This week I finished up the McNichols model on Monday for several meetings with it on Tuesday. After seeing the whole model come together, I enjoyed the process. It helped me better understand the building and really allows people a better perspective of the mass and scale of the design. I found out later from Dennis, Ozi, and Kelly that this was extremely helpful for the client to understand when they presented the model in their meetings. The team received a forwarded email from Dennis later in the week from the client talking a little bit about the design, but then finishing saying that they were fairly confused about the doors until Humphries Poli showed them the physical model and then everyone loved it and the design was approved.
The day after finishing the McNichols model consisted of me fixing up other older models on display around the office. This deed at first seemed kind of boring to me, but I was grateful afterwards as I did not realize how tired I was from cruising through building the section model and working late on Monday night to finish that. Plus, it offered me a chance to learn more about some of the other projects Humphries Poli has completed, speak with the other designers on them, and peek into the archives to find out what parts of the building that were missing looked like and in turn discovering a gold mine of information, presentations, process work, renderings, and client interaction for each project. I also discovered a brilliant new concept for label making as Humprhies Poli makes a lot of the labels for their models on basswood or chipboard which can’t actually be printed on. You print a label on paper backwards, and then lay that facedown on the chipboard and basswood and then use an alcohol marker all over the ink and rub the label onto the wood or chipboard. It is a really fun technique.
Later in the week I was tasked with continuing to work on a project that I did façade studies for: 38th and Kalamath. The owner and the city have approved the changes to the materials on the façade and now wish to move forward to construction. Therefore I know am drawing section cuts and details of parapets, material changes in the wall, and where the wall meets the foundation for the entire building. It is kind of a lot of work, and I do not always understand how to draw some of the details, but it has been a good learning experience, not only in presentation and Revit, but also in building construction. One of the PMs, Tom, has been working with me to help me understand the connections and the makeup of some of the walls I am not familiar with.
I was also cleared to share some images related to Pret a Porter (the fashion design competition) with you guys. Here is our concept poster: