This year we are very excited to lead several sessions this fall at ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) including three sessions focusing on architectural tools and examining our Northeastern University Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex project.
Architectural Fabrication in Design: Going Beyond the Pencil
The lines between traditional design documentation, shop fabrication and field assembly are blurring. As the industry moves towards a greater level of cross-coordination, integrated delivery and physical exploration, what is the expanding role of the architect? Fabrication is quickly taking the design process to the next level as architectural firms expand their capabilities to design and construct in their own shops. How are these tools being utilized, what are some of the benefits, and the issues, and how will this change our approach to exploratory design? This panel will feature one firm’s evolving design approach-as supported by their recently established Fab-Lab-discussing current project explorations, the benefits to the client, and the relative costs for implementing this type of service.
November 15, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Susan Blomquist AIA, Associate Payette
Parke MacDowell AIA, Fabrication Designer Payette
Scott Rawlings AIA, LEED AP, FACHA, Principal/Healthcare Practice Leader Payette
Second Generation Parametrics: The Integrated Model
As parametric design tools continue to evolve, the design process is being tested. Can building performance and aesthetic considerations develop concurrently? Who owns the parametric modeling process: the architect, the design technologist, or the building scientist? Could it be all three? What are the limits of automation? How to control multiple design parameters without creating myriad impractical options? The presenters will introduce a new “Integrated Parametric” design process, driven by the concurrent consideration of controlled geometry, formal configuration, environmental performance and high-level visualization. The session will illustrate the impact that this new process can have on envelope design sequence. This includes rapid processing and evaluation of design iterations coupled with real-time energy performance and comfort analysis. The design of a five million sf hospital project will be used as a case study. This process suggests the emergence of a new collaboration model that is likely to transform architectural practices.
November 15, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Leon Drachman AIA, LEED Green Associate, Principal Payette
Santiago Garay, Digital Modeling and Visualization Manager Payette
Alejandra Menchaca LEED AP, BD+C, PhD, Senior Building Scientists/Associate Payette
Interdisciplinary Science at Northeastern University
The new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) is the first phase of Northeastern University’s ambitious plan to develop 600,000 SF of new academic and research space for the University on an existing surface parking lot. The site is separated from the main campus by existing Amtrak and MBTA rail lines. The first phase of this project will be newly completed and open in 2016. Movement defines the architecture, revealing a new culture of science at Northeastern that once existed in silos. Four academic research disciplines for engineering, health sciences, basic sciences and computer science come together in the ISEC to define a dynamic and collaborative research culture. This project demonstrates how a science building can become an integral part of an innovative campus movement system, while defining its own context as the nucleus for scientific research as it expands its boundaries.
November 15, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Bob Schaeffner FAIA, LEED AP Principal Payette
Kevin Sullivan FAIA, President Payette
Jim Cahill, Associated VP Facilities, Planning Design & Construction Northeastern University