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Member News – October 2017

Awards

Dahlin Group’s Dust Bowl Brewery has been awarded a 2017 AIA Sierra Valley Honor Award for Design Excellence.

Promotions and Licensures

Patricia Stenger, AIA has accepted a new position with Barry & Wynn Architects.

 

 

 

 

Eoanna Harrison, Assoc. AIA has earned her California license and is now Eoanna Harrison, AIA!

 

 

 

 

Members Featured

Geno Yun, AIA, principal of ELS Architecture & Urban Design was recently featured in Contract magazine: https://www.contractdesign.com/galleries/products-designers-select/designers-select-retail-3#9

Jeff Evans, AIA and HKIT were featured in East Bay Times:   http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/09/12/initial-design-of-piedmont-school-theater-steam-building-advances/

Mexpo International: Project Profile

Project By: Lawrence Rugg  Architecture

Mexpo International is a company that provides supplies for the medical industry and is located in Union City. They recently purchased a 28,000 square foot tilt-up concrete structure that had been a supply depot for the trucking industry, which included 2,000 square feet of office space on the ground floor and a mezzanine at one end of the building.

The location was ideal for Mexpo since it was located near I-880 and had sufficient square footage for their warehouse and shipping/receiving needs, however, the building’s office space was dark, cramped, and uninviting and the exterior and grounds needed refurbishing.  Mexpo also planned to have their clients and business partners visit their facility and wanted to have a facility that provided a progressive image.  The result was a commitment to completely retroffiting and expanding the office area to receive visitors and to provide a productive and attractive workplace for their employees.

The existing mezzanine was removed to create a 25-foot, floor-to-roof open space for the reception, open office, and break areas that runs from the front to the back of the structure. Skylights were added to the roof, existing mezzanine windows were retained, and new windows were added at the front and back of the space.  A small, open mezzanine was added near the back that houses an employee conference room above and an I.T. room below.  This mezzanine also divides the open office from the break room at the rear, which opens onto a new back patio for employees.  At the front, a seven-foot-high partition screens the open office from the reception area, private offices, a conference room for visitors and new restrooms.  The entire exterior was painted, landscaped, a new screen for the building transformer was added and the parking area was resurfaced and restriped.

Mercedes E. Harris, Assoc. AIA: Member Profile

In May 2017, I was one of fifteen students to graduate from Oklahoma State University with a professional degree in architecture. Today, I am a long way from home as I work towards a Masters of Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley. The events that led me to the East Bay, in hindsight, are straight forward enough.

After my third year, I received my first internship designing public schools at a firm in Dallas. The next summer I spent time in Wichita with a firm that specialized in healthcare facilities. Architecture was plan A up until that point – if I didn’t enjoy the field or I flunked out, there was no backup plan. That was until my last two years of school, when I began to read books and watch films about urban design. I took Oklahoma State’s final undergraduate studio, which delved deep into urban issues. I thought I had enjoyed architecture more than anything, but I soon realized I had been working at the wrong scale. Urban Design became my new passion.

Outside of studio, I enjoyed many opportunities on-campus and in the community. I was a Girl Scout troop leader for three and a half years, volunteered at many community events, working mainly with children, and ultimately completed five hundred hours of community service during my ungraduated career. My campus position as a Career Paraprofessional in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) was to prepare other students to build their own careers. I’ve been trained in resume building, mock interviews, job search techniques, corresponding with professionals, etc. During my last three semesters, I worked with fellow architecture students to redevelop the student chapter of Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). I also worked with a group of five students to envision the Honors College Student Association (HCSA). When I passed the presidency along, HCSA had over 80 members and $1000 in group-raised funding. CSI, similarly, saw a tripled membership and $600 in group-raised funding.

Upon graduation, I briefly returned to Dallas to work for WRA Architects, the firm where I had my first internship opportunity. I still do contract work for them, writing a type of shorthand specifications. I look forward to my year at UC Berkeley and my time in the East Bay, as well as for whatever comes next.

WARE: Firm Profile

WARE transcends the traditional boundaries between architecture and engineering, designing buildings whose craft and detail spring from an intimate understanding of materials and fabrication.

