Architectural Technology

The Home and Garden Show

Stop by our booth at the Home and Garden Show from February 27th through March 3rd!  Meet faculty and students from the program and learn more about the range of possibilities in at DCTC architectural technology degree.  For more info on the show visit http://homeandgardenshow.com/MHGS/EventsHome.aspx

REVIT – STUDENT WORK

After three short weeks, the Architectural Technology students have made extraordinary progress in Revit.  Revit is quickly becoming the industry standard for how buildings are designed and documented.  It is the most advanced and widely used BIM system in the world.  BIM, which stands for Building Information Modelling, is a major evolution from simple 2d CAD systems.  Rather than drawing lines, the building is virtually constructed using parametric 3D elements.  Each element contains dozens of parameters from material assemblies to physical dimensions to costs.  This allows for a fully dynamic, fully documented building to be created with ease and consistency.  Today, BIM models are used to develop the design of buildings by architects, engineers, surveyors and contractors all at the same time.  Models are even used to digitally fabricate building elements to make a paperless construction process possible.  And it can even be used to create highly accurate forms of visualization.  Here are some of the images from Dakota Branham, one of our students, produced after just 3 weeks of working in Revit.

INDEED!

A colleague of mine in the building world once told me that the best economic indicator of the building industry is the amount of jobs available in the architecture profession.  if he’s right, then the near future is bright.  To see the increasing wave of job opportunities for masters of CAD and Revit, like the graduates of our program, check out Indeed.

 

USGBC Student Group LEEDs the Way

Campus Sustainable Learning Center Focus of Regional Design Competition

2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competion | 1st place design: H. S. Well Design Group from the University of Wisconsin, Madison

2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition | 1st place design: H. S. Well Design Group from the University of Wisconsin–Madison

Formed in spring 2011 by students in the Architectural Technology program, the U.S. Green Building Council Student Group at Dakota County Technical College took a leading role in the 2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition, which featured the challenge of designing a Sustainable Learning Center on DCTC’s main campus in Rosemount, Minn. Former USGBC Student Group president, Mark Nicholson, and former vice president, Karen Malkowski, both Arch Tech students at the time, worked with a representative from the USGBC Minnesota Chapter, Caitlin Barta, who served as the 2012 design competition chair.

Former DCTC-USGBC Student Group Vice President Karen Malkowski & President Mark Nicholson

Former USGBC Student Group VP Karen Malkowski & President Mark Nicholson

A nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., USGBC boasts 77 chapters, 13,000 member organizations and 181,000 LEED Accredited Professionals all dedicated to developing cost-wise and energy-efficient buildings in the quest for a sustainable future. Green building principles provide environmental benefits and economic opportunities. According to USGBC data, building efficiently by following established LEED standards can meet 85 percent of future energy demands in the U.S. while generating a potential 2.5 million jobs. Standing for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system.

LEED description from the USGBC website:

“LEED — The most widely recognized and widely used green building program across the globe. LEED is certifying 1.6 million square feet of building space each day in more than 130 countries. LEED is a certification program for buildings, homes and communities that guides the design, construction, operations and maintenance. Today, nearly 50,000 projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 8.9 billion square feet of construction space.”

Jennifer Brundell, chair of the 2013 Natural Talent Design Competition, reported that the event, which is hosted by the USGBC Minnesota Emerging Professionals Committee, helps facilitate green-building collaborations that unite aspiring architects and designers with the USGBC MN Chapter and professional community. Current students and graduates up to two years out of college are eligible to compete.

“The design competition provides an applied learning experience in the principles of integrated design, sustainability and social consciousness, exposing competitors to the critical thinking and teamwork necessary for successful projects,” said Brundell, who also serves as the USGBC Minnesota Emerging Professionals chair-elect. “This competition is an amazing way for students and young professionals to showcase their talent and expertise while working with others toward a common goal. The ultimate purpose of the competition, in addition to providing great networking and design experience, is to use winning designs as a model for a future project.”

