Detailed Podcast every project has a story Detailed Podcast every project has a story

Architectural podcast to help you tackle your next detail.

Along the process of design and construction, incredible stories of conflict and triumph emerge in pursuit of the broad vision for a building. Detailed is a series that features architects, engineers, builders, and manufacturers who share their insight and expertise as they highlight some of the most complex, interesting, and oddest building conditions that they have encountered, and the ingenuity it took to solve them. Join host, Cherise Lakeside, aka CSI Kraken, a Senior Specification Writer at RDH Building Science, as she uncovers lessons learned to help you navigate similar challenges that may arise in your next project.

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54m 02s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Scott Crawford, Partner, and Hanna Kato, Associate from LMN Architects in Seattle.

They discuss the Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion in Seattle, Washington.

Projected to open in the summer 2024, the Ocean Pavilion will be a one-of-a-kind facility, integrating a complex building program into Seattle’s waterfront and dynamic urban context.

LMN and the Aquarium’s mission focuses on conservation of the marine environment and steering the aquarium experience toward a perspective that embraces the science of ecology, social engagement, and the cultural aspects of our relationship to the global ocean.

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49m 08s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by the two founders of La Union Studio in Seattle, WA, Sergio Max Legon-Talamoni, Director of Design and Culture, and Sonia-Lynn Abenojar, Director of Creativity. They discuss two projects - the Baja Bistro and CheBogz - adjacent restaurants located in the Beacon Hill area of Seattle.

The beloved family-owned, neighborhood institutions Baja Bistro and CheBogz reopened in the heart of Beacon Hill after enduring challenges of displacement and the hardships of the pandemic.

Today they sit side-by-side and once again offer their own traditional and authentic cuisines, with vibrant and colorful spaces that reflect their Baja California and Filipino roots.

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39m 22s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Sarah Kennedy, AIA, Associate, and Michael Kehl, AIA, LEED - Associate Principal at SCB based in Chicago with offices also in San Francisco, Boston, and Seattle. They discuss the design of the visionary multifamily housing project “Woolsey Gardens” in South Berkeley, CA.

The Woolsey Gardens’ goal is to act as a replicable, sustainable, and financeable alternative for future affordable housing developments located on small, infill parcels.

To achieve this, the project will feature 100% permanently affordable units, 100% ownership units, Zero Net Energy sustainability, community-centered spaces as well as mass timber construction and LEED Platinum certification.

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21m 24s

In this bonus episode, we share a LIVE conversation from the 2023 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington D.C.

Cherise is joined by Sheeladitya Karmakar, Director Product Management at Honeywell Sustainable Buildings. Sheeladitya discusses Honeywell's commitment to sustainability. He emphasizes the global impact of buildings, which contribute to 37-38% of carbon emissions and consume 34% of the world's energy. He introduces Honeywell's Sustainability Plus for Buildings platform, featuring modules for carbon and energy management, as well as power and demand management. The platform caters to diverse needs, from Chief Sustainability Officers to portfolio owners, providing an end-to-end solution for enhancing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.

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20m 37s

In this bonus episode, we share a LIVE conversation from the 2023 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington D.C.

Cherise is joined by Michael Saunders, National Sales Manager - Commercial & Municipal Systems at Orenco Systems. With 30 years of experience in wastewater collection and treatment, Mike discusses the valuable insights gained from conferences and the importance of cross-industry conversations.

Mike highlights how Orenco Systems focuses on clean water and contributes to sustainability by addressing the void left by large-scale wastewater management. He highlights the company's commitment to providing advanced solutions for unique settings, such as resorts in pristine environments, emphasizing their impact on the environment over their 42-year history.

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18m 38s

In this bonus episode, we share a LIVE conversation from the 2023 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington D.C.

Cherise is joined by Chanda Littlefield and Chris Motto from Nakamoto Forestry, both passionate about sustainable practices in forestry and carpentry. Nakamoto's focus on sustainable forest management in Japan, with an emphasis on thinning rather than clear-cutting, is highlighted. Chanda and Chris discuss Nakamoto's commitment to creating healthier buildings through non-toxic finishes, particularly in their use of the Shou Sugi Ban, or Yakisugi process. The Yakisugi method not only enhances wood durability but also makes it resistant to insects, termites, and extends its lifespan to approximately 100 years. The conversation sheds light on Nakamoto's comprehensive approach to sustainability in the forestry industry.

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15m 49s

In this bonus episode, we share a LIVE conversation from the 2023 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington D.C.

Cherise is joined by Joe Rebori, Manager of Inquiries at BioMicrobics. Joe discusses BioMicrobics' role in wastewater treatment, stormwater treatment, and water reuse applications. The conversation emphasizes BioMicrobics' commitment to sustainability, net zero, and energy efficiency in decentralized applications. Joe explains their approach to simplicity in product design, focusing on ease of understanding, operation, and installation. A wine industry case study illustrates how BioMicrobics treated winery wastewater for reuse in irrigation, promoting sustainability.

The conversation also touches on the handling of solid matter in wastewater treatment and the challenges of managing solid waste in onsite systems.

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1h 26m 04s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Susan Bliss, FCSI, CDT, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP, SCIP – Principal, Specifier and Owner and Michael Lockwood, CSI, CDT Director of Operations, Senior Project Manager and Specifier both from Spec Services, LLC in Farmers Branch, Texas.

This episode is a little different from our typical format. We’re bringing you another one of our popular deep dives into the importance of specifications in successful projects!

We discuss the role of spec writers, the challenges faced, and the need for proper training and mentoring in the industry. We also highlight important considerations and best practices for spec writing.

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26m 45s

In this bonus episode, we share a LIVE conversation from the 2023 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington D.C.

Cherise is joined by Neal Lojek, Senior Sales Marketing Consultant, Business Development at Armatherm Thermal Bridging Solutions. Neal discusses the evolution of the construction industry towards net zero and Green building standards. The conversation highlights the uneven understanding of thermal bridging in the architecture and construction fields. Neal explains Armatherm's role in managing thermal bridging, focusing on structural connections and transitions.

He also shares a case study of the Sendero Verde Project in Harlem illustrates how Armatherm's products contributed to overcoming thermal bridging challenges.

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40m 54s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Maxwell Jarosz, Founding Principal of Daft Büro Architecture in Miami and Noam Dvir, Principal and Co-founder of BoND in New York. They discuss the PatBO flagship boutique retail store within the Design District in Miami, FL.

More than just a store; this space transforms the shopping experience into a work of art.

The scope is a tenant improvement of 2,700 square feet over two floors, including cutting through the existing concrete slab to install a feature stair.

The exterior was also modified to create visible separation from the adjacent stores.

In addition, faced with a challenging timeline – from design contract to opening for a major launch event – the space was turned over in about 10 months!

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20m 57s

In this bonus episode, we share a LIVE conversation from the 2023 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington D.C.

Cherise is joined by Edith Gawler, Marketing Manager at TimberHP by GO Lab. Edith explores Timber HP's role as the first U.S. producer of fiber insulation, providing an affordable and accessible solution for high-performance buildings. She emphasizes the company's commitment to addressing both embodied and operational carbon, differentiating their products from conventional options dominating the market. The conversation highlights challenges of bringing innovations to the U.S. market and Timber HP's strategic use of abundant wood resources in Maine. Edith also shares insights from a compelling case study showcasing the benefits of their wood fiber insulation in all-wood construction assemblies.

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51m 11s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Sarah Cantine, Architect, Senior Associate at Scott Edwards Architecture. They discuss the Oregon Humane Society’s “New Road Ahead” project in Portland, Oregon.

Adjacent to OHS’s existing shelter, the project expands their Portland campus from one building to three, and bolsters the organization’s national leadership ability in animal welfare.

The 71,100-sf expansion comprises two buildings: one houses the Community Veterinary Hospital and the Animal Crimes Forensics Center, only the second of its kind in the nation, and the building includes a Behavior Modification and Rescue Center.

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15m 54s

In this bonus episode, we share a LIVE conversation from the 2023 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington D.C.

Cherise is joined by Jill Heidorf, National Sales Manager for Architects and Consultants at Polyguard Products. Jill explains Polyguard's commitment to sustainability and its role in controlling water, improving indoor air quality, using superior materials, and conserving energy. She shares a case study involving a Corps of Engineers project in Louisville, Kentucky, highlighting Polyguard's TERM products and their multifaceted solution, contributing to sustainability and meeting LEED requirements.

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1h 00m 50s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by David Koel, Principal-in-Charge at Cushing Terrell and Shawn Pauly, Project Architect at Cushing Terrell. They discuss the Flathead Valley Community College, Paul D. Wachholz College Center in Kalispell, Montana.

The Wachholz College Center is a 67,000-square-foot facility that combines two distinct venues into one stunning building on the Flathead Valley Community College campus.

The goal of the project was to meld two programs that are usually separate - performing arts and athletics - into one grand facility. This required the delivery of superior acoustic performance as well as acoustic separation of the different programs, while connecting the two in a natural, harmonious manner.

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31m 53s

In this bonus episode, we share a LIVE conversation from the 2023 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington D.C.

Cherise is joined by Mark Fusco, Global Director of Architectural Sales at Bison Innovative Products. Discover how Bison contributes to sustainability through their pedestal paver system made with recycled content. Mark shares insights into utilizing rapidly renewable materials like bamboo tiles, addressing fire safety, and managing forests in South America responsibly.

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31m 53s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Chris Brown and Brent Linden, Principals and Co-founders of Linden, Brown Architecture. They discuss Sequitur Winery in Newberg, Oregon.