Located in the heart of Oakland, overlooking Lake Merritt, WARE is a close-knit, integrated office, where coordination of all aspects of a project are deliberately designed into the work.

Copyright Tim Maloney, Technical Imagery Studios (Cheng Design – Designer; Ware Associates – Architect & Engineer)

WARE considers projects both as functional spaces and unique creations, developed in concert with clients’ desired performance criteria, available budget and aesthetic aspirations. From inception, each project is a collaboration with the client. The firm carefully considers all details and works with the materials, light and space, and elements of construction to infuse a client’s creative ideas with the technical innovation to make them reality. It is this human touch and scale that makes their projects enjoyable places to stop, to sit, or just to be.

WARE offers a complete and integrated range of architectural and structural engineering services. Recent clients include East Bay Regional Park District, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, City of Berkeley, and Fivepoint Development in San Francisco, as well as private developers and homeowners.

3D Printed Park Pavilion Design Model (Ware Associates – Architect & Engineer)

Cesar Rubio Photography (Ware Associates – Architect & Engineer)

CoolTechStuff: American Hardwoods Species Guide

Larry Mortimer, AIA lmort@kmort.com

What Does It Do: The app provides information on selecting hardwood species, including:  Alder, Ash, Aspen, Basswood, Beech, Yellow Birch, Cherry, Cottonwood, Red Elm, Gum, Hackberry, Hickory & Pecan, Hard Maple, Pacific Coast Maple, Soft Maple, Red Oak, White Oak, Poplar, Sycamore, and Black Walnut.

System Requirements: The app works on mobile devices that run the iOS or Android systems.

What does it cost: Free (the best price of all)

How Does it Work: The app has six tabs: Species, Photos, Info, Properties, Share App, and Contact Us.  The “Species” tab shows a color image of each species with a clear, light, medium and dark stain.  The “Photos” tab shows a photo of the selected species used in an actual project.  The “Info” tab give general information on each species, such as description, where it grows, main uses, abundance, availability, physical properties, and workability.  The “Properties” tab displays the strength and mechanical properties for each species.  The “Share” tab simply opens up your mail program to send info about the app to others (I think they should remove this tab).  Finally the “Contact Us” tab is just what it sounds like, using your choice of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or email as the media.

Conclusion: If you need a quick idea of the look and properties of a particular hardwood, this is a good app to have in your tool box.

More Info:  www.hardwoodinfo.com (much more good information for design professionals at this site)

For Android Devices:  Download at play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wood.demo&feature=search_result

For iOS devices:  Download from the App Store on your iOS device (note: Apple has changed things, you can no longer download apps in the iTunes store from your desktop).

 

ArchNews September 2017

September ArchNews is out now! Click the links below to read each article:

Project Profile: Eviva Mission Bay, LDA Architects, Inc.
Green: 
SunShares Makes NOW a Great Time to Add 100% Renewable Electricity
Building Code Issues: Exterior Elevated Elements (EEE)
CoolTechStuff: Seek thermal Compact
Members News
Firm Profile: Cooley Architectural Corporation
Member Profile: Rebecca Ivans Amato, AIA: Living and Designing With Purpose
Call for Submissions: Grant for Housing Innovation

Rebecca Ivans Amato: Living and Designing With Purpose

A Member Profile

Her first foray into design began in her childhood bedroom in Lakewood, Colorado. Rebecca Amato spent hours rearranging the furniture in the room she shared with her two sisters, attempting to realize a version of the modernist home she admired on The Brady Bunch.

Fast forward a few decades and Rebecca Amato is still rearranging–and creating. Her visionary designs have reimagined historic San Francisco Victorians, Berkeley bungalows, and turn-of-the-last-century industrial warehouses into vibrant and distinctive spaces. Now principal architect and owner of Amato Architecture, a company she started in 2002, Amato employs a team of five designers who help her turn every project into a unique environment configured for the way people want to enjoy life.

After graduating from the Environmental Design program in 1988 from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Rebecca’s career almost immediately took on a cosmopolitan flair. She moved to San Francisco where she worked for Huntsman Associates on commercial interiors. Then, after obtaining her architecture license in 1995, she pursued an opportunity to work in the Chitwan jungle in Nepal for 3 months. An 18-month exploration of Southeast Asia followed, including a design stint for Bangkok-based Woods Bagot.

