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{2007.05.29 ~ Professional Work : PBC+L Architects}

Wake Technical Community College Northern Campus, Building D classroom and office building
Pearce, Brinkley, Cease, + Lee Architecture
Architecture Team: Doug Brinkley, David Hill, Marni Vinton, Matt Bitterman, + Jenny Olson.
Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineers: Stanford White Associates
Civil Engineers: Mulkey Engineers + Associates
Landscape Architects: Reynolds + Jewell
Structural Engineers: Stewart Engineers + Associates
Budget: 28 million || Sq. footage: approx. 80,000
My time on the project: 2006.08.11- 2007.04.01 in CD’s

This building is the forth on a new sustainably minded campus PBC+L has master planned, designed, and followed through construction. The masterplan maximizes favorable solar exposure to the north and south while straddling the existing wetlands. The first three buildings have been completed and occupied as of august 2007, and Building D was recently completed in 2009. All of the buildings on this campus will be LEED certified, and Building D reached Silver Status.

I joined the team at the beggining of the production of construction documents and saw them to completion. It is to the credit of my teammates Doug Brinkley, David Hill and Marni Vinton, and to the client Wake Tech. Community College to have produced such a sensible and responsible design for this campus and campus buildings, and I feel very fortunate to have been able to be a part of this project.

The building itself is attenuated along the East/West axis to maximize glazing along the North and South facades to more efficiently control solar exposure and maximize natural lighting. The building’s tectonic is quite simple - a four story metal panel plane delineates the glass volume composed of classrooms + offices (etc.), and the stairs fall behind masonry and GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete ) precast panels. The bent plane continues past the thermal threshold of the building to frame the main entry and create a plaza overlooking the stormwater retention pond below.

This project was one of the first in our office drawn in Autodesk Revit, which turned out to be a wonderful tool. I was primarily responsible for the drafting and continual development (but not without the help of the whole office) of the plans, elevations, building sections, column details, curtainwall elevations, door details, door schedules, ramp plans and details, and the enlarged plans (toilet details.) It is also to the credit of our many consultants and engineers for their advice, patience, and hard work completing their portion of the construction set.

Knight Hall ::
Knight Hall was completed in 2009 as well and is a new building on the University of Maryland at College Park’s campus. It houses the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism.

I worked with Shann Rushing and Maryland local architects Grimm + Parker to complete the Schematic Design phase of this project. The building has since been built, winning the 2010 AIA Maryland Citation Award. It is also the first LEED building on the University’s campus, achieving GOLD-level certification from the USGBC.