Originally a dairy farm, a 7,500-sf barn at the heart of an unused farm in the Willamette Valley, has been transformed into a cathedral for winemaking.

The project included 11,000 sf of new structures for wine production support and hospitality spaces. As for the original heavy timber barn, it required seismic retrofitting, so to preserve the original structure, it was lifted 3-feet to make way for the new foundation!

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20m 12s

In this bonus episode, we share a LIVE conversation from the 2023 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington D.C.

Cherise is joined by Brittany Storm, Sustainability Manager at MAPEI. Discover MAPEI's commitment to minimizing environmental impact and promoting healthier buildings, as Brittany discusses the dynamic evolution of sustainability trends, including a focus on carbon reduction. Gain valuable insights from the case study of a LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge project, showcasing the company's dedication to creating a greener and more sustainable future.

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32m 53s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Nicole Blair, Owner of Nicole Blair, LLC in Austin, Texas. They discuss The Hive located in Central East Austin, Texas.

The Hive is a 550 sf Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) situated behind a primary residence.

To meet City of Austin’s pervious cover requirements, the maximum footprint that was allowed on this 6500 sf residential lot was on 320 sf!

To accommodate a one-bedroom dwelling, walls creatively tilt from the slab, hugging building setback planes and an angled utility easement at the back of the property, to add volume and opportunities for more square footage where needed - evoking the shape of a beehive.

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25m 43s

In this bonus episode, we share a LIVE conversation from the 2023 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington D.C.

Cherise is joined by Dr. Neall Digert, Vice President of Innovation at Kingspan Light + Air, North America - parent company of Solatube International.

They explore the nexus of innovation and sustainability in building science. Neall highlights the company's unwavering commitment to sustainability. As the leading manufacturer of tubular daylighting devices (TDDs) and highly advanced daylighting solutions, Neall explains how daylight can be effectively harvested and applied to virtually any room or building space anywhere in the world. The episode features compelling case studies, an insightful conversation on sustainable building practices, and benefits of innovative solutions.

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45m 36s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by William Mandara Jr., AIA, CEO & Co-Owner at Mancini Duffy, Joseph R. Levi, Project Manager from Pavarini McGovern, and J. Benjamin Alper, PE, SE, Principal at Severud Associates Consulting Engineers. They discuss TSX Broadway in New York City.

At 550,000 total square feet, this is the largest project in Mancini Duffy’s 100+-year-old history, and they have been working on it for SEVEN years!

Developed by L&L Holding Company in partnership with Fortress Investment Group, the $2.5 billion, 46-story mixed-use building is an extensive redevelopment of an existing building located at 1568 Broadway, in the heart of Times Square.

The vision behind TSX was to create an entertainment ecosystem which consists of galleries, a one of kind outdoor stage that cantilevers out into Times Square, a 150-seat backstage venue, the historic Palace Theatre, a hospitality lounge that features the largest terrace in Times Square, an expansive wraparound exterior LED screen that provides the largest signage opportunity in Times Square, a 669-key hotel with unobstructed views of Times Square, and exclusive entertainment suites.

The challenge? To make way for up to 75,000 square feet of new flagship-ready retail space, the Palace Theatre had to be raised 30 feet into the air!

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41m 20s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Danny MacNelly and Adam Ruffin, both Partners at ARCHITECTUREFIRM, a collaboration of architects and designers in Brooklyn, New York and Richmond, Virginia. They discuss the Arts & Letters Creative Co. World Headquarters in Richmond, Virginia.

The project scope consisted of an extensive renovation to a 20,000-square-foot brick complex, previously used by Lucky Strike Tobacco power plant. Two of the plant’s buildings were stitched together while conserving most of the existing walls, windows, skylights, tile, and concrete slabs.

What sets this project apart is its embodiment of the "keep it simple" philosophy. The team prioritized straightforward and functional solutions, avoiding over complication and focusing on the fundamental logic behind their designs.

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55m 46s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Gina Chang, AIA, EDAC and Fabian Kremkus, AIA, LEED GA, both Principals at CO Architects. They discuss UCI Health – Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, California.

The episode also features, Brian Pratt, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Design and Construction Services and Campus Architect at the University of California, Irvine who provides unique insight from the client perspective.

UCI Health – Irvine Medical Center is the country's first all-electric hospital. The new campus includes a 144-bed, 350,000-square-foot hospital, comprising an emergency department, inpatient bed services, operating rooms, pre/post observation beds, inpatient imaging and support services.

A 220,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center will offer outpatient surgery and procedure rooms, diagnostic and imaging services, oncology treatment and infusion facilities, clinical exam rooms, a pharmacy, and support services.

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40m 50s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by JP Emery, Principal, Ankrom Moisan Architects. They discuss Aegis Living Lake Union, an Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Seattle, Washington.

Aegis Living Lake Union is a 73,000 sq. ft., 6-story assisted living community that boasts 77 units and is the first assisted living community built to meet Living Building Challenge 3.1 Petal Certification.

Inspired by the historic rowing clubs and culture of the area, the exterior exhibits natural cedar siding and rough brick. The surrounding landscaping has been thoughtfully curated to consider biodiversity and rainfall.

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40m 58s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Amy Donohue, Principal, Bora Architecture & Interiors. They discuss the Oregon State University, Learning Innovation Center in Corvallis, Oregon.

The 126,000 sf OSU Learning Innovation Center (LINC), completed in 2015, was envisioned as a new general-purpose classroom building that would address the University’s increased enrollment and boost graduation and retention rates.

Upending traditional learning environments, the design championed active, engaged learning spaces, including an “in the round” lecture hall design inspired by Bora’s deep performing arts portfolio that went on to serve as a prototype for classroom design nationwide.

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35m 04s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Joseph G. Tattoni, FAIA, Principal at Ikon.5 Architects. They discuss the Mori Hosseini Student Union at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Inspired by the gracefulness of birds in flight, the Mori Hosseini Student Union at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an expression of the University’s mission to teach the science, practice, and business of aviation and aerospace.

A curving bowed roof on top of the structure not only provides solar shading from the harsh Floridian sun, but also invokes sinuous avian forms. Vertical, exposed struts convey a feather-like quality and are functionally the structural members that tie down the curved roof form from wind uplift, particularly, for hurricane resistance. Internally, an exposed 200-foot curving steel arch bisects the middle of the plan and supports a glass roof above, allowing the students of aviation the ability to look skyward while inside.

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36m 54s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Andrew Burke, Principal at Soderstrom Architects. They discuss the George Fox University (GFU), Medical Sciences Building in Newberg, Oregon.

The George Fox University Medical Sciences Building is a three-story, 42,000 sq. ft. off-campus hub for the Physical Therapy and Physician’s Associate graduate programs of George Fox University.

A large arched window and canopy give the main entry prominence and distinction while the rest of the building is adorned with simple, well-proportioned windows. The exterior envelope utilizes three varieties of brick veneer to create visual interest, pattern, and texture. The corners are accented by brick quoins.

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33m 15s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Brett Baba, Principal/Founder at Graham Baba Architects, based in Seattle Washington. They discuss the Washington Fruit & Produce headquarters, in Yakima Washington.

Washington Fruit & Produce headquarters is a 16,500 square foot commercial office/headquarters that serves as a refuge from the company's surrounding 90 acres of industrial agribusiness landscape.

Inspired by an abandoned wood barn, the building aesthetic is largely driven by the glulam beams and an impressive glass façade. The expressed structural frame of laminated wood buttresses creates a column-free interior, faced in floor-to-ceiling glass the nestles the staff within curated views of natural landscape.

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51m 06s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Clayton Taylor, AIA, NCARB, IIDA – Architect and Co-Founder/Partner at West of West Architecture and Design in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California. They discuss Eastbound in Austin, Texas.

Eastbound is a 220,000 square foot office campus in Austin, Texas. The campus consists of two four-story buildings that form a central pedestrian courtyard and a host of amenities to inspire innovation and collaboration.

The upper levels express the expansive open office spaces, and the façade is adorned with a rational grid of precast concrete panels. At the ground level, the lobbies, restaurant, lounge, and lush courtyard of the buildings are enhanced by a majestic colonnade of forest-like canted columns that create a public space sheltered beneath a wood-clad ceiling.

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41m 15s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Jill Traylor, Principal/Director of Interior Design and Tyler Guidroz, Associate/Architect at EskewDumezRipple with offices in New Orleans, Louisiana and Washington D.C. They discuss the Center of Developing Entrepreneurs (CODE) in Charlottesville, Virginia.

CODE is a new mixed-use project in Downtown Charlottesville comprised of a new public plaza for the historic pedestrian mall and 215,000 sf of multi-use space, including a strategic combination of coworking, office space, shared amenities, and retail.

The building was envisioned as a new public forum and collision space - a new version of Charlottesville - where individuals across demographics might meet in pursuit of a better future. The exterior was inspired by the brick cladding and punched window openings of the historic buildings that surround the building. The façade boasts a modern rainscreen that offers high levels of insulation and thermal performance.

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38m 00s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Scott Specht, Founding Partner of Specht Architects. They discuss the New American House in Austin, Texas.

This house began as a personal conceptual project - something that wasn’t really intended to be built, but a “paper project” that was a comment on the dysfunctional nature of suburban and low-scale urban housing that is currently built in the US, as well as a comment on the changing social qualities of neighborhoods and increased desire for security and privacy.

The New American House is windowless (to the exterior), with rooms that face a series of interior private courtyards. It’s based on ancient / Roman house models but incorporates provisions for the increased personal privacy and comfort that we expect in a house today.

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12m 18s

In this bonus episode, we share a conversation from our live podcasting event at the 2023 AIA Conference on Architecture in San Francisco, California.

