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Entry number: UB07058
Owner's Brief. Provide a simple straightforward architecture that maximizes the views from the individual executive offices and incorporates exposed concrete as a continued theme with existing buildings. This facility must provide a place for the 6D computer actuated virtual environment (CAVE) computer equipment for the research teams as a visualization laboratory.
Site Description. The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is located in the hills approximately four miles north of the Reno city center. It is surrounded by undeveloped land to the north, west and south. Commanding views to the south include the city of Reno and the Sierra Mountain range. Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) campus is located immediately to the east. The DRI campus and TMCC campus are expected to merge as each one experiences growth. The site of the new CAVE facility rests on the hillside sloping down to the south. The slope of the site allows views of upper buildings to be minimally affected. The hillside site includes natural rock outcroppings bridging between the current CAVE facility phase of construction and the future Phase design concept of this project.
Building Design. The "kit of parts" concept is utilized to allow for flexibility, cost consciousness, and also provide the Owner with the opportunity to easily expand upon additional funding. The "kit of parts" includes four (4) research pods of 7200 square feet with required collaboration space. The research pods are deemed "primary" space and
The interior design approach is honest and utilizes a "structure as architecture" approach. Steel and concrete are exposed in most areas. Suspended gypsum board ceilings are incorporated in the concrete cores to address plenum requirements.
Master plan Site Design.
Nearly the entire south facing wall is glass curtain wall to maximize day lighting and reduce electrical demand. This window wall is detailed with horizontal trellis' for sun control. Solar panels will be provided on the roof as a flat surface attached to the single ply membrane as well as an array on the south side of the building. We have provided alternative transportation methods such as bicycle storage and designated parking for alternative fuel vehicles. The water use for the entire building will be reduced by 20% while using innovative wastewater technology. Throughout construction the contractor is responsible for waste management and recycling of appropriate materials. The indoor environmental quality will benefit from C02 monitoring, low-emitting materials, thermal comfort and day lighting which is provided not only from the south facing glass, but also from the numerous skylights provided on the north side of the facility. Innovation in design will also be accomplished with such items as low flow urinals and utilizing the building as a display.
Material in ASL Library: Form Core Boards, Project Description Form, Exteriors Photos, Location Map, Site Plan, Floor Plan, and Interior Photos
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