POST 116 – PERSONAL STORIES OF AN ARCHITECT’S JOURNEY

JA World Huizenga Center, Broward College Construction Process

The 59,000 SF facility includes space for two 10,000 SF identical areas for the 5th grade “Biztown” programs and one 20,000 SF space for the 8th grade “Finance Park” program. It serves more than 50,000 students each year. There are extensive training rooms for the staff, volunteers and public events in addition to the Hall of Fame, administrative and auxiliary functions. The Biztown “streetscape interior” required a youthful fun environment which was created by Daddona Studios. The project was designed in close cooperation with the Stiles construction management team. The structural system incorporated a Tilt-wall design. Hirsch was the prime professional providing comprehensive architectural services through the design and construction process.

Lesson Leaned: Great projects are created by inspired teams.

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Residential Community Timeless Appeal

Each community has its own identity that the residents call home

How to design a classic look that is durable. The entrance to the residential community of Les Jardin in Boca Raton has very unique walls. There are several ways to create a “molding” appearance but the highest quality and most distinctive was to have the concrete block custom designed and manufactured with the profile as part of the mold.

Lesson Learned: The initial cost can be justified knowing it will last for more than 200 years.

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Low profile office building

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Design Creativity Occurs When Unusual Requirements Exist

It’s magic when a three story building looks like a two story building

Boca Grove Office Building was a challenging design problem. How to create a three story building that would fit in with the surrounding residential community. Solution was to slope the parking area half way up the first floor so that you go down 7 steps to the entrance of the first level. The third floor was incorporated into the roof profile with only the windows visible in the roof profile.

Lesson Learned: Creativity comes from an unusual set of requirements. Embrace the challenge.

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Design Defines Your Quality of Life

A good designer can make it look spectacular on any budget

Architects and Interior Designers have a keen sense of esthetics. Design is really just good proportion, good composition and good details. The style is simply the personal preference of the person that will live in the space. New styles are created by mixing historical elements in a fresh way. This gazebo is an example of the architect responding to the home owners personality.

Lesson Learned: The designer must push the limits of existing design to create a new product that is appreciated but never seen before.

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The Seasons Clubhouse Invites the Residents to a Better Lifestyle

Maintain the character, impress family and friends

Residential communities often have clubhouses with a range of activities for the residents. One of the most popular features is the fitness center and if there is none, eventually the residents vote to pay for the addition. The architects challenge is to design the new space so that it maintains the character of the original facility and enhances the overall impact of the community amenity.

Lesson Learned: The architect must listen closely to the vision of the residents.

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Taiwan Royal Country Club was Attracted to US Design

International architectural design styles have spread around the world

Developers from other countries tour US facilities to search for desirable features and success stories. A Taiwan golf development company was introduced to a Hirsch New Jersey country club design and retained the firm to master plan its grand clubhouse. An important aspect of the task was to incorporate the US esthetic trends and building code standards. Golf is a sport the transcends cultural differences.

Lesson Learned:

Playing 18 holes of golf can contribute to world peace.

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