September 27, 2022 Project of the Week
Project Name: Hanam Gyosan
Company Name: Bentley Systems
Project Location: Hanam, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Project Information/Details: Project Summary Improving Citywide IT Infrastructure and Creating a Digital City With the current trend of urban development moving toward digital cities, the South Korea Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation is equipping their cities with infrastructure technology. In concert, the Ministry is implementing a citywide IT infrastructure at Hanam to advance the city’s administration and lifestyle. A digital transformation plan is also underway, considering various elements including existing city areas and innovative business zones. The project will decentralize urban housing in Seoul and contribute to the development of local communities. Pivoting from a Three-year Timeframe to a One-year Schedule The Ministry outsourced the design oversight to BasisSoft, a leading construction IT solution provider in South Korea. They were engaged to analyze and transform the existing 2D design into a 3D BIM to evaluate and improve design quality. With a project area of nearly 6.3 million square meters to build 34,000 houses, the BasisSoft team sought a software application robust enough to handle the BIM design of a very large site. Further, BasisSoft needed to pivot from the initial three-year timeframe to a one-year schedule mandated by the client. The truncated timeframe made it impossible to convert all 2D designs to 3D designs and meet delivery. As a result, they needed a software solution that was easy to use and could quickly perform the conversion. Robust Applications Help Meet Aggressive Schedule To meet the aggressive schedule, they deployed ContextCapture to process 20,000 drone-captured images of the site. They also deployed Leapfrog for 3D strata modeling and OpenRoads to handle the BIM design of the extremely large project site, which included calculating earthworks and road work, storm drains, sanitary sewers, and water supply lines. BasisSoft also used OpenBridge Modeler to facilitate structure design, as well as MicroStation for appurtenant works modeling and LumenRT for visualization. BIM Design Key to Identifying and Resolving Clashes Using the integrated BIM solution and Bentley software in their design enabled BasisSoft to uncover 50 interference instances, 30 drawing error instances, and 10 desi gn issues. Additionally, accurate visualization help them detect and resolve potential design errors that were critical in meeting the client’s aggressive schedule.
September 20, 2022 Project of the Week
Project Name: Kahtnuht’ana Duhdeldiht Campus
Company Name: Stantec
Project Location: Kenai, Alaska United States
Project Information/Details: The Kenaitze Indian Tribe recently celebrated the grand opening of the Kahtnuht’ana Duhdeldiht Campus (Kenai River People’s Learning Place), its new education center in Kenai, Alaska. The center combines core educational components and programs in one state-of-the-art, central facility with a focus on the Tribal Council’s commitment to building a tribally owned, culturally appropriate education campus. The Anchorage office of integrated design firm Stantec provided architecture and interior design; surveying; and civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering for the project. Stantec also completed an environmental assessment of the site. Blazy Construction was the general contractor. Spanning 67,259 square feet, the education center includes two wings connected by a central indoor plaza. The education wing has classrooms and meeting spaces to accommodate the Tribe’s Early Learning preschool, K-12 Yaghanen Youth Language and Culture Program, Community Education and Career Training, and the Dena’ina Language Institute. Supporting school and community activities, the second wing features a multipurpose room with a second-floor running track. This gathering space can house up to 300 people in banquet-style seating and is utilized for hosting tribal events, meetings, athletics, or other large events. There is also a cultural room for tribal demonstrations. “Collaborating with the Tribe and seeing the project develop from ideas and paper into its realization is inspirational,” said Giovanna Gambardella, Stantec’s principal architect based in Anchorage. “The education center is an investment in the community and the Tribe’s future. It was an honor to work with the Tribe, to weave cultural and historical elements into the design, yet provide a durable and easy-to-maintain facility. We are thrilled to see children, parents, educators, families, and elders enjoying the new center.” Cultural values central to design The Kahtnuht’ana Duhdeldiht Campus is designed as a safe place where children can achieve educational milestones while embracing the traditions of the Dena’ina culture. Every aspect of the