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University of California, Davis – WBF by Flad Architects

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Article source: Flad Architects

“The new facility raises the bar for environmental design and construction of laboratory and process buildings within the University of California. It also serves as a model for industries throughout the nation that is committed both to environmental excellence and production efficiency.” Neal Van Alfen, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences”.


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  • Architect: Flad Architects
  • Name of Project: University of California, Davis – WBF
  • Location: California, USA
  • Flad Role: Full architectural services
  • Size: 31,000 square feet
  • Completion: 2010; Design-Build Delivery
  • Innovation: First Zero Water Use Facility of its type in the country
  • Software used: Concept Design:- SketchUp for massing and organization; 3D Studio Max for illustrations; EcoTect for environmental characteristics; Energy Modeling – eQUEST; Construction Documents – Revit
  • Awards: LEED Platinum, R&D Magazine Lab of the Year High Honors, 2010 “Best of California” Construction Award, AIA San Francisco Merit Award for Energy & Sustainability, ASLA San Francisco Honor Award – Best in Category, ASLA San Francisco President’s Award, 2011 California Higher Education, Energy & Sustainability Best Practice Award for Water Efficiency, Western Pacific Region DBIA Best Project – Educational


A New Norris House by University of Tennessee

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Article source: University of Tennessee

In 1933 the Tennessee Valley Authority constructed a model community, Norris, Tennessee, as part of the Norris Dam construction project. A key feature of this New Deal village was the Norris House, a series of homes built as models for modern and efficient living. In light of the 75th anniversary of the Norris Project, an evolving interdisciplinary team of UT students and faculty are reinterpreting the Norris paradigm and creating a New Norris House – a sustainable home designed for the 21st century. In 2009 the New Norris House was one of six winners nationally of the Environmental Protection Agency’s People Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Competition. It offers a replicable model for contemporary sustainable living that holds the promise of significant benefit across East Tennessee.

Image Courtesy University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

  • Architects: University of Tennessee
  • Project: A New Norris House
  • Location: Norris, Tennessee
  • Builders: University of Tennessee, College of Architecture and Design; Clayton Homes; Johnson and Galyon
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Project Area: 768 sq.ft.
  • Landscape Architect: University of Tennessee, College of Architecture and Design
  • Structural Engineer: University of Tennessee, College of Engineering, in collaboration with Mallia Engineering Company
  • Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: University of Tennessee, College of Architecture and Design
  • Photography: University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, Ken McCown
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Ecotect, FormZ, Rhino, Adobe Creative Suite


UNVEIL in Ordos, China by ///byn designed with AutoCAD and rendered with 3dsMax & Rhino V-RAY

Sunday, March 27th, 2011


UNVEIL is an office complex, part of ORDOS 20*10, the new financial district of Ordos [1,800,000m2] in the third planning growth of the DongSheng District, in the Northwest area of the City of Ordos. Ordos is the fastest economic grow city in Inner Mongolia. Ordos has 86752 square kilometers, 80 times Hong Kong’s size, the equivalent of two Swiss territory size-and its population of 1.5 million, only one-fifth of the population of Hong Kong. For this project, similar to the Ordos 100 project, the local government has decided to put together a large group of architects. Instead of being 100 foreigner architects, this time they reduced the list to the 20 best Chinese architecture practices and10 international ones with experience in mainland China. Some of the architects are: Preston Scott Cohen, Plasma Studio, Graft, MAD, Zhu Pei, MADA s.p.a.m. or Hailim Hsu & Nader Terhani.

Front View

  • Architect:///byn
  • Name of Project: UNVEIL
  • Location: Ordos, Mongolia, China
  • Collaborators: Segolene DUBERNET, GUO Dan, DUAN Jun, GUO ZhiChuan & LI Min
  • Environmental: Ove Arup, Shanghai
  • Rendering: ZhuJin
  • 3D printing: LTModel
  • Photography: ///byn
  • YEAR: 2010
  • STATUS: under construction
  • PROGRAM: office complex


  • 2D: AutoCAD
  • 3D: Rhinoceros (grasshopper plug-in)
  • 3D printing: STL
  • GRAPHICS: Adobe suite


Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma by Perkins+Will

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The Center for Urban Waters was envisioned by the City of Tacoma to be a beacon on the water and an example of using building and site sustainable strategies for all future projects in the City. The 51,000 sf, three-story building functions as a shared research facility for City of Tacoma and University of Washington Tacoma to receive and analyze water samples from the waterways of Tacoma and surrounding areas. The building program is comprised of laboratories, offices, conference rooms, a lunch room, an exhibit center, a customer service center at the lobby entrance, and related building services including a mooring facility on the Thea Foss Waterway. The building is sited to optimize views across the waterway toward the city and views toward Mt. Rainier, to maximize public open space, and to provide access to the shoreline esplanade and to on-site parking.

The Center for Urban Waters

  • Architects: Perkins+Will
  • Client: National Development Council and the City of Tacoma
  • Completion Date: 2010
  • Square Footage: 51,000 sf
  • Structural/Civil Engineer: AHBL, Inc.
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: WSP Flack + Kurtz
  • Lighting: WSP Flack + Kurtz
  • Landscape Architect: Swift &Company
  • Commissioning Agent: Rushing
  • Acoustical: Yantis
  • Cost Estimator: Davis Langdon Associates
  • Developer: Loring
  • Contractor: Turner Construction
  • Photographer: Benjamin Benschneider
  • Software: Revit BIM Software, Ecotect, Sketchup, Photoshop, Autocad


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