2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition | 1st place design: K + Y Design from the University of Minnesota

2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition | 2nd place design: K + Y Design from the University of Minnesota

Brundell went on to say that seven teams participated in the 2012 Natural Talent Design Competition. Teams designed a Sustainable Learning Center on the DCTC main campus that could achieve USGBC LEED Platinum, the highest level of certification.

“The focus of this project was to design a working demonstration of an innovative low water use, net zero energy, zero waste and zero emissions building,” Brundell said. “Teams had the option to work in tandem with mentors throughout the USGBC Minnesota Chapter. Projects were judged by experienced professionals in the sustainable field.” Brundell noted that the competition attracted outstanding submissions, which were later showcased to hundreds of professionals during a breakfast at the IMPACT 2012 Conference.”

Architectural Technology Instructor Beverly Claybrook served on the competition’s judging panel. Claybrook is also the faculty advisor for the college’s USGBC Student Group. As a LEED Accredited Professional with the specialty Building Design + Construction, or LEED AP BD+C, she recognizes the importance of green best practices in the design, construction and technology fields.

“Clients and employers in the architecture and interior design industries are looking for graduates who have more than just a passing acquaintance with sustainability,” Claybrook said. “They are expecting our graduates to have a solid understanding of green building materials and techniques. We emphasize green in our program, which is why many of our students are earning their LEED Green Associate credential before they graduate. The USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition was the ideal way for students and emerging professionals to not only spotlight what they’re learned, but to also help integrate sustainable building principles in the flow of mainstream thinking.”

2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition | 2nd place design: Jellyfish from Cuningham Group Architecture

2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition | 3rd place design: Jellyfish from Cuningham Group Architecture

Katharine Huus and Anne Farniok, instructors in the college’s Interior Design program, are both LEED AP. Huus and Farniok served as mentors for the two DCTC teams participating in the competition, The Green Girls and Dynamic DCTC Designers. The instructors took mentorship to the next level by introducing the competition as part of their program’s summer curriculum. The resulting class, Sustainable Building Systems and Regulations, combined theory and facts in the design of an actual space. Farniok’s instruction explored a studio focus with Huus teaching the tenets of the LEED rating system.

Matt Brooks, a Landscape Horticulture instructor and landscape architect, advised the DCTC teams as well,” Huus said. “My husband, Mark Huus, a licensed architect with Amcon Construction, also served in a mentoring role.”

Farniok noted that both teams presented their designs to Terry Olsen, AIA, CSI, LEED AP BD+C, a TKDA project architect and project manager, at the TKDA offices in St. Paul. “Presenting their designs under real-world, professional conditions was a great experience for our students,” Farniok said.

Jennifer Brundell added that the 2013 Natural Talent Design Competition will take on designing an addition to a local school as part of Green Schools Coalition plans to share the classroom of the future and fundamentally change the way Minnesota students learn about the world around them.

“We have chosen a great site host with an intriguing focus for this competition,” said Brundell. “We should have no trouble attracting participants for a project of this caliber.”

2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition

DCTC and members of USGBC MN approached the Sustainable Learning Center competitive design process with the goal to use winning designs as a model for a future project.

2012 winners:

Site Plan

Site Plan

Site Plan

Other participating teams:
For more information about the USGBC Minnesota Chapter, USGBC Minnesota Emerging Professionals and the 2013 Natural Talent Design Competition, contact:
  • Jennifer Brundell LEED Green Associate 2013 Natural Talent Design Competition Chair USGBC MN Emerging Professionals Chair-Elect 320-815-1241
For more information about Architectural Technology and the USGBC Student Chapter at DCTC, contact:
  • Beverly Claybrook Architectural Technology Instructor USGBC Student Group Advisor 651-423-8306

Another Student Project

Here are two interior views of the beautiful home designed by Colleen Tejano this semester.

