and give the children views to the outside.
03 During this semester each studio paired with local engineers for both structural integrations, code compliance and LEED credits. Each student had to deal with structure, fire egress, ADA and building code requirements. This project was a multi-use office building in downtown Knoxville. The building was comprised of retail on the bottom level with large office space on the upper four floors. The international building code was used to determine fire rating and egress requirements for the different building types within the structure.
appropriate bathrooms and egress travel distances
to legal fire exits were required throughout the building, and were overseen by the assigned engineers in each studio.
The project also explored basic LEED credit requirements. The building offers raised floor panels that deliver conditioned air through individual vents, allowing control of the amount of air flow to specific work areas. Additionally operable windows were used to allow for fresh air within the space. The floor plates are long and narrow to allow for better light penetration to the north side of the space, as well as increased ventilation. Sunscreens mounted on the exterior of the building help to block direct sunlight and to reduce glare. The
integration of structure, code and accessibility allowed for a better exploration of the
design process and a more complex design solution.
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with fulfilling all building codes, parking requirements were also explored.
design has parking located in the rear of the property, taking advantage of the alley, with the appropriate amount, size and location of parking spaces. minimum to comply with transportation.
spaces were kept to a
credits and to encourage visitors to use alternate forms of
building has cores located on both ends with a central stair and elevator core located
close to the center.
The facade is tied to the layout. The elevator shaft is a vertical break in the The column gird is held throughout the
floor plates that splits the structure into two pieces.
facade and the window openings reflect the layout of the interior between work areas and non-work areas.
building has a large facade facing the street to hold the urban edge of the adjacent
A large opening on the ground level helps to draw pedestrians into a landscaped The northwest side of the office area is reserved for closed spaces with solid walls, while the southeast side is more open with glass partitions allowing more natural light. area in the back.
Part of the integration process was to calculate sun angles on both
the winter and summer solstices.
solar shades were applied
on the northwest facade to shade the
setting sun in the summertime. solar
the southeast facade to shade the building from the southern light in the winter when the sun is at a lower angle.
04 This luxury art hotel was part of a project that encompassed thirteen different sights throughout downtown Nashville. All of theses sites were located along the route of the proposed metro bus rapid transit line running from Vanderbilt University across the Cumberland River to east Nashville. The sites were chosen to give each student a unique design and program opportunity. With the individual sites, the students were required to learn about their own specific zoning codes for each of their respectable areas, allowing their own specific setbacks and height requirements. The
structural design of the eleven story building was to frame the downtown skyline view
opening is eight stories tall with a large inhabitable truss at the top containing the hotel
which is visible from the large covered walkway of the convention center across the street. restaurant.
framed area also allows for sunlight to enter the interior courtyard located
on the roof of the second story, offering hotel guests views from the interior rooms as well.
design takes advantage to the three major components of the site, being the bus rapid
transit system, the
Music City Center
and the unobstructed views of downtown
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site is across the street from the new
Music City Center and plan. The ground floor has
million square foot
is specified as a potential hotel location in the centerâ€™s master
available retail space wrapping the exterior. It would also offer smaller conference areas that would be available to guests who would not need the space of the
Music City Center.
buildingâ€™s proximity to the cityâ€™s art center,
to the southwest, provides the opportunity for
the hotel to offer permanent and temporary art exhibits.
northeast of the site.
skyline is visible to the
Demonbreun St. is a major Music City Center. of downtown Nashville is visible large opening on the facade. and
intersection surrounding the
05 In 1933
Tennessee Valley Authority constructed a model community, Norris, Tennessee, as part of the Norris Dam construction project. A key feature of this New Deal village was the Norris House, a series of homes built as models for modern and efficient living. In light of the 75th anniversary of the Norris Project, an evolving interdisciplinary team of UT students and faculty reinterpreted the Norris paradigm and created a New Norris House - a sustainable home designed for the 21st century. In 2009 the New Norris House was one of six winners nationally of the Environmental Protection Agency’s People Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Competition. It offers a replicable model for contemporary sustainable living that holds the promise of significant benefit across east Tennessee. the
As with the original Norris designs, the New Norris House uses state of the art technologies and techniques. The house incorporates green materials, leverages energy conscious design strategies, and utilizes offsite construction methods. Yet the challenge goes beyond the creation of a model home design. The house design responds to and is reforming community and legal constraints that currently deter sustainable home construction. To accomplish this, students consulted with community residents, researched local codes and worked with local and state government. The project also addressed affordability and “fit” in light of median home prices and the town’s status on the National Register Historic District. Students
thus confronted and resolved not only technological or scientific challenges, but
also legal, social, and aesthetic issues that currently restrict green construction.
The New Norris House is registered with the US Green Building Council as part of its LEED for Homes program, and is on track to attain a Platinum Rating. If successful, it will be the 5th LEED for Homes Platinum project in the state of Tennessee.
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The house is situated gently on a slope, mediating the street and the wilderness behind. The house is neither at odds with the site nor part of it, but rather in the in-between. It seeks a sensitive relationship to the site, leveraging the normative quality of the typical form of Norris homes, and a subtle understanding of environmental issues and systems integrated for performance and experience. house
low-tech means, the
impact and to improve performance, while also improving the quality of life.
the industry partner and non-faculty architect, students negotiated resolution of construction details to be compatible with the manufacturing process.
quickly realized that many
drivers in this process concern efficiency and replicable construction techniques.
sometimes drove the revision of details, there was compromise that included the industry partnerâ€™s desire for quick product turnover and technical simplicity, but also satisfied the studentâ€™s original design intentions.
contribution to the project was during the construction
Once the building was on site and weather tight half of
the studio started work finishing the interior while the other
half worked on constructing the decks, counter tops and cabinets at an offsite workshop. windows, doors and siding
I was involved with installing on the exterior. On the interior
was responsible for finishing the drywall and laying the
hardwood flooring, as well as some minor electrical work in the kitchen.