Cherise is joined by Lou Fineberg, National Advocacy Accounts Manager at Dero.

They discuss how Dero Bike Racks has been revolutionizing bike parking for the past 30 years, addressing the growing demand for secure and convenient bike infrastructure. They explore their innovative solutions, including smart bike racks, theft prevention measures, charging stations, and the importance of designing bike rooms with ample space for maneuverability. Lou also shares valuable insights on creating a bike-friendly city and maintaining bicycle maintenance stations for public use.

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48m 48s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Ben Waechter, Principal Architect and Alexis Coir, Project Manager both from Waechter Architecture in Portland, Oregon. They discuss Mississippi Workshop in Portland, Oregon.

Mississippi Workshop is a mixed-use, mass timber building located on a prominent commercial avenue in Portland. The project was designed, developed, and built by Waechter Architecture as a proving ground for sustainable building systems and ‘all-wood’ construction technologies, and as a forum for new creative conversations.

Mississippi is the first commercial project in Oregon to use mass timber for all components of the building’s structure and spatial definition. Other than an exterior ‘rain jacket’ of weathering steel and radiant concrete flooring, all surfaces within the building are exposed wood without the need for additional finishes or fireproofing.

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12m 59s

In this bonus episode, we share a conversation from our live podcasting event at the 2023 AIA Conference on Architecture in San Francisco, California.

Cherise is joined by Kevin Twyford, Director of Commercial Fireproofing at Carboline, a global manufacturer of coatings, linings, and fireproofing products.

They discuss exciting developments in the world of fireproofing and Kevin shares valuable insights into the challenges faced by design professionals and construction teams.

You’ll also learn about Carboline’s innovative fire testing facility and their commitment to sustainability.

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36m 45s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Mikkel Hermann Sørensen, Partner and Architect at Christensen & Co (or CCO) in Copenhagen, Denmark. They discuss Learning Center Nærheden in Høje-Taastrup, Denmark.

The Learning Centre is the first public school in Denmark based on 21st Century Learning Skills - also known as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics).

The city had an overall vision for “The Learning Center.” The goal was to create a place that prepare children for the changing society of the future, where they must, among other things, contribute to a more sustainable world.

The building includes an integrated daycare, a sports hall, and cultural facilities for the surrounding community. The concept was to design a building that doubled as a pallet for children to learn and play. The overall structure was created as a grid, which can integrate a number of elements and functional requirements, without compromising the overall architectural concept.

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13m 13s

In this bonus episode, we share a conversation from our live podcasting event at the 2023 AIA Conference on Architecture in San Francisco, California.

Cherise is joined by Chris Kann, Product Manager of Specialty Products and Sustainability at Carlisle Construction Materials.

They discuss the latest innovations and sustainability initiatives at Carlisle, including their revolutionary Rapid Lock system that uses Velcro to simplify roof installation.

You’ll also gain insights into improving specifications and construction practices, from adapting specs to project needs to ensuring qualified installers and incorporating recycling programs for a more sustainable future in the roofing industry.

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39m 38s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Mark Husser, Partner at Grimshaw in New York, with offices also in Los Angeles, London, Paris, Dubai, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. They discuss the Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal A in Newark, New Jersey.

The new Terminal A at the Newark Liberty International Airport is the centerpiece of an airport-wide renaissance.

The next phase of Newark Liberty’s transformation will be developed through the EWR VISION PLAN, a comprehensive development strategy through 2065 to accommodate future growth, identify opportunities for enhancing sustainability and resiliency, and improve travel experience of Newark Liberty International Airport.

The $2.7 billion Terminal Redevelopment Program to modernize and replace Terminal A includes four main elements:

- Redesigned roadways with 8 new bridges,
- 140 acres of airfield paving,
- A 2700-space public parking facility,
- And the new 1,000,000 sq. ft., 33-gate Terminal A building.

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12m 53s

In this bonus episode, we share a conversation from our live podcasting event at the 2023 AIA Conference on Architecture in San Francisco, California.

Cherise is joined by Joe Calsada, National Accounts Manager with Nucor, a leading steel products company.

They have a stimulating conversation about the importance of collaboration and communication between manufacturers and design teams in the construction industry.

Joe emphasizes the need for early involvement and clear specifications to ensure efficient and successful projects. He also highlights Nucor's focus on sustainability and their plans for growth as they strive to be innovators in the field.

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13m 6s

In this bonus episode, we share a conversation from our live podcasting event at the 2023 AIA Conference on Architecture in San Francisco, California.

Cherise is joined by Sebastian Williams, Inside Sales Manager at Cladiator.

They dive into the world of rain screen façade solutions discussing how Cladiator's thermally isolated cladding support systems address the challenges of thermal bridging in the building envelope.

Sebastian shares insights on reducing penetrations and improving moisture management through their unique fiberglass ziggurat system, offering an optimal environment for your rain screen system.

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13m 21s

In this bonus episode, we share a conversation from our live podcasting event at the 2023 AIA Conference on Architecture in San Francisco, California.

Cherise is joined by Allana Helland, Senior Director of Marketing at GAF Energy.

They discuss how GAF Energy aims to make residential solar more accessible by providing options beyond traditional solar panels. Allana explains how they have revolutionized the industry by integrating roofing and solar into a single product, the challenges of residential solar adoption, the benefits of an all-in-one system, and the future of sustainable energy solutions.

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41m 03s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Heather Salisbury, Director of Operations and Steve Droll, Principal at Valerio Dewalt Train, with offices in Chicago, Denver, Palo Alto, and San Francisco. They discuss The Broadview at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Broadview is a remarkable student housing complex for the graduate students at Vanderbilt University. This architectural masterpiece was meticulously designed to cultivate a vibrant and collaborative community.

We highlight unique building features, how the Prescient system - a cutting-edge prefabricated construction method - was utilized to accelerate the building's construction while maintaining exceptional quality, challenges they encountered during the project's development, and the pursuit of LEED Gold accreditation.

Like all projects, this one also had unique challenges and opportunities:
- Dealing with complex site conditions, including Nashville's bedrock,
- Managing an aggressive construction schedule while maintaining high-quality standards,
- Utilizing the Prescient system as an innovative and efficient construction method,
and much more!

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21m 04s

In this bonus episode, we share a conversation from our live podcasting event at the 2023 AIA Conference on Architecture in San Francisco, California.

Cherise is joined by Adrienne Reitz, Director of Marketing, and Justin Evans, Vice President of Marketing with Clopay, a leading manufacturer of garage doors and rolling steels in North America. They discuss the latest products and trends in the industry. Discover how Clopay's offerings meet building codes, enhance aesthetics, and address specific needs like school safety. Learn valuable insights on designing and specifying garage doors effectively. Whether you're an architect or simply curious, this episode reveals the innovative world of garage doors and Clopay's commitment to excellence.

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40m 41s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Mark Odom, Founding Principal at Mark Odom Studio in Austin, Texas. They discuss "The Pitch" in Austin, Texas.

The Pitch is Austin’s distinct hospitality and entertainment complex for Austin FC soccer fans and the community. The mixed-use complex comprises 23 repurposed shipping containers of two standard container modular sizes: 8x20 and 8x40 foot. The containers are stacked to create two stories and then clustered into five separate building pods, with varying building square footages, that function differently for the users while creating a dense visual and physical experience and view onto the landscape.

Dive deep into the challenges and opportunities they encountered along the way. From early explorations of container construction to blending containers with the landscape, the team sought to create a space that would draw people in. With a focus on brand, identity, and user experience, they transformed containers into food vendors, retail spaces, co-working areas, and more. Learn how the project pushed the limits of shipping containers while maintaining their structural integrity and capturing the essence of the container aesthetic.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:
- Navigating a new method of construction for the developer, architect, and building department.
- Overcoming spatial limitations and finding ways to make the containers comfortable and functional.
- Creating an immersive and unique experience for visitors by reimagining the use of containers.
- and much more!

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53m 59s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Joseph Sarafian, AIA, co-founder and CEO and Ron Culver, AIA, co-founder and COO of Form Found Design, a Los Angeles-based architecture and design studio that operates at the intersection of technology and nature. They discuss Home of Hope, located in Yerevan, Armenia.

Homes of Hope is an inspiring initiative by the Armenian Relief and Development Association (ARDA) that replaces shanty homes in Armenia with resilient houses. Form Found Design's alternative approach using light gauge steel technology and the FrameCAD Machine revolutionized construction speed and efficiency.

Hear about the global collaboration of consultants from Melbourne, Bucharest, Yerevan, Costa Mesa, and Los Angeles supporting ARDA's mission. Cross-cultural innovation thrives as Orange Coast College Architecture students collaborate with their Armenian counterparts.

Experience the rapid construction of a 720-square-foot home framed in just three days using light-gauge steel. Completed in June 2023, these homes provide safety and dignity while promoting energy independence through photovoltaic arrays and solar hot water heating.

Like all projects, this project had its unique challenges and opportunities:
- light gauge steel technology through the FrameCAD machine offered an opportunity to revolutionize the housing construction process, enabling rapid design, production, and efficient construction techniques,
- international design/build effort required effective communication, cultural understanding, and logistical coordination,
- photovoltaic arrays and solar hot water heating systems provided an opportunity to foster energy independence and promote sustainable practices,
- and much more!

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2h 15m 47s

In this bonus episode, we share day 2 from our live podcasting event at the 2023 AIA Conference on Architecture in San Francisco, California.