Her next job at HOK in San Francisco sent her to Beijing and Hong Kong to work on large hotel projects. Desiring to work outside the corporate environment, Rebecca next joined IN:SITE Design Build Association to gain project management skills and lead large design projects in a smaller team environment.

After starting a family in 2003 and then designing a 1,200 square foot addition to her own residence, Rebecca gained insight into the needs and unique tribulations of a family attempting to overhaul their home. Her residential work often includes repurposed space and multi-use options (such as a residential conversion of a storage room into a laundry/music/guest room) or imaginative build-outs like a children’s play-loft above adjacent bedroom closets. A redesigned, unique kitchen with inside/outside bar access will be on display September 23-24, 2017 during the Rockridge neighborhood Kitchen Tour.

One outstanding example of Amato’s commercial work is The Pearl, a recently completed, exclusive event space in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. A steel crane system across the ceiling of the former boiler factory was fixed in place to structurally support a new rooftop deck, then utilized below to house event lighting while also functioning as a decorative planter. A spin-off of that project is a marquee event space (now under construction) in Oakland’s Jack London Square featuring the United Beerworks brewery, also designed by Amato Architecture.

A favorite of Rebecca’s projects that is also currently under construction is a new two-level, modern vacation home on the beach in Maui, outside of Lahaina. “It doesn’t get much better when you get to travel to Hawaii with your family to see one of your projects under construction,” Rebecca said. “I really do feel I am living the life I dreamed where travel, family and my design passion all come together!”

Codes: Exterior Elevated Elements (EEE)

Kerwin Lee, AIA, CASp

It has been over two years since the tragic balcony collapse in Berkeley. The city reacted by creating their own ordinance to address the issues, mainly focusing on maintenance. The state has enacted their own Emergency Amendment to the code, which was enacted  at the end of January of this year for a 18-month period. The Building Standards Commission has extended the Emergency Amendment.

The requirements, which amends Part two of the Title 24 and Part ten for existing buildings, has three main points:

  1. Waterproofing documentation
  2. Ventilation of concealed spaces, and
  3. Maintenance

Details of the code requirements can be found in Bulletin 17-01, Dated February 2, 2017 from the Building Standards Commission at: https://www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/bsc/Info-Bulletins/BSC_Bulletin_17-01_FINAL.pdf

Let’s start with “Maintenance.” This responsibility falls on the local jurisdiction as to how to implement this. When the city of Berkeley looked at this, it was estimated that 6,000 letters would be sent of building owners.  Each local jurisdiction will deal with this as they see fit.

Item 2 “Ventilation” is new to the code.  The code currently does not address, require or is silent on the issue of ventilation for enclosed balconies or other types of projections.  Ventilation is generally associated with moisture with condensation related to a temperature difference between spaces.  Although the code addresses keeping moisture (weather protection) out of these areas, the basic assumption of the new section is that if there is moisture within these assembles, the ventilation will help mitigate the problem.  The addition of ventilation will also provide visual opportunity to inspect the enclosed or sealed off areas more easily.  The alternative is to provide access panels or performing destructive demolition for inspection and repairs.  So the venting in the ordinance is different from venting in the current code.

The addition of the vents may address one issue, but may also create another issue related to fire protection of the structure.  All new R-1 and R-2 structures are required to be fire resistive in design, Type A construction.  This would include projections, like decks and balconies.  These projections are considered floor or floor/roof assemblies and required to have the same fire resistance as the rest of the building.  By adding all of these vents, which is required in the ordinance to be a minimum 1/150th of the area of the space ventilated, this may compromise the fire resistance integrity of the balcony.  For an 8 x 10 foot deck, a minimum of about 77 square inches of venting is required.  This is potentially a lot of unprotected openings.

Item #1 “Documentation” has a big effect on how drawings are created. The code change requires designers to show the waterproofing associated with the types of exterior elevated elements. First of all how many designers are competent with waterproofing? One can find many details for roofing, decking and opening protections, but what happens when these elements are joined together? What happens when a door opens on to a balcony or deck? Now we have a door opening intersecting a balcony, a horizontal element. This can be a very complicated detail for waterproofing. Perhaps the code change addresses this by requiring venting and physical inspection, with the assumption of waterproofing failure. This issue could be a big responsibility and liability for the designer.

