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Cody|Brock interns and new employees gain first hand insights into the latest architectural trends during a visit to AP+I Design

July 13, 2016

Continuing the hands-on education of our interns and new hires, Cody|Brock took an educational trip to AP+I Design in Mountain View. The “students” gained an in-depth understanding of AP+I’s extensive sustainable library, which provides designers and project managers with access to the most current styles, trends, industry standards and sustainable products. The group also learned about the Building Health Initiative and its focus on the use of green, sustainable materials rather than materials with Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).

Next, the team toured AP+I’s new office, a Net Zero building, which re-purposed many of the materials from the existing building, such as: planting beds using reclaimed wood from the past tenant’s sauna and an impressive reception area created with aggregate concrete removed from the exterior entry. Light-sensitive lighting fixtures automatically adjust based on light infiltration from skylights. Windows operate by remote or have an auto-tint feature, which adjusts with sunlight. A “Living Wall” forms the focal point for the office. Light-weight, energy-efficient ceiling fans throughout the space allow for ample air circulation, requiring less HVAC use, and the roof features 168 PV panels.

Finally, the team met with Kurt Krueger, Associate AIA, LEED AP, and 19-year AP+I veteran, to explore how architects and contractors work together throughout the design and building process. He explained the importance of establishing and maintaining relationships with clients, general contractors, and city jurisdictions and the benefits of attending meetings to ensure team and project cohesiveness. He described how advances in Building Information Modeling (BIM) software systems allow architects to use 3D modeling in their designs and in presentations to clients, then demonstrated how the software application, Revit, has features for architectural design, MEP and structural engineering, and construction. Lastly, he discussed current trends, such as an increase in the need for environmental design and the creation of “work and play” spaces, which include contemporary employee lounges and sustainable outdoor plazas.

 

 

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