Cherise joins the ARCAT team and our friends at Gābl Media on the expo floor of A’23.
Two of the three ladies from She Builds podcast, Jessica Rogers and Lizi Raar, speak with Sara Kolata, from Disrupt Magazine and Disrupt Symposium. They have an insightful conversation about women in leadership in the AEC industry.

Nakita Reed, host of Tangible Remnants, speaks with John Templeton who explores a hidden history of California including contributions of African Americans to the state, untold stories of black billionaires, black women warriors, and the extensive Afro-American Freedom Trail.

Cherise has another round of illuminating conversations to find out what you need to know about various building products:
- Carlisle, a leading supplier of innovative Building Envelope products and solutions,
- Carboline, a global manufacturer of coatings, linings, and fireproofing products,
- and Dero, a bike parking products manufacturer.

Closing out day 2, Dimitrius, host of SPACES podcast, is joined by Patrick Chopson, co-founder and Chief Product Officer of cove.tool, a web-based software for carbon energy cost analysis in architecture and engineering. They discuss the state of the climate and how the financial risk is now spurring sustainability efforts.

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49m 33s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Paul Tang, Founding Principal and Courtenay Bauer, Principal from Verse Design LA, with independently operated offices in Los Angeles and Shanghai. They discuss Thirty75 Tech in Santa Clara, California.

Thirty75 Tech is an iconic office building in Santa Clara, California. Listen to VDLA's ingenious approach as they optimize the building's leasable square footage, increasing monthly rent without significant cost escalation.

Inspired by the "digital rain" concept from the Matrix films, VDLA transforms the façade into a three-dimensional wonder, featuring prefabricated modules with aluminum louvers. Embark on this captivating audio journey to uncover the fusion of artistry, technology, and architectural excellence in Thirty75 Tech.

Like all projects, this one had its unique challenges and opportunities:
- maximizing the leasable square footage within the given site constraints while keeping building costs in check,
- opportunity to showcase creativity and innovative design skills with the project context and constraints,
- challenge of seamlessly integrating "digital rain" sunshade concept into the overall structure.
and much more!

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2h 32m 45s

In this bonus episode, we share our live podcasting event at the 2023 AIA Conference on Architecture in San Francisco, California. Cherise joins the ARCAT team and our friends at Gābl Media on the expo floor of A’23.

Kari Sebern, structural engineer, and host of the podcast Unstruct, has a conversation with Nanawall.

Cherise has insightful discussions to find out what you need to know about various building products:
- Clopay, a garage door manufacturer,
- GAF Energy, who combines solar roofing options through the national network of GAF-certified roofers.
- CLADIATOR is a manufacturer of thermally isolated structural cladding attachment systems. Their mission is to accelerate the advancement of smart building design & construction by providing unique and cleverly engineered systems.
- and Nucor, a leading steel products company.

Rounding out the day, Mark R. LePage, founder of EntreArchitect, and Jeff Echols, host of Context & Clarity and Build Your Brand podcasts examine community building through the lens of the story behind Context & Clarity’s creation.

To kick off the Day, co-founders of Gābl Media, Mark R. LePage and Dimitrius Lynch open the day of recording and have a chat with Cherise about Detailed!

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36m 39s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Brent Grubb, Principal at Skylab Architecture in Portland, Oregon. They discuss Sideyard, a five-story, 20,000 sf mixed-use building in Portland, Oregon.

A leftover berm space was created when the City of Portland constructed a new one-way Couch Street couplet, reconnecting the roadway to the Burnside Bridge. Skylab and Key Development reimagined this small 9,000 sf lot as a new development and proposed a new building concept exclusively focused on pedestrian, bicycle and public transit access called Sideyard.

The design approach for Sideyard was to create a working class building with restaurants, shops, bars and creative office space above. The unusual wedge-shaped site was structured utilizing a prefabricated CLT framework with cast-in-place concrete cores. Within the concrete cores, new mass ply stairways were assembled as both fire escape and floor-to-floor access paths.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:
- a 9,000 sf, unusual wedge-shaped site that was considered to have no value, innovative use of mass ply for egress stairs,
- utilizing a prefabricated CLT framework to reduce cost and schedule, and address limited site access for construction, - and much more!

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42m 32s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Calli Verkamp, Principal at Wheeler Kearns Architects in Chicago, Illinois.

Calli shares her insights into working on the Momentary, a one-of-a-kind contemporary arts experience that is creatively repurposed from a 70-year-old decommissioned Kraft Foods Plant.

The project transforms a patchwork of concrete and masonry buildings into a fluid arts experience using interventions of glass and steel for both transparency and distinction from existing structures. A frit pattern, inspired from ceremonial weaving designed by a local Osage artist, is superimposed onto the new glass elements to pay homage to the site’s history as Osage hunting land.

Inside, the Momentary contrasts traditional art museums, which strive to offer its curators blank walls and neutral spaces in which to present art. Where a traditional art museum relies on formality, the Momentary is casual and flexible, overlapping social and culinary activities with art spaces to champion contemporary art’s role in everyday life.

Like all projects, this one had its unique challenges and opportunities:
- creatively adapting to and working around the utilities of an existing manufacturing plant,
- applying glass fritting in a novel way,
- the challenge of reimaging existing spaces for unintended uses,
- and much more!

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31m 00s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Steven Holl, Principal at Steven Holl Architects, an internationally recognized architecture and urban design office with locations in the Hudson Valley, New York, and Beijing.

Steven shares his insight into working on the REACH, the first major expansion of the Kennedy Center. The 72,000 sf addition provides much-needed rehearsal, education, and flexible indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing the Kennedy Center to continue to be a leader in artistic, cultural, and enrichment opportunities.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:
- a subterranean design concept faced technical challenges with existing public utilities,
- converting an existing parking lot into a green space for the community,
- the development of an innovative crinkled concrete texture that integrated acoustical qualities within the concrete walls,
- and much more!

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1h 13m 57s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Cam Featherstonhaugh, Senior Associate at TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design in Burlington, Vermont.

They discuss the unique characteristics of the Winooski Schools Complex in the Winooski School District in Vermont. Winooski is the state's only majority-minority district and has a diverse population due to its history as a refugee resettlement area. TruexCullins worked closely with the community, including teachers, administrators, and translators, to understand the school's needs and craft guiding principles for the design process. The resulting project aims to revitalize the existing school complex, accommodate the growing student population, and create a welcoming and inclusive learning environment.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:
- an inclusive planning process that allowed for diverse perspectives to be considered and incorporated into the design, ensuring that the resulting school complex reflects the needs of the community.
- financial constraints required creative solutions and difficult decision-making and prioritization.
- the existing complex received multiple additions over sixty years, creating a challenge to tie the differing structures together.
- and much more!

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59m 27s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Chris O’Hara, PE – Founding Principal of Studio NYL and Façade Director at the Skins Group and Bradford J. Prestbo, FAIA, Director of Boston Office of Studio NYL.

This episode will be different from the stories that we typically share. Chris O'Hara and Bradford J. Prestbo are two professionals who have extensive experience in fast-tracking building projects. This conversation delves into the challenges faced by design professionals in meeting project schedules while maintaining accuracy.

Chris and Brad share their insights and experiences working on fast-tracked projects and discuss novel approaches they have developed to streamline workflows without compromising quality. They explore the role of emerging technologies such as machine learning, computational design, and 3D printing in transforming the building industry. The discussion highlights the potential game changers that will shape the way we work in architecture and construction over the next decade. Listeners can expect to gain valuable knowledge and perspectives on navigating complex building conditions and embracing innovation in the industry.

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37m 32s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by James Scott Brew, Associate Architect, Komatsu Yoshiaki, Director Landscape Architect, and Inoue Mizuki, Acoustic Engineer from NIKKEN SEKKEI, an architectural, planning and engineering firm from Japan, with headquarters in Chiyoda, Tokyo.

The team shares their insights into working on the JR Kumamoto Railway Station Building, Kumamoto, Japan. The 12-story building, plus a basement, is built on a site area of 19,946 ㎡, structurally cast in steel reinforced concrete, reaching a height of 55m. It is a mixed use building with restaurants, retail establishments, a wedding venue, and a multiplex-mimicked theatre on the eighth floor. But its biophilic interior is the centerpiece of the building.

Recently recognized for the International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) ‘Stephen Kellert Biophilic Design Award,’ the JR Kumamoto Railway Station Building features a large indoor garden of water, waterfalls and greenery that extends from the ground to the seventh floor.
This project had unique challenges and opportunities:

- analyzing daylighting conditions to appropriate locate landscape within the building,
- replicating a natural waterfall while mitigating its noise for occupant comfort,
- creating a beacon of hope and a symbol of recovery and rebuilding for the people of Japan after a devastating earthquake significantly damaged the area,
- and much more!

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28m 46s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Zardasht Aziz, Architect at ZAKAA Architecture in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq.

Zardasht shares his insights into working on the Bakrajo House in Sulaymaniyah-Kurdistan Region, Iraq. The five-bedroom home features a series of curved walls on its front façade, forming alcoves that define the outer shell of the home.

ZAKAA endeavored to make an architectural statement with the façade. The unique sculptural form of the house emerged from an intense effort to deviate from the typical design of homes in this city.

There was also a focus to create privacy for the family. Neighbor facing windows were reduced and arranged to minimize or conceal them from view. ZAKAA introduced alcoves and a rear court to let light and air penetrate the house in different directions.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:
creating privacy within a narrow lot and minimal separation from neighbors,
getting buy-off on a design that was atypical to the surrounding homes,
demonstrating new potential for design and construction in the region,
and much more!

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29m 15s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Christopher Lee, Senior Principal and Managing Director-EMEA at Populous in London.