Comments from Steve Winkel, FAIA

I cannot comment in detail on what the CBSC Exterior Elevated Element  (EEE) subcommittee will recommend, as we are in the midst of developing those recommendations. But Kerwin’s comments are all spot-on. The issue of documentation is one where architects who do not consider themselves adept at specifying and detailing deck waterproofing may need to seek expert consulting advice. They also need to be very aware that these issues involve intersections of multiple systems of walls, doors, windows and decks where there are transitions between waterproofing elements, all of which can lead to failures to prevent water intrusion. The one issue Kerwin did not mention was about increased requirements in the new provisions for inspections prior to enclosing deck elements. Designers should consider inclusion of special inspection provisions for decks and balconies under the provisions of CBC Chapter 17.

CoolTechStuff: Seek thermal Compact

Larry Mortimer, AIA

A friend of mine was concerned about heat loss/gain in one room of his residence.  The room was cold in the winter and hot in the summer.  To help diagnose the problem he purchased a little device called the Seek thermal Compact that plugged into his smart phone to provide a thermal image of the room.

 

What Does It Do: The Seek thermal Compact is a thermal imaging camera that plugs into your smart phone or tablet to allow it to take thermal images or videos of anything including buildings and building systems.

System Requirements:  iOS or Android smart phone or tablet

What does it cost: $249 – $499 (depending on model)

How Does it Work: Simply plug the camera into your smart device to capture a thermal image or video that will show energy loss/gain caused by air leaks, missing or damaged insulation, inefficient HVAC systems, electrical faults, and more.  You can save, send, share, and store the thermal images or videos the same way you would any other image or video on your smart device.  This compact, pocket-size, portable device measures only 1 x 1.75 x 1” and weighs less than 0.5 ounces.  It runs on power from your smart device, does not require batteries or charging, and has low power consumption (up to 4 hours of battery operating time).  There are three models of the Seek Compact:  the Compact, the CompactXR and the CompactPro. The main differences are the size of the thermal sensor, field of view, frame rate and detection distance.  For design professionals the Compact or CompactXR would probably be sufficient.

Conclusion:  This looks like a useful device for quick, convenient on-demand thermal imaging with your smartphone or tablet.

More Info: http://www.thermal.com/compact-series.html

 

SunShares Makes NOW a Great Time to Add 100% Renewable Electricity

By: Cate Leger, Principal, Leger Wanaselja Architecture and Commissioner, Berkeley Energy Commission

Many cities in the Bay Area have partnered with SunShares this fall to use bulk buying power to reduce the cost of photovoltaic (PV) panels and electric vehicles to an all-time low.  The program also simplifies the PV panel purchasing process, offering a short list of pre-vetted installers and free local workshops to ask questions and learn about the process.  There are even resources to sign up for 100% renewable electricity for those that can’t install solar PV.  For residential architects this is a great opportunity to share with clients.

For homeowners, now is a great time to purchase PV or an electric car.  Purchasing PV panels is a good time to consider going all electric or at least shifting some loads from gas to electricity.  One of the barriers I hear again and again to installing solar PV panels in the Bay Area is that electric use is just too low to make a difference or to interest solar installers.  Adding an electric car will dramatically increase the electrical load.  Shifting to electric heating and appliances will add more and bring projects that much closer to 100% renewable energy.

PV installation and electric vehicles still qualify for a 30% federal tax credit, even in the current political climate.  In addition, some of the costs of going all electric such as  electrical service upgrades and electric car hookups can be covered by the 30% federal tax credit.  However, these tax credits are set to expire in a few years.  Taking advantage of SunShares now ensures participation in the federal tax credit program.

Even if purchasing PV panels is not possible, shifting to a 100% renewable electricity provider makes a difference now.

Learn about SunShares: http://www.bayareasunshares.org/

Sign up for a free workshop.  There are several in-person and web based workshops around the bay area: http://www.bayareasunshares.org/events

The deadline to sign up for SunShares is November 2017.