Another long week of school down, just four more until finals. Midterms are right around the corner, and deadlines are approaching quickly. Ahh MSOE, it’s never a dull moment when you’re involved.
Senior design is moving along; slowly but surely we’re piecing things together. This week, our goal is to get through the preliminary program for the client. Basically that means taking everything that they’ve told us so far, and putting it all together with research and other documents to make sure that we know what we’re doing going forward. My section of expertise is sustainability, so I’m taking on all the research regarding the LEED requirements of our building. For those of you unfamiliar to the architectural industry, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the standard for green building in the US. It’s basically a point system that evaluates how “green” a building is. The latest rating system has 110 points, and our building is trying to achieve LEED Platinum (the highest rating currently available), which means we need to get at least 80 points during design and construction. Few buildings have achieved LEED Platinum simply because it is so difficult to get the required amount of points, so we should have our work cut out for us.
Also, in the last week, we were assigned another site to design a building for. This is a smaller project, and will be done by the end of the quarter, but its going to be a crazy few weeks coming up. The project is a Live/Work building; one with a residential space and a retail/office space. It’s an interesting project, but when you add it on top of the other two buildings I’m responsible for, things can build up fast.
I’ve got a real estate test this week, plus the programming stuff for the three buildings, so it’s going to be a loooong week. On Friday, we’re going to tour the ManPower building, which got LEED Gold a few years ago. That should be fun, we’re taking a bunch of kids from USGBC Students, but it’s surviving until Friday that’s going to be the hard part…Can it be November now?