design responds to local, cultural, and tribal values with each detail providing teaching opportunities beyond the classroom: • Reclaimed wood is repurposed from the community’s historic cannery, which emphasizes the Tribe’s longstanding fishing traditions. • A 16-foot diameter tribal seal is embedded in the lobby floor, while a 20-foot diameter rendering of the Tribe’s Traditional Values Wheel is embedded in the multipurpose room floor. • The building exterior features a custom copper color aluminum panel pattern that simulates salmon skin, a resource central to the Tribe’s identity, and the curved design references a circular sense of community. • Landscape and playground areas were designed to teach children about the natural environment. To create a warm and nurturing environment, the design emphasized a palette of natural materials throughout the light-filled space. Since overstimulation can result from the use of a strong color scheme, particular attention was paid to selecting a balanced combination of accents and natural finishes and textures. “The Tribe’s vision is ‘To assure Kahtnuht’ana Dena’ina thrive forever,’ and I can’t think of a more important way of doing that than sharing language, culture, and traditional knowledge,” said Bernadine Atchison, Tribal Council chair. The Kenaitze Indian Tribe was federally recognized as a sovereign, independent nation in 1971 under the Indian Reorganization Act as amended for Alaska. Today, the tribe has more than 1,800 tribal members who live across the Kenai Peninsula and beyond; it employs about 350 full-time and part-time employees. Stantec is ranked among the nation’s leading design firms for education projects. With 50 years of history in Alaska, Stantec has designed award-winning educational facilities throughout the state, including in many rural communities. To learn more, visit: www.stantec.com/en/markets/education. About Stantec Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind. We care about the communities we serve—because they’re our communities too. This allows us to assess what’s needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what’s never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success. We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.
September 13, 2022 Project of the Week
Project Name: 345 Adams Street
Company Name: Urbahn Architects
Project Location: New York City, New York United States
Project Information/Details: Urbahn Architects and contractor Citnalta have completed the renovation of offices for multiple New York City public agencies on six floors of 345 Adams Street, a 13-story commercial building located in Downtown Brooklyn. New York City owns 11 floors of the building and uses the space to house a variety of city agencies. The work represents part of a $110 million, building-wide renovation, infrastructure upgrade, and fire protection systems improvement project. Renovations on floors 10th and 11th have provided new offices for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD); the New York Police Department (NYPD); and Safe Horizons, a violence victims service organization. Tenants on other renovated floors include the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) on the third floor; Department of Finance (DOF) as well as Marshalls, Sheriff and Legal departments on the fifth floor; and Kings County DA ComALERT and the Counseling Services Eastern District New York CSEDNY on the seventh floor. The 13th floor houses maintenance staff workrooms, lockers, and offices as well as mechanical spaces. According to Urbahn Principal Natale V. Barranco, AIA, LEED AP, “The overall project goal was to consolidate New York City’s public agencies located at different areas of Brooklyn into this central location to reduce operational costs and improve communication.” The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) set up the initial construction budgets and determined the general requirements and workstation counts for each agency. Urbahn was then tasked with the design of workplace to accommodate individual agency requirements within the pre-set budget parameters. “The renovations encompassed six entire floors as well as the 5,000-square foot first floor lobby with entrances on two sides of the building,” he added. Additional project team members included construction manager STV; electrical engineer Loring Engineers; plumbing and fire protection engineer JFK&M; lighting designer Lumen; audio/visual and security systems designer Cerami; vertical transportation engineer CBA; structural engineer OECLS; and environmental consultant EPM. Design Components and Construction Challenges The Renaissance Revival building was designed by McKenzie, Voorhees & Gmelin and constructed in 1923 for the Edison Electric Company of Brooklyn. New York City purchased the building in 1989 and then sold the first two floors to Muss Development, which rented these