Chris has worked around the world for major international sports clients and designed over 30 stadia on five continents. These projects include the main Stadium for the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000; Europe’s first moving roof stadium the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales; the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal Football Club; and Aviva Stadium the Irish National Soccer in Dublin, Ireland.

Chris shares his insights into working on Estadio BBVA in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Inspired by the region’s history of brewing and steel manufacturing, the stadium’s self-supported tri-podal structure is sculptural in the Monterrey skyline.

A natural ventilation system allows air to flow in via ‘gills’ in the façade, ventilating the stadium and keeping spectators and players cool and comfortable.

The cantilevered roof, which is a vast structure of 55 meters, also guarantees the utmost comfort and shade within the stadium. Its dramatic asymmetric sweeping form pays homage to the famous Cerro de la Silla Mountain, which frames the roof of the stadium.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:
incorporating passive solutions for sustainability,
identifying materials that were suitable for the complex form,
opportunity to infuse culture and the surrounding context into the design,
and much more!

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58m 15s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Jeffrey Murphy, Partner and Zach Poole, Senior Associate from Murphy Burnham & Buttrick, or MBB, Architects in New York City.

Jeff and Zach share their insights into restoring and renovating Trinity Church Wall Street at 89 Broadway, New York. The church is a designated historic landmark, built in 1846. This was the first large-scale renovation of the church in 60 years.

MBB’s mandate was to enhance and refocus the church’s role as a house of worship and a performing arts space. MBB balanced historic preservation techniques with modern infrastructure and accessibility requirements.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:
Integrating modern infrastructure and technology into the historic context,
discovering hidden architectural elements during demo,
meticulous coordination with an extensive consultant team,
and much more!

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25m 18s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Jake Patton, Principal at KSA Design Studio in Culver City, California. Jake’s passion is to design sustainable spaces which enhance the built environment, respect site history and culture, and that provide an aesthetic vision, which inspires and enriches lives.

Jake shares his insights into working on The Water Garden in Santa Monica California. KSA Design Studio transformed an iconic office park famous for its massive artificial lake into a drought tolerant, sustainable outdoor space with a design that refreshes and reactivates the site, improving its aesthetics through thoughtful garden rooms and a winding river walk while increasing its functionality.

Saving more than 2.5 million gallons of water annually, KSA’s design turned a notorious water guzzler into a drought tolerant park. The potable water use for landscape irrigation was cut by 100%, a major contributing factor in the award of LEED Gold Certification for the overall project.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:
redirecting half of the existing water on site,
developing a new landscape on top of an existing subterranean parking structure,
stringent requirements to meet LEED standards,
and much more!

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36m 41s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Bob Carbaugh, AIA, Project Architect at Scott Edwards Architecture, LLP in Portland, Oregon. Bob is keenly interested in the integration of story and identity into architecture and interiors. He works frequently in the hospitality sector with restaurant and brewery clients across the nation.

Bob shares his insights into working on the Steeplejack Brewery & Taproom located in Hillsboro, Oregon. Built in a vast industrial warehouse space, the 16,500 sf production brewery and taproom faced the challenge of how to architecturally re-interpret their brand identity and humanize the warehouse scale in a meaningful way.

The focal point of the building is the brewery itself, on center stage and axially aligned to the front entry doors, so that when you walk in you feel immediately immersed in the brewery. SEA coordinated closely with the system designers to keep things clean and organized so that the tanks stood out. Larger tanks stack behind the smaller ones, and their placement splays outward toward the entry to create a sense of drama and forced perspective.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:
re-interpreting the identity of restored a 110+ year old church to an open warehouse,
navigating jurisdiction requirements to install an indoor food cart,
access to a supply of reclaimed wood,
and much more!

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56m 55s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa, both Principal Architects at Brooks + Scarpa. Angie Brooks is co-principal and a leader in the field of environmental and social-equity design. Larry Scarpa, co-principal, has garnered international acclaim for the creative use of conventional materials in unique and unexpected ways.

Angie and Larry share insights into their work on the 2022 AIA Gold Medal winning project, The SIX, an affordable housing project in Los Angeles California. The 52-unit building provides a home, support services and rehabilitation for previously homeless and/or disabled veterans.

Offering shelter and comfort, The SIX breaks the prescriptive mold of the traditional shelter by creating public and private "zones" in which private space is deemphasized, in favor of large public areas. Surrounded by four levels of housing units with balconies wrapped with a wood screen made from recycled planking, a courtyard located on the second level has large openings with green roofs that visually connect the space to the street on the lower level beyond. This allows the tenants to enjoy a secured open space while still connecting to the larger community.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:
challenging jurisdictional processes,
stringent code and policy requirements,
valuable client and resident input that better informed a thoughtful design,
and much more!

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52m 16s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by William Paxson of Davis Brody Bond and Richard Maimon of KieranTimberlake. Will Paxson is a partner at Davis Brody Bond and leads the design of the firm’s technologically complex academic projects, exploring innovations that encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and interaction. Richard Maimon is a partner at KieranTimberlake and collaborates across disciplines to achieve the integration and consensus needed to address some of architecture’s most urgent issues.

Richard and Will share insights into their work on the John A. Paulson Center at NYU in New York. The architectural team of Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake worked with NYU on the new 735,000-square-foot mixed-use academic building.

The building sets a new paradigm for multi-use facilities at NYU, optimizing interactions between diverse student groups and academic disciplines. The Paulson Center includes classrooms, informal study spaces, performing arts theaters, rehearsal and practice rooms, varsity sports facilities, a recreational gymnasium, and a café, as well as faculty and first-year student housing.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:
strict zoning requirements,
developing cohesive and clear circulation for such a diverse use of space,
unique façade design that takes advantage of the 360-degree relationship to the community,
and much more!

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45m 53s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Colley Hodges, Sustainability Manager at the Houston Zoo. He has more than a decade of experience in architecture and sustainability, having directed the sustainability program for one of the largest design firms in Texas before joining the Zoo.

Colley now leads the sustainability program for the Houston Zoo and participates in the planning and design of its master plan projects. In this episode he shares his insights into the Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands and Cypress Circle Café.

The Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands and Cypress Circle Café won top honors for excellence in exhibit design from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2021.

Designed by SHR Studios (exhibit) and Lake/Flato Architects (architecture), the new roughly 28,000 sf exhibit features three previously threatened iconic species native to Texas - bald eagles, whooping cranes, and American alligators - and the 11,500 sf restaurant integrated into the exhibit, Cypress Circle Café, is one of the only Green Restaurant Association certified restaurants in Houston.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:
carefully selected sustainable materials,
developing a complex life support system for the exhibits,
using the wetlands to manage the campus’ stormwater through extensive aquatic and riparian plantings,
and much more!

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29m 15s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Christopher Rawlins, an architect and the Principal of Rawlins Design, an award-winning architecture and interiors practice based in New York City. He authored the critically acclaimed Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction, and is the founder of Pines Modern, a non-profit preservation initiative. Chris shares his experience restoring two mid-century homes in Fire Island Pines, New York.

The homes, “Beach Hill Walk House” and the “A Chat with Harry Bates House,” which was named as one of the top 10 houses of 2022 by Wallpaper, were designed by notable architects in the 1960’s.

Each home was in a dilapidated state when Chris was approached by the Owners. Both are studies in how to faithfully restore midcentury architecture, while incorporating resiliency and contemporary creature comforts.

These projects had unique challenges and opportunities:

  • stringent zoning codes,
  • careful material selection to accommodate local climate and conditions,
  • limited transportation and access added complexity to construction,
  • and much more!

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48m 32s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Michael Schroeder, Partner at SGA. He spearheads the firm’s Virtual Design and Construction arm, which he has led the growth and development of since 2014. Michael shares his experience working on The Kraft Group Office Project at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. This addition to the existing Stadium is the first phase of a new, multipurpose building designed by SGA for the New England Patriots, International Forest Products and their parent owners, the Kraft Group. The four-story, 120,000-square-foot facility was designed to work with the stadium’s original architecture and interior building flow. Incredibly, this project was designed, built, and fully operational in just one year!

This project had unique challenges and opportunities - a hyper speed to market schedule requirement, the complexity of working with an existing structure, the use of proprietary management tools to aid in coordination and efficient delivery, and much more.

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37m 42s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Maribel Barba, AIA, project architect and manager in the Seattle office of the global architecture and design firm MG2. Maribel shares her experience working on Costco in Santa Fe, Mexico. Built on a landfill, Costco Santa Fe is a 524,549 square foot building with its massive warehouse, parking structure, and loading bays, yet is almost completely hidden from public view.

This Costco, which also includes a large green roof with 10 varieties of native plants and grasses and 15 insect hotels, was designed to meld into the neighborhood and serve the community. A pedestrian bridge and walking/running path connect the newly finished sports fields and courts to the nearby Parque Mexicana, seamlessly integrating the new facility with the park’s urban green space.

This project has unique challenges and opportunities - the expansive green roof system that required multiple different waterproofing treatments, green screen were utilized to get fresh air into the building, the project incorporated an on-site water treatment plant and extensive water collection, leak detection, and purification systems, and much more.

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44m 04s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Mary Burnham, Founding Partner, and Sara Grant, Partner, from Murphy Burnham & Buttrick or “MBB” Architects in New York City. Mary and Sara share their experience working on the Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan. To meet the growing needs of one of the largest Jewish congregations in North America, MBB crafted a comprehensive plan for the Park Avenue Synagogue that transformed it from a place focused on worship into an educational and community hub.

