This week was a little bit of a slower, monotonous week for me. I started on Monday working on a few very early quick projects for the redesign of our own studio, catching red lines for demo plans and furniture layout and what will be new construction versus existing work. I learned a lot of new skills in Revit for organizing phases and making graphics pop as well as material schedules, furniture schedules, legends, etc.
I also worked on two smaller projects that are just getting started: Bemis Public Library in Littleton, Colorado, and Big Piney Library in Big Piney, Wyoming. Side note, I am surprised and slightly appalled by how outdated existing libraries are and how boring and architecturally dull they are. For both of these libraries they have asked Humphries Poli to evaluate their existing conditions and how they can be better designed or have further work done on them. Big Piney asked us to start working on a feasibility study for them, so I created a few diagrams and put together the initial start of a report in InDesign for their existing site. Also, a recommendation for everyone, sometimes Google Earth and Google Maps get confused on where buildings are actually located, so double check that your library site is actually where it is instead of a random shed is someone’s backyard. Bemis Library also asked us to create an addition to their building provide a few diagrams for furniture layout and sketches of what that addition would look like on the exterior of the building. These diagrams allowed me to see and help design through connecting existing spaces and how that works with circulation, views, demolition, code, and exiting.
Then, the rest of the week I worked on a project titled McNichols. They are working on a high profile project for the city of Denver revamping the entrance to a historical building on Capitol Hill and bringing it up to current ADA standards. I was tasked with building a removable physical model of their current design to show to clients at a progress meeting this week. The design is actually really cool and I love how they are creatively working with classical format and melding that into a much more organic, bold, flowing solution. I would upload pictures, but I don’t think I am allowed to take any images of design work or work that is in progress until it is out to construction documents or already built.