BARN WOOD PAVILION • 01 CONSTRUCTION
SIDING RESTORATION • 02
01 This structure replaced a previous chicken coop, retrofitted to be used as a carport, that stood on the same site. The carport had been damaged by a tree taken down in a storm. The project was an exercise in building fundamentals, as well as the entire design and building process. The site is located on the property of an antebellum farm house with separate buildings remaining from when it was a working dairy farm in the mid
design of the
facade was inspired from one of the oldest of these structures which was the original carriage house that, due to neglect, is beyond repair and will eventually be demolished.
Before work could be done the previous structure had to be demolished and removed from the site. After the site was cleared the design process began with a series of sketches that were discussed with the clients. After the basic layout and design was agreed upon the sketches were digitally rendered in a BIM program and shown again to the clients for a more accurate depiction of the final product. After the drawings were finalized they were taken to a local building materials and services supplier for a materials estimate. The
facade of the structure was constructed with one hundred year old barn wood that was
salvaged from the stalls inside of the dairy barn on the property.
finished the reclaimed
wood and the design helped make the new car port look as if it had been built the same time as the other structures on the property.
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The structure is 20’ wide, 30’ long, and 16’ tall allowing for four vehicles to be covered at once.
detail drawings were done on
site to better understand the more unique connections in the roof system. site was prepped the in concrete
posts were sunk
laser mounted on a tripod the posts were cut to the exact height needed to make the roof level.
The ribbon joists were then attached 7” lag bolts and bolted through the
posts that had been notched at the top to allow for the joists to sit flush.
ribbon joists were in place, the ceiling joists
were attached using screws and rafter ties.
The joists were 2” x 10” and spanned the 20’ so that there were no posts supporting
the center allowing for maximum parking efficiency.
The ridge beam was assembled in sections with support posts made from doubled 2” x 4” lumber and attached to the face of the ceiling joists. Once the angles for the rafters were calculated one was made that was used as the template for the others. To avoid excess waste the entire length of the rafter was used by only cutting the angles off the ends. A purlin system was used to attach the metal Galvalume® roof panels.
the barn wood was removed from
the stalls it was de-nailed and had the rotten ends cut off.
The prepped wood was
laid out then sanded and scrubbed with soap and water.
it had dried, all of
the reclaimed wood had two coats of a natural oil based sealer applied and then
a semi-gloss spar varnish rolled on last.
sealer and varnish brought out the
original tones in the old wood, as well as highlighting the unique saw marks.
siding on this house was in need of repair from years of not being in direct sunlight.
later addition had caused the area around the window be shaded.
This caused the siding and The project originally required replacing only a few boards but the more removed the more apparent the damage was.
window frame to rot. siding that was
the end of demolition ten feet of the siding had been removed.
window and level with the roof line of the addition.
This area was above the The slats on the old part of the structure
were five quarter board and had to be replaced with the same size to match the existing exterior.
trim was used to replace the rotten boards to help prevent the area from
needing future repairs.
Once the siding was replaced the ends were sealed with calk and flashing was installed above the window frame and on the window sill. Finally the entire area was scraped primed and then painted. With the extra steps that were taken the repaired area should last in this shaded space.
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all of the damaged siding was
removed the wall cavities were vacuumed while they were exposed.
removed from around the gutters and the gutters were reattached.
of the sheathing in the corner of the building had to be cut out and replaced with new
window trim was
also rotten on the bottom and had to be repaired.
trim was replaced with
pressure treated lumber.
gutters, that had overflowed and washed
into the eaves space, was removed and cleaned out.
installed from the bottom up and was fitted under an existing board.
attention was taken to make sure that all of the boards were level and spaced the same distance from one another, in
order to match the rest of the exterior.
ends of the replacement siding were
primed and painted to prevent the boards from wicking.
EDUCATION UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE: COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN Bachelor of Architecture Cumulative GPA: 3.2 Design GPA: 3.7
DECEMBER — 2011
CERTIFICATES AND AFFILIATIONS LEED Green Associate Construction Specifications Institute National Trust for Historic Preservation Member of Greater Nashville Area Realtors® LICENSES BC-A Residential Contractor BC-b Small Commercial Contractor Real Estate Agent: Affiliate Broker EXPERIENCE VILLAGE REAL ESTATE SERVICES: NASHVILLE, TN Proficient in the use of all current TAR contracts Adept at RealTracs online MLS service Represented clients as a Designated Agent for the Buyer NASHVILLE CIVIC DESIGN CENTER: NASHVILLE, TN Participated in an off-campus design studio at Nashville Civic Design Center Focused on urban planning and downtown redevelopment Presented an adaptive reuse project of a factory Attended the Power of Ten Summit NEW NORRIS HOUSE: NORRIS, TN Constructed LEED for Home Certified Platinum house Installed drywall, windows, doors, siding, and hardwood flooring Studied sustainable building methods Received Faculty Letter of Excellence for participation LAWS NELSON CONSTRUCTION: NASHVILLE, TN Licensed Residential Contractor Licensed Small Commercial Contractor Established small business: Laws Nelson Construction NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORICAL PLACES: WALTER HILL, TN Assisted MTSU Center for Historical Preservation in research Achieved approval of the Searcy-Matthews-Tarpley Farm
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LAWS NELSON 1869 L aurel R idge D r . N ashville , TN 37215 S.L aw s .N e l s o n @ g m a i l . c o m 615•804•9936
Portfolio of undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design