Ty Stinson
Ty Stinson

Ty Stinson

Journal Entry For
Module 3 - Project Goals Targets & Strategies

Instead of designing a new building my main focus is going to be looking at an already existing building and seeing how this could be recreated in a new site. I have chosen the MahaNakhon Tower (from Bangkok, Thailand) to study its systems and how the systems flow together, and work along one another. This project was very complex and had an effect called "Pixilation" (which means creating an iconic form in which a 3D ribbon wraps around a building). This Tower represents "The Greater Metropolis", because the area in which it is in is overcrowded and the architect needed a way to solve overpopulation, but at the time, include large amounts of people to intervene and collaborate together. This was created through multiple different scenarios and views. The program of the tower has your typical features like a large parking garage, structural program, and the pixilation effect brings upper floors in contact with one another though balconies and cantilevered floors.

My main focus is to recreate the structural aspects of this tower through a different site and use the below design goals to help guide me in becoming a more knowledgeable BIM Manager. The new site I have chosen is New York City because it also has the same overpopulation constraint but also there is barely any land for me to build a design on. Therefore, I have chose to make a skyscraper. New York has different climate conditions than Bangkok, so I will be exploring the passive design strategies in order to have this skyscraper function.

These are some goals that I would like to try and focus my efforts on. A big part of being a BIM Manager is to not necessarily design a new type of building but to help others coordinate their projects for the better outcome of a more complex project. Modeling is an important part of most firms, but knowing how to manage modeling is a whole different skill. Once the skyscraper has been built I would like to focus my efforts on using Visibility Graphics and Revit links to show better views and learn some parametrics.

Goal 1: Sustainability - Green "Lighthouse Project" -- Example of holistic, integrated green design features to serve as inspiration for others

  • Measure:
    • LEED certification
    • Well building certification
  • Target Values:
    • Gold certification
  • Strategies:
    • Array of measures from the LEED Checklist
      • Rainwater
      • Open Space
        • Roof Terrace
        • Open Space at base
        • Sky garden levels
      • Energy
      • Views
      • Transportation and bikes
      • Parking

Goal 2: User Experience - Sense of Openness (Not Crowded)

Challenge: Crowded cities, lots of people, feeling crowdedness

  • Measure:
    • Density of people in building use
      • People per SF
    • Open space -- ceiling height
      • User Height - FT
        • Target Values:
          • >= 10 FT
    • Average space size
      • Area SF
        • Target Values:
          • 600 - 1400
    • % of Space with Window Views
      • 90%
    • % of Spaces with Access to Exterior Space
      • 25%
    • % of Livable Space Exterior
      • 10%
  • Strategies:
    • Increase actual space
      • Big dimensions -- Wide hallways and transitions spaces
      • Tall ceilings
    • Borrow Space
      • Borrowing the exterior space - lots of glass, lots of access to glass
      • Eroded Ribbon Cutouts for more exterior space and exterior views
      • Accessible exterior spaces
        • Balconies
        • Terraces
        • Roof gardens
        • Sky gardens
    • Materials create feeling of spaciousness
      • Glass
      • Light colors
      • Transparency
    • Minimal
      • Unclutter aesthetic
    • Green - open space

Goal 3: Sustainability - Minimize Building Energy Use >> Min Operating Cost, Min Carbon Impact

  • Measure:
    • EUI (Energy Use)
      • BTU/SF/YR
        • Target Values:
          • 15% Reduction relative to conventional building
          • 2030 recommended EUI reduction
    • Daylighting
      • % Area Natural Daylighting OK
  • Strategies:
    • Energy Efficient Façade
      • Parametric Façade Panels
    • Façade Max Daylighting Potential
      • Dynamic Façade Panels
    • Maximize Passive Energy Use
    • Maximize Natural Vent Use