Legacy Educational Project
Graduate Project
Fall 2019
Designed  and rendered in Revit 2019
post-production done in photoshop

Stormwater Runoff Calculation

             Project Description: 

          The studio project was linked with the AIA COTE Student Design Competition. Participating in an external design competition will offer an opportunity to experience one of the popular methods for proposing an architectural design idea to a broader audience. Architects play a crucial role in addressing both the causes and effects of climate change through the design of the built environment. Innovative design thinking is key to producing architecture that meets human needs for both function and delight, adapts to climate change projections, continues to support the health and well being of inhabitants despite natural and human-caused disasters, and minimizes contributions to further climate change through greenhouse gas emissions. Preparing today’s architecture students to envision and create a climate adaptive, resilient, and carbon-neutral future must be an essential component and driving force for design discourse.

     The Huey P. Long Fieldhouse building is currently abandoned on Louisiana State University’s campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is a 50,000sq/f space with two buildings separated by a central courtyard. Louisiana State University is in a hot/humid, subtropical climate so cooling is an integral part to building design. Baton Rouge is seated  along the Mississippi River so much of the area lies within a flood zone. Coupled with the amount of rainfall in the region, storm water runoff management is equally integral to building design.
   Since the 1960’s, corporations have been engaged in a discussion about corporate social responsibilities. More recently, a very limited number of universities worldwide have inserted themselves into that same discussion. These universities are beginning to question their social responsibilities and find ways to support the communities which they are directly adjacent to. I have identified the community LSU is directly adjacent to, analyzed our relationship with that community and used social analyses to develop a project which responds to LSU’s social responsibility in addition to its environmental responsibility.

     My project develops a social program which allows LSU to support its neighbor through subsidized commercial space, small business support, economic sustainability, and community integration. This space’s social program is supported by a supplemental architectural program and design which equally express these social ideas while addressing the environmental needs of the region and the globe.
    Because the most sustainable building is a building that already exists, I reused a lot of the original building, only redesigning the outer facades of the north and south buildings, re-purposing the central space from a pool to a water filtering wetland with an underground retention cistern, and creating an axis which bisects the space and connects LSU to their neigh-boring community. The redesign of the space manages 120% of storm water runoff and reuses it in various aspects of the building from gray water systems to radiant heating and cooling, allows for breath-ability and stacked ventilation, and cools the space with minimal mechanical systems.