This 6-story, 65,500-square-foot building renovation focused on creating welcoming community spaces for this vibrant and growing congregation to gather. Redesigned circulation includes a glassy stair off the lobby with materials and detailing that are consistent with the stair MBB recently designed for Park Avenue Synagogue’s Center for Lifelong Learning at 89th Street. Similar details include a vertical niche housing an installation of historic stained glassed windows created by the American artist Adolf Gottlieb for Park Avenue Synagogue during the 1950s. The installation creates a visual connection to Park Avenue Synagogue’s new, recently completed building and honors the synagogue’s rich history.

This project has unique challenges and opportunities - a compressed 18 month design and construction schedule, there were periods of occupancy for service during construction, the adaptive reuse of the existing building inspired a design that honors the synagogue’s rich history, and much more.

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48m 54s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Ray Dovell, AIA, Founding Partner and Erica Gaswirth, AIA, Senior Associate at PBDW Architects in New York City. Ray and Erica share their experience working on The Cooke School & Institute in New York City. The new Cooke School is an uplifting design that elevates the experience of the special-needs students who call it home.

With abundant glazing and colored glass, the school is a bright and vibrant addition to the neighborhood. Channel glass lining the first floor illuminates the pavement during the evenings while providing privacy to the interior spaces. Evocative bay windows break down the long façade into a more human scale. They were sculpted in multiple directions to create visual interest and movement across the façade. The projection creates reading alcoves in the classrooms, furnished with millwork benches. Perched in the bay, students have open views, where they can feel like they are floating above the busy street below.

This project has unique challenges and opportunities - a unique program called for instructional spaces that are specific to Cooke’s pedagogy, unforeseen soil conditions required a complete redesign of the foundation during construction, standardized classrooms created efficiency for cost and construction, and much more.

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37m 00s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Aaron Neubert, FAIA, Founder and Principal at ANX with offices in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Aaron shares his experience working on The Bunker in Studio City, California. Originally Hanna-Barbera Productions’ studio, the project is an adaptive-reuse transformation for a rising film production company’s headquarters.

The client, expressing great respect to the original tenant, desired an environment where ideas could be easily exchanged and accommodated private office and essential creative content workspaces. ANX’s solution exposed the roof trusses, and the masonry block walls within the communal spaces, while introducing sound isolated private offices around the perimeter. Within the communal spaces, they created numerous co-working and socialization zones, expanding the “domestic” nature of the space.

Chris Boadle, VP Project Development at Reaume Richardson shares his insights from a contractor's perspective.

This project has unique challenges and opportunities - a client directive to provide a space that was open and flooded with light yet private and hidden from the public, complexities of working within the limitations of an existing building, micro skylights were utilized to minimize the need for structural modifications, and much more.

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34m 51s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Wayne Turett, RA, LEED Green Associate, Principal and Founder of The Turett Collaborative or “TTC” in New York City. Wayne shares his experience designing, managing the construction, and living in his own passive house.

After three-years of researching, sketching and planning, Wayne decided to embark upon the mission of creating and living in a Passive Home. His dream was realized as a highly energy efficient home that fuses his modern aesthetic with an historic barn exterior, more in keeping with the village of Greenport, NY on the North Fork of Long Island.

This project has unique challenges and opportunities - the initial modern aesthetic had to be redesigned after finding out there were historic district regulations, managing the construction process reduced cost and provided greater understanding of the process to advise future clients, local contractor's lack of familiarity with passive house construction methods and materials added complexity to the construction and management process, and much more.

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31m 20s

In this episode, Cherise continues the conversation with Steve Clem, Senior Vice President Project Planning at Skanska USA Building. Steve shares his experience as the contractor on "TCORE," the PDX airport Terminal Core redevelopment project, in Portland, Oregon. The project, which is under construction at the time of this recording, is a complete reimagining of the main terminal building including comprehensive changes to ticketing, security and concessions.

As a reminder, the new roofing system over the entire terminal core complex will span six football fields and showcase a wood and glass roof that fills the airport with light. In part two of this conversation, Steve highlights how the team moved the large sections of prefabricated roof, the installation process, and much more!

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31m 20s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Steve Clem, Senior Vice President Project Planning at Skanska USA Building. Steve shares his experience as the contractor on TCORE, the PDX airport Terminal Core redevelopment project, in Portland, Oregon. The project, which is under construction at the time of this recording, is a complete reimagining of the main terminal building including comprehensive changes to ticketing, security and concessions.

The new roofing system over the entire terminal core complex will span six football fields and showcase a wood and glass roof that fills the airport with light. The building is designed for peak sustainability with daylighting, optimized mechanical components, and an efficient envelope—but it also extends the concept of sustainability to the seven-year project’s potential to have a positive impact on helping sustain the local economy.

This project has unique challenges and opportunities - the construction is on a fully operational and occupied building that is only closed for a few hours overnight, prefabrication near the site was key to work within limited project site construction hours, the team has to acquire a temporary certificate of occupancy EVERYDAY during the roof assembly in order for the airport to be operational the next morning, and much more.

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40m 40s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Christian Giordano, President & Co-owner at Mancini Duffy and Jessica Sheridan, AIA, Principal at Mancini Duffy. Christian and Jessica share insights into their experience as architect of record for The Tin Building, 96 South Street in New York City, New York, designed by SHoP Architects. Set under the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, the two-story building offers an unexpected array of culinary experiences designed to delight and engage the senses –including multiple restaurants with open kitchens, innovative retail concepts, and an impeccably stocked central market.

Originally built in 1907 as the center of the Fulton Fish Market, the Tin Building is a landmarked structure within a landmarked neighborhood. Mancini, as architect of record, facilitated the move of the building 33 feet to the east—disassembling the historic structure and reassembling it at its new location—while also elevating it 6 feet so it would be above the 100-year flood plain.

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - raising and relocating a 100+ year old historic building, the challenge of equally highlighting both historic and new architectural elements, coordinating extensive kitchen mechanical systems to provide a thoughtful and aesthetically pleasing design of rooftop equipment and penetrations, and much more.

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40m 42s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Brian Kenworthy, Design Principal at ZGF Architects based in ZGF’s Los Angeles office. Brian shares insights into his work on the California Science Center, Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center in Los Angeles, California. As the permanent home of Endeavour—one of America’s most priceless artifacts—California Science Center’s 200,000 SF Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center will be a symbol of American ingenuity and its renowned legacy of space exploration.

Characterized by a curvilinear design of exterior forms clad in stainless steel, the new addition’s architectural expression is inspired by the aerodynamic, fluid geometry of the Endeavour’s fuselage, cockpit, wings, and vertical stabilizer. The primary structure will be three stories, while the shuttle gallery will rise six stories—peaking at 200 feet - to accommodate the height of the Endeavour in launch position. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

Amie Nulman, Associate Principal of Building Structures at ARUP, Los Angeles, provides additional insight as the lead structural engineer and project manager on the project.

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - a fragile artifact to build around, a flexible warehouse intended to host a variety of extreme displays, engineering expertise across decades and disciplines, and much more.

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36m 26s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by William H. Fain, Jr., FAIA, Partner at Johnson Fain. Bill shares insights into his work on the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City, OK. The building is a 175,000-square-foot museum, including 4,000-square-foot FAM Center; 280-acre campus along the Oklahoma River.

The concept for the museum, which honors 39 tribes in Oklahoma today, is a spiral that begins in the earth and ascends to the heavens. It is composed of two arcs: the western arc featuring permanent and rotating exhibitions and the northern arc that houses theaters, retail, dining, and other services necessary in modern museums. A 110 foot tall prismatic glass structure called the Hall of The People serves as both a starting point for visitors and a central gathering space. Its form is inspired by a Wichita grass lodge, and it features 10 26-inch diameter columns to represent the 10 miles per day that native people were forced to walk during the expulsion from their lands. Three sky terraces ( Moon, Stars) set back within the building envelopes offer views of the Oklahoma River and Downtown Oklahoma City. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - through complexities in funding and politics the project took 25 years to complete, several local construction projects needed to deposit 400,000 cubic yards of red earth which created the spiral mound that became the central element of the master plan, the entire project was designed to align with the cardinal directions and serve as a cosmological clock, and much more.

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40m 57s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Kourtney Strong, AIA, CSI, CDT – Associate Principal from LSW Architects in Vancouver Washington. Kourtney shares insights into her work on the Mountain View High School Replacement in Vancouver, Washington. The design for Mt. View High School’s new 275,000 sf building prioritizes visibility, safety, and student empowerment.

To serve and consider all student needs and teaching/learning modalities, the building includes a rich variety of spatial typologies and environments. The intent is to create learning options that invite and empower students to participate and collaborate with one another and extend this across all spaces. With such a large campus, a key objective was to make the school’s multifaceted learning environments visible and accessible to students. The goal was to build a sense of unity and personalization to the school by breaking its scale down into connected areas. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

Ali Abbaszadegan, Senior Project Manager, AIA, ASLA at R&C Management Group LLC, provides additional insight from the owner's representative and project management perspective.

Trevor Wyckoff, Vice President – Account Manager at Skanska USA Building Inc., shares his expertise to illustrate some of the unique elements that his team executed on the project, including tilt-up concrete walls and a checkered pattern polished concrete floor.

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - early team integration provided scheduling and coordination benefits, with students actively occupying site construction had added complexity, an early suggestion from the GC to implement tilt up concrete walls provided significant schedule and labor benefits, and much more.

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44m 56s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by James Sink, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA, Design Principal and Nicholas Casolari, AIA, Senior Project Manager, both with HMC Architects in Ontario, California. James and Nicholas share their insights into their work on California State University, Fullerton Residence Halls in Fullerton, California. The $99.1 million dollar, 185,505 SF housing project leverages building mass and landscape to create an insulated community to serve 600 sophomores and juniors and provides diverse spaces that will support a wide variety of programmed and unexpected experiences.