spaces to a childcare center and other commercial and retail tenants. Each floor plate offers 24,000-square feet of space. Following the completion of the initial renovations, future project phases will create office space for “Each agency has their own functional and aesthetic requirements and Urbahn coordinated closely with each of them to develop designs that met both the design requirements and the DCAS budget parameters. For example, Herman Miller furniture systems will be utilized throughout the building and most agencies chose the Canvas line that features cloth finishes. However, DOB requested laminate finishes in place of cloth to facilitate cleaning, and their spaces will utilize the Action Office line instead. Several agencies chose their own color schemes. The NYPD space features brown and purple to reflect the colors of the agency logo,” shared Urbahn Senior Associate Antonio Pinto, AIA. All office floors include a combination of open workspace, private offices, conference rooms, and employee amenities. The 10th floor has several existing conference rooms featuring teak panels and trim that were installed as part of the original 1923 building and refurbished prior to the current renovation. To reflect the building’s past, Urbahn designed new teak paneling on the exterior of the conference room that closely matches the original 1923-vintage millwork. Within the historic conference rooms, the Urbahn team specified new luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring and Armstrong Woodworks Grille Tegular natural wood ceiling panels with imbedded linear lighting fixtures that visually complement the original teak wall paneling. Luxury vinyl flooring (LVT) and carpet are used throughout the office spaces, while terrazzo flooring is installed in the public corridors, elevator lobbies, and in some individual waiting areas. Office area walls are painted gypsum board. “MEP systems on each floor have been replaced. In addition, new chillers and an emergency generator were installed, and both presented significant challenges,” explained Pinto. “The three-foot by 12-foot , 12,000-pound ArcticCool modular chiller had to be located in the subcellar and there was no adequate access through the existing building to bring the equipment into that area. The construction team opened a section of the Pearl Street sidewalk above an existing vault to gain access into subcellar and then restored the sidewalk once the installation was complete.” The Kohler diesel generator – almost nine tons in weight and more than 13 feet long - also had to be installed within the existing building. Loring worked closely with the Urbahn team to analyze several potential locations and ultimately selected an area on the 13th floor that had a partial attic above to accommodate the chiller height. This system was craned into place in five sections and then reassembled on-site. Citnalta erected fire-rated perimeter walls around the generator room to provide separation from the rest of the floor. Urbahn Architects Urbahn Architects is a full-service planning and design firm based in New York City. Since its founding in 1945, Urbahn has designed projects for organizations and institutions that operate in the hospitality, multi-family residential, healthcare, education, justice, science, transportation, and infrastructure sectors. ENR New York magazine recently recognized Urbahn as the 2019 Design Firm of the Year. Building Design & Construction ranks Urbahn as the 92nd largest architectural firm in the U.S. Four principals lead the firm: Donald E. Henry, Jr., AIA, LEED AP; Natale V. Barranco, AIA, LEED AP; Rafael Stein, AIA; and Ranabir Sengupta, AIA, LEED AP. Urbahn served as the architect for some of the U.S.’ most iconic structures, including the Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Control at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL, and the Fermi National Accelerator Lab in Batavia, IL. The construction value of Urbahn’s on-going domestic and international projects exceeds $500 million Urbahn’s current and recent work includes renovation of the New York Surrogate’s Courthouse historic skylight in Manhattan; the New York City Hall Mayoral Offices and Emergency Situation Center and Public Health Lab Redevelopment Master Plans in New York, NY; the Harborview Ambulatory Center Brooklyn at the VA Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY; Centro Medico Correccional in Bayamon, PR; the Jersey City Municipal Services Complex, Jersey City, NJ; the SUNY New Paltz Engineering Innovation Hub in New Paltz, NY; the Lehman College School of Nursing in the Bronx, NY; Usha Martin University Master Plan in Ranchi, India; the Columbia University Baker Field Facilities Master Plan in New York, NY; the College of New Jersey Science Complex in Ewing, NJ; and the P.S. 253Q Elementary School in Queens, NY. Photo by Ola Wilk Photography/Wilk Marketing Communications