The Professional Building

Software used: AutoCAD 2D, Sketchup, Lumion 10.3, Photoshop

The Professional Building is a two-story building with retail spaces on the ground floor and offices on the second floor. The site had already been selected, landscaping and parking planned, and fifteen massing alternatives had been proposed, and students were to develop one of the massing models into design drawings, complete an OBC analysis of the design, and then create representative working drawings. This was a base building and interiors would only be fitted up after the work was complete, by the tenants themselves. 

The building core encompasses male/female washrooms, a janitor room, one public universal washroom, a security room, data and electrical closets, computer server, sprinkler and electrical rooms, a loading/staff entrance, a storage area, as well as a staff area with a small kitchen and a universal washroom. The ground floor includes a front desk and a lobby area, which connects to the second floor through feature stairs and a panoramic elevator; a coffee shop and 8 more retails units. The second floor comprises a front desk and a lobby area, a mail space, data and electrical closets, male/female washrooms, a janitor room and a universal washroom; a printing room and an office supply room, two executive rooms, a meeting room and an open office space for fourteen employees. It also includes  a staff cave space and a collaborative space, an HR office and an interview room, two recycling stations, and a shared staff area associated with a kitchen.
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The exterior finishes were three: aluminum composite panels, concrete wall panels, and curtain wall system with black aluminum mullions. The emergency exit stairs were designed as a structure exterior to the building and are its main design feature.

The building was a sprinklered steel-frame construction. Designs were beam and girder / open web steel joist, as spans required. The exceptions were the foundation and the slab on grade for ground floor, which were in concrete. The elevator shaft and stairwells were concrete masonry units (CMU.)

In the final submission, the following had been developed: Floor plan with finish schedule, Structural plans,  Foundation plans (shallow and deep), Elevations (two), Building sections (two), Wall sections (six), Details (thirteen). Please find the final package available for download below.

Hand drawn details were also developed. 


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