While the building functions as a single unit, its exterior massing is read as three distinct wings. Two northern wings and a single southern wing are connected by a bridge at each upper level, acting as a physical and social connector. The bridge and upper-level common spaces overlook an open plaza, a sloped lawn with stepped amphitheater seats to the west, and an intimate courtyard for residents to the east on the ground floor. The design incorporates the school’s colors and an angular motif from hexagonal patterns found on the campus’ mid-century buildings to unite the interior and exterior architecture. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - complexity of public project requirements, a pandemic in the middle of construction impacted the budget through price increases and labor and material supply challenges, a design-build model provided flexibility to make adjustments to project challenges, and much more.

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In this episode, Cherise is joined by Robin Wilcox and Susan Barnes, two Principals from Skylab Architecture in Portland, Oregon. Robin and Susan share their insights into their work on the Serena Williams Building at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. At more than 1 million square feet, the building establishes new links to the existing campus through restored wetlands, public plazas, and view corridors.

The architecture was inspired by Nike’s heritage while providing innovative workspaces enabling designers to continue to imagine and deliver the future of sport. Anchored by a ten-story tower, the building marks the epicenter of campus for this visionary company. Serena Williams, the ultimate phenom/warrior/muse, is personified in the building’s narrative via the samurai armor-inspired exterior and abstracted wing of the goddess Nike evident in the tripartite massing. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - a complex tower that cantilevers on one corner provides an open plaza, an innovative 150-foot-long Connector bridge made of a rotational steel truss tube functions as a collaboration space, a 50-foot subterranean parking garage required extensive coordination to develop a column grid that achieved continuous columns from the garage through to retail and office floors above, and much more.

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In this episode, Cherise is joined by Jenna Knudsen, AIA, LEEP AP BD+C, Managing Principal and Gina Chang, AIA, EDAC, Principal, both from CO Architects in Los Angeles, California. Jenna and Gina share their insights into their work on Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California. Nationally recognized for its innovative approach to sustainable design, healing environments, and technical execution, Palomar Medical Center (PMC) is a 35-acre campus that includes a 360-bed acute-care hospital.

Evidence-based-design “firsts” include Universal Patient Rooms, which accommodate a variety of in-room procedures to minimize moving patients and germ exposure. Biophilic design strategies incorporate natural light in operating rooms, garden spaces at every level of the 11-story nursing tower, and green roof technology that extends the landscape and improves views from the patient rooms. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - excavation encountered bedrock but the use of rock anchors led to structural savings, the use of light tubes met a challenge of fire rating requirements, extensive research and analysis made for hospitality inspired patient rooms, and much more.

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In this episode, Cherise is joined by Tima Bell, Associate AIA and Founding Principal and Ginna Claire Nguyen, Associate AIA and Principal at Relativity Architects in Los Angeles, California. Tima and Ginna share their insights into their recent work on Siren Production Studios, an urban in-fill site in Hollywood, CA. Relativity created a masterplan for Siren Studios campus through a mix of new construction, building renovations, interior design, programmatic development, and a motion-picture production soundstage, referred to as The Cube.

The 40 foot tall, single-story concrete structure is designed to accommodate everything from high-end magazine advertisement shoots and commercials to full-length feature films. The 13,000-square-foot soundstage, with an additional 3,000-square-foot annex of support space, features a reinforced truss system that can support more than 10,000 pounds of rigging—enough to hang three cars. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - insulated concrete form wall systems provided acoustic benefits and reduced construction cost by 30 percent, advanced acoustic control needs required unique assemblies and materials, while in the permitting process, the client decided to reduce the building area from 20,000 to 13,000 square feet, and much more.

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35m 51s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Mark Kalin, FAIA, FCSI, President of Kalin Associates in Massachusetts. In this conversation, Cherise and Mark provide unique insight into navigating specs and product selection when you don’t have a spec writer, best practices to leverage your time when managing the spec writing process and things to think about when you are writing specifications yourself. For more information on references discussed in this episode, visit arcat.com/podcast

Mark is a registered architect with over 40 years experience preparing specifications. His firm has prepared specifications for over 7,000 construction projects, 600 building product manufacturers and design standards for major universities.

For AIA, Mark has been Chair of the Masterspec Review Committee, Professional Interest Area for Specifications and Library and Archives Committee. For CSI, he has been Chair of the Institute Technical Committee, MasterFormat Maintenance Task Team, and founded the CSI Sustainable Facilities Practice Group. Mark is the author of the original GreenSpec and Kalin Associates' Master Short-Form Specifications. He has taught a Graduate Level Course on Specification Writing at Harvard University and lectures frequently at national conferences.

Finally, Mark has been President of SCIP, Specifications in Independent Practice and President of CSI Boston in two different centuries.

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37m 47s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Jeff Dreyfus, Principal and Whitney Hudson, Project Architect from Bushman Dreyfus Architects in Charlottesville, Virginia. Jeff and Whitney share their insights into their recent work on Six Hundred West Main, an urban mixed-use project in Charlottesville, VA. The new building has 53 apartments, an art gallery, lobby, courtyard, underground parking and retail space. The building is built next to two renovated historic buildings that house a locally-famous diner and a wine shop with offices and apartments above. Six Hundred consists of various steel textures on the façade, a concrete structure for the parking and ground floor levels, and wood frame construction above. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - a Special Use Permit was required for increased density, the historic district and adjacent existing structures prompted a design review process with the local Board of Architectural Review through to project completion, the owners - a married team of developer and artist - pushed for a forward-thinking urban apartment building that contrasted the historic district, and much more.

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In this episode, Cherise is joined by Joseph Sarafian, AIA, CEO and Ron Culver, AIA, COO – Both Co-Founders of Form Found Design in Los Angeles, California. Joseph and Ron share their experience and insights into the MARS Pavilion in Palm Springs, California. The MARS Pavilion combines the precision of robots and the freedom of fabric to achieve a 15-foot-tall canopy structure for Amazon’s invite-only MARS Conference in Palm Springs. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

Kais Al-Rawi, Senior Associate and Enclosure Design Leader at Walter P Moore provides his expertise to highlight additional structural aspects of the project.

Luke Pinkerton, President at Helix Steel, discusses the Helix Steel product - technical considerations, benefits, and potential opportunities for the future of the building industry.

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - Industrial robot arms manipulated fabric sleeves to create adjustable concrete formwork, extensive research was required to develop a unique concrete mix with a compressive strength of 12,000 psi that cured in just 30 minutes, Helix Twisted Steel Micro Rebar was introduced in lieu of traditional rebar, yielding a 25% increase of compressive, tensile, and flexural strengths for the concrete wishbones, and much more.

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In this episode, Cherise is joined by Bruce Redman Becker, President of Becker + Becker, an integrated sustainable architecture and development firm based in Westport, Connecticut. Bruce plans, designs and implements projects that have a social and environmental value, rebuilding and strengthening communities to help revitalize cities. In this conversation, Bruce shares his experience and insights into the adaptive re-use of the iconic Pirelli building, originally constructed in 1969 and designed by legendary Bauhaus trained architect, Marcel Breuer. Hotel Marcel is 100% electric and designed to produce all of its energy on site with over 1,000 solar panels. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

Hannah Walker, Chief Operating Officer at Sinclair Digital, provides additional insight into the low voltage DC solutions on the project, including a Power over Ethernet (PoE) technique that delivers DC power to devices over copper Ethernet cabling.

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - Financing opportunities inspired pursuit of national historic registration, the existing structure and preservation efforts added some complexity to building upgrades, Passive House principles led to unexpected but welcomed sound attenuation, and much more.

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In this episode, Cherise is joined by John Marx, AIA, Co-Founding Principal and Chief Artistic Officer at Form4 Architecture in San Francisco, California. John is responsible for developing Form4 Architecture’s design vision and philosophical language. In this conversation, John shares his experience and insights into his work on the Innovation Curve Life Science Campus in Palo Alto, California. The project is a 265,895 square-foot, four-building, LEED Platinum life-science campus on the edge of the Stanford Research Park. The clear glass envelope with glass shading fins creates a crystalline form that evokes a sense of lightness and spirit. A mid-level blue horizontal ribbon shading element follows the shape of the classic R&D timeline; from creative spark, through trial and tribulation, to welcome success. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

Allison Koo, Managing Director at Sand Hill Property Co., also shares her perspective as the client and building owner. Involved from land acquisition to occupancy and stabilization, Allison provides wide-ranging insight into an owner's decision making process.

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - A unique curved shading element and design feature required unconventional materials to build, the design balanced extensive use of glass with effective sun shading elements to help obtain LEED platinum certification, a creative and flexible design allowed the owner to effectively navigate volatility in the real estate market, and much more.

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34m 17s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Dan Stine, AIA, IES, CSI, CDT, Design Performance, Director of Design Technology at Lake Flato Architects and Melina Phillips, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Project Architect at Lake Flato Architects. Dan and Melina share their experience and insights working on Hotel Magdalena in Austin, Texas. Located in the heart of Austin’s South Congress neighborhood, Hotel Magdalena is the first mass timber boutique hotel in North America. It is approximately 104,000 SF, of which 30,000 SF is dedicated to unconditioned spaces, showcasing a major focus of the design: the central courtyard and surrounding mass timber porches. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - Austin’s lake culture and the site's historical legacy influenced an enhanced outdoor experience, sequencing of waterproofing was complicated by a systems heavy structure, the developer's commitment to the initial vision saved the essence of the project even through a major value engineering effort, and much more.