Colleen Tejano

Colleen Tejano

Target Field Scores a Green Bull’s-Eye

Arch Tech and Interior Design Students Visit LEED Silver Sports Facility

Accompanied by faculty members, Beverly Claybrook and Anne Farniok, students from the Architectural Technology and Interior Design programs at Dakota County Technical College took a three-hour Environment and Sustainability Tour of Target Field Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. The students, who also belong to the college’s U.S. Green Building Council student chapter, were interested in learning more about why Target Field is one of the most environmentally sophisticated facilities in the Twin Cities.

Target Field Tour

DCTC students and faculty at Target Field

Baseball and sustainability are on the same team at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins and, at one time, the greenest ballpark in Major League Baseball. Target Field’s LEED Silver Certification for New Construction ranks second in greenness in a league with 30 stadiums. Only Miami’s Marlins Park, which earned LEED Gold in 2012, ekes out a narrow lead. The Twins and Target Field went on to become the first professional sports franchise to also attain LEED Silver Certification for Green Operations and Maintenance.

Puckett Atrium at Target Field

Puckett Atrium at Target Field

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the flagship program of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), an international nonprofit “committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.” LEED rating systems provide a framework, both practical and measurable, for the design, construction and operation of green buildings, homes, neighborhoods and even botanical gardens.

The third-party verification process works on a points system. For example, Target Field earned LEED Silver with 36 points while Marlins Park earned Gold with 40. The latter certification took place under a newly revised rating system. With sustainability concepts becoming more and more embedded in public awareness, LEED-certified buildings are emerging as the rule and not the exception, especially for high-profile projects such as Target Field.

Target Field Tour

Kristin Anderson | Target Field Maven and Augsburg College Art History Professor

Kristin Anderson is an Augsburg College art history professor who also works for the Twins organization. A baseball buff and sustainability aficionada, she gave a LEED presentation as a prelude to the tour. Anderson is a go-to expert on the architecture of the Twin Cities. She did her doctoral dissertation on the H. H. H. Metrodome.

“LEED certifications set the standard for sustainable design, and in the sports industry it is now common—even expected—that new buildings will participate in the certification program,” Anderson said. “The process serves as both a guide to good practice as well as a reward and recognition program for buildings that achieve a high level of sustainability.”

During her presentation, Anderson noted how Target Field’s owners were committed to achieving LEED certification from the outset. Selecting the most practical LEED points to pursue was left to the architects. Many factors surrounding the immense project (construction costs were $581 million in 2012 dollars) were evaluated and given the green light for their feasibility and relevance to LEED, including:

  • Energy use reduction: Achieved through high efficiency field lighting, interior lighting and heating/cooling and ventilation equipment
  • Target Field TourWater use reduction: Achieved through water-saving fixtures such as low-flow urinals and dual-flush toilets as well as a specially designed rain water filter system used to capture runoff, filter it and use it both to wash down the seating bowl and for irrigation
  • Game day recycling: Recyclable collection points stationed conveniently around Target Field will keep an estimated 400 cubic yards of material over the course of a three-game home stand from going to landfills
  • Public transportation access: Target Field was built to include a public transportation hub where commuter and light rail lines terminate, adjacent to a major bus hub as well as access by bike riders and pedestrians
  • Recycled materials: More than 30 percent of all installed materials are made up of recycled content including the canopy structure, masonry blocks, carpet and the foul poles
  • Local materials: Locally sourced materials were used to limit energy costs related to shipping and also stimulated the local economy
  • Construction waste: In an effort to reduce the impact on local landfills, more than 70 percent of the waste generated through the construction of Target Field was recycled or reused
    • This included all concrete, wood, cardboard, metals and paper
(Information courtesy of Mortenson Construction)

Anderson pointed out that Target Field has led the way in achieving green milestones for high-visibility projects. “Not only is it a beautiful ballpark and a great place to watch baseball,” she said. “Target Field is a national model of sustainability design and operations in sports facilities.”