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In this episode, Cherise is joined by Don Copper, Managing Principal, and Ryan Von Drehle, Principal at GREC Architects. Don and Ryan share their experience and insights working on 5 MLK, a 450,000 SF mixed-use building in Portland OR. The development consists of 230 rental residences on eleven levels, above five levels of commercial office space, two levels of retail space and 3 levels of below-grade parking.

Residential units are configured to maximize stunning views of the Willamette River valley and downtown Portland, the bucolic East Side, as well as Mounts Hood and Saint Helens. Landscaped terraces at each office level offer a unique natural outdoor amenity and city views to tenants. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - the building has been certified for LEED Gold, Salmon Safe and Fitwel, during site excavation a subterranean stream was found, the project employs a complex rainwater capture system that cleans water as it waterfalls down the landscaped roof terraces, and much more.

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43m 31s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by JD Deschamps, Senior Project Manager for Multnomah County Facilities and Property Management and Josh Durham, Owner of Gamut Project Solutions and formerly Project Manager at Hoffman Construction. JD and Josh share their experience working on the Multnomah County Courthouse - JD providing the owner perspective and Josh highlighting the construction teams insights.

Located in downtown Portland, Oregon, the 17-floor courthouse is 460,000 sf and includes the historic 20,000 sf Jefferson Station, a former power substation remodeled to house hearing rooms. If you’ve walked by the building, you can’t miss the massive round concrete columns known as the “The Pillars of Justice," which stand at 40-feet tall, several feet in diameter, and occur both outside the building and within the 3-floor atrium lobby space. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - this was the first building in Portland constructed using Performance Based Design, the project implemented a trauma-informed design approach, wide-ranging stakeholders and users added complexity for design and construction, and much more.

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In this episode, Cherise is joined by William Mandara Jr., AIA, CEO and Co-Owner at Mancini Duffy, a national full-service design firm with a 100+-year-old history and tech-forward approach. Bill heads the New York architecture studio of Mancini Duffy, where he spends his time leading much of their efforts in new building design and the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Bill shares his lessons learned from working on 125 West 25th Street, an adaptive reuse project where Mancini Duffy repurposed an industrial warehouse building into a modernized, multi-use, Class A office building for tenants with forward-thinking businesses.

The 140,000 square foot building was modernized across all 12 floors. The façade was completely refreshed to include new windows, the lower three floors engage the street front with floor‑to‑ceiling glazing, upper‑story windows were replaced from small double hung units to full-size warehouse-style casement windows that give the entire building a fresh, contemporary look while taking the building’s industrial past into account, and a new inviting lobby welcomes tenants and visitors. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - the existing building was actively occupied under the "interim multiple dwelling program" and required relocation of the tenants, the existing overbuilt condition of the building provided an opportunity for prime leasable square footage, the vintage of the building required extensive structural retrofit, and much more.

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In this episode, Cherise is joined by Jake LaManna, Quality Manager at Walsh Construction. Jake shares lessons learned from working on Passivehaus and Living Buildings projects, highlighting the PAE Living Building. The building, designed to meet the world’s most rigorous sustainability standards, has opened its doors in Portland, Oregon. The five-story, 58,000 SF mixed-use building, located in the city’s historic Old Town / Skidmore district, is the first developer-driven and largest commercial urban Living Building in the world. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

Mark Brune, Principal at PAE and Project Manager on the PAE Living building project, and Justin Brooks, Principal at ZGF, also contribute their insights into the design, construction, and post-occupancy of the building.

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - rigorous sustainability standards, identifying and utilizing materials compliant with "Red Lists," goals to design a building to last 500 years, and much more.

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39m 30s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by two Partners from Bushman Dreyfus Architects in Charlottesville, Virginia, Tim Tessier, Principal, and Jeff Dreyfus, Founding Principal of the firm. Tim and Jeff share their expertise and experience working on The Center at Belvedere, a 47,200 square foot senior community center in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Center at Belvedere is a new model for how to rethink what a “senior center” is supposed to be. Modern design, daylight-filled spaces and spaces for outdoor programming create a place where people of all generations want to gather, see and be seen. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

The design team worked at every level to ensure accommodation of the physical and cognitive challenges that come with aging, and one of the true successes of The Center is that it does so quietly - without calling attention to those accommodations, all the while creating a center that has appeal across all sectors and ages of the community.

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - shift the paradigm of a senior center, budget constraints that led to unique strategies and creative solutions, design a multi-use space that acoustically accommodates a wide range of users, and much more.

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47m 03s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Rosa T. Sheng, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice-President at SmithGroup, serving multiple roles as Higher Education Studio Leader in Northern California and National Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion. She is also the founder of Equity by Design [EQxD] and the first Asian American Women to serve as AIA San Francisco President (2018) in the organization’s 136 year history. Recognized as a designer, architect, strategist and thought leader, she is known for delivering design solutions with transformational impact in the built environment. Rosa provides insight into the design and construction of the UC Davis Teaching & Learning Complex.

The state-of-the-art facility’s design ambitiously champions integrated strategic student success and sustainability goals. The new space provides intentionally ample social study and collaboration space to foster learning communities that reinforce student belonging and persistence. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - identifying and implementing building envelope efficiencies, a requirement for affordable construction materials that led to unique design features, a focus on innovative and quality learning environments that focus on belonging and holistic student persistence, and much more.

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In this episode, Cherise is joined by Aaron Kalfen, Project Architect, Senior Associate, and Office Design Leader at DLR Group - Chicago. Aaron has a constant curiosity about all encompassing lessons learned, including everything from project delivery and beyond. Aaron shares his expertise and lessons learned designing the new Hilton Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. The soon to be under construction hotel is adjacent to the globally renowned Mayo Clinic campus and is intended to serve patients, visitors, and travelers alike. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - a shocking number of various cladding materials that elevated the building's complexity, special design load requirements for every exterior product on the building, a heightened level of universal and accessible design, and much more

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48m 29s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by David C. Young, P.E., Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist at RDH Building Science. Dave shares his expertise and rich experience in this conversation about building defects, building science, things you might not want to do, and other things you should know. To see more about the components discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

This conversation covers some unique challenges and opportunities - roofing work done at night that led to a failure, recommendations for air barriers, enclosure considerations in relation to wind uplift pressure, seismic forces and thermal expansion, and much more.

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32m 12s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by James Scott Brew, FCSI, AIA, CCCS, CCCA, LEED AP, WELL AP, architect at Nikken Sekkei, the world's second largest architecture firm. James shares his experience working on an IMAX, 3D Dome theater in northern Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior. To see project photos, visit arcat.com/podcast

The design featured a large 2-story curtainwall at the lobby entry--a grand ship-like building form, not unlike the bow of a great lakes ship.

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - significant pressure to meet a strict deadline to open the building, unqualified labor assembled the curtainwall, and very powerful winds and rain, just days after the grand opening, left a lake in the lobby.

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54m 06s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Richard Heiserman, Senior Associate, Architect, AIA, FCSI, CCCA at Ankrom-Moisan Architects in Portland, Oregon, and Jeffrey Potter, Specification Solutions Product Manager at Deltek.

Rick is a licensed Architect with over 40 years of experience in the construction industry. In addition to providing technical assistance and spec writing, Rick is also a mentor and technical resource to the teams and staff in his office.

Jeff has 6-1/2 years of experience in AEC and was previously the spec writer for a large west coast firm. Jeff is dedicated to continuing specification education across the industry and transforming specs for future generations.

Rick and Jeff share their expertise and storied experiences to highlight the importance of project specifications. Cherise has jokingly been calling this the “Seasoned vs. Fresh Spec Writer Cage Match”. This conversation provides unique insight into project specifications, the world of spec writing, practical tips for construction documents, special considerations, and how a better understanding of project specifications and the role of spec writer can improve your drawings and overall project.

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43m 40s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Tom Breslin, Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Tom brings over 20 years of experience to the design team at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. He has contributed to many significant university, institutional and cultural projects ranging from campus master plans to delicate insertions into historic structures. In addition to a life-long interest in the environment and sustainable design, he has a particular focus on the user experience of place and the nature of materials.

Tom shares his experience working on Malachowsky Hall, a 265,000 square foot, 7 story multi-disciplinary academic building that that will connect students and researchers from across disciplines and create a hub for advances in computing, communication and cyber-technologies. The signature design element of the building is the prefabricated exterior wall panel assembly, comprised of custom designed and shop structural and aluminum plate cladding panels and electrochromic glazing for solar and glare control.

Christine Sheppard Ph.D., Director of the Glass Collisions Program at the American Bird Conservancy, discusses the problem of bird strikes with buildings, and shares her insight into things we can do in the design process to mitigate this issue.

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - creating a hub for cross disciplinary collaboration, a unique façade that created complex trapezoidal windows, and a mandate for bird-friendly glazing which led to fritted glass to mitigate bird strikes.

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In this episode, Cherise is joined by Alan Scales, a principal at KTGY Group Inc. Alan brings over 14 years of experience in urban infill, residential design and construction, and has been responsible for over 20 Small Lot Subdivisions in the City of Los Angeles offering unique solutions to challenging sites. The Small Lot Ordinance allows opportunities to develop a more compact footprint for single-family homes and maximize the lot within existing multifamily zones, all with ownership and long-term commitments to the existing neighborhood in mind.

Alan shares his experience and the story behind The June Street Collection, a small lot single-family detached community comprised of 10 gated, single-family for-sale homes, crafted with style and quality, and boasting design characteristics reflective of the historic Spanish architecture of the fine homes of the surrounding neighborhood. These three-bedroom, two- and three-story stand-alone, fee-simple homes are equipped with high-end