Target Field Tour

Twins Representative Nick “Scoop” Walsh leading DCTC group through Herb Carneal Press Box on Target Field tour

Twins Representative Nick “Scoop” Walsh gave a comprehensive tour of the facility that included visits to the Metropolitan Club, the visiting team locker room, the Thomson Reuters Champions Club, the Herb Carneal Press Box, the Delta SKY360° Legends Club, which features the Puckett, Carew and 573 atria, the latter named for Harmon Killebrew’s career homer stat, and the ball field itself, which was covered by a protective tarp.

Architectural Technology Instructor Beverly Claybrook serves as faculty advisor for the college’s USGBC student chapter, which is open to students in any of DCTC’s 50+ academic programs. Claybrook is a LEED Accredited Professional with the specialty Building Design + Construction, or LEED AP BD+C. She recognizes the importance of green best practices not only in the design, construction and technology fields, but also in modern society across the board.

“Clients and employers in the architecture and interior design industries are looking for graduates who have more than just a passing acquaintance with sustainability,” Claybrook said. “They are expecting our graduates to have a solid understanding of green building materials and techniques. We emphasize green in our program, which is why many of our students are earning their LEED Green Associate credential before they graduate.”

Thomson Reuters Champions Club

Thomson Reuters Champions Club

Anne Farniok, an Interior Design Instructor, is also LEED AP (as is the program’s director, Katharine Huus). Farniok regards the Target Field tour as a great opportunity for students to encounter firsthand a beautifully designed space where highly effective green processes are at work in the real world.

“I am impressed by the meticulous way Target Field approaches sustainability,” Farniok said. “Green runs deep in the facility with every aspect of design and operations thought out in exceptional detail.”

Farniok added that one of her key jobs as an instructor and designer is to increase public understanding regarding how green design and practices can mesh seamlessly with everyday life. Her students are on the same path.

Penny Schilling, president of the USGBC student chapter at the college, thought the Target Field trip was a fantastic learning experience. “I really like what Kristin Anderson said about how sports brings people together from all walks of life,” said Schilling, an Interior Design student scheduled to graduate in May 2013. “What better way to showcase green ideas in practice than at a premier sports facility like Target Field?”

Schilling has chosen to focus on sustainability in her career as an interior designer. She is already on target to earn her LEED Green Associate credential. Trips like the one her USGBC chapter took to Target Field are a highlight of her educational journey.

“All of us can learn something about green just by visiting the ballpark,” she said. “and then take home what we learned and apply it in our own lives.”

For more information about Architectural Technology and the USGBC Student Chapter at DCTC, contact:
  • Beverly Claybrook Architectural Technology Instructor USGBC Student Chapter Advisor 651-423-8306
For more information about Interior Design at DCTC, contact:
  • Katharine Huus Interior Design Program Director and Instructor 651-423-8456
  • Anne Farniok Interior Design Instructor 651-423-8414

More Student Projects

The final projects are rolling in and the students should feel very proud of what they have accomplished in one semester.

Here are two very different interior views from the student-designed houses. In his, Chris Engleby has given us a fun glimpse of his man cave. On the other hand,Yuan Carmichael has highlighted her sophisticated setting for a dinner party. Very nice work, Chris and Yuan!

Chris Engelby

Yuan Carmichael

Student Projects

The semester is winding down and the first-year students are wrapping up their first semester in the program.  I’m dying to show off their work, so as their final projects come in, I will post samples.  It is really fun to see how far the students have come in just one semester and the different styles they have already developed.

Here are two really cool 3d models; a cut-away model by Michael (Micah) Garrity and a dream-like interior by Gabriel (Gabe) Hartog  Way to go, Micah and Gabe!

Michael (Micah) Garrity

Gabriel (Gabe) Hartog

 

The Expanding Job Bank

Two years ago, the AIA Minnesota Job Bank was virtually empty.  Today, new jobs are being posted daily.  Keep up with the growing profession at AIA Minnesota.  And check out the live job bank here:

http://aia-mn.org/int_careers/job-bank/index.cfm?fuseaction=displayjobs

Future High-Speed Rail Between Rochester and Minneapolis

Zip Rail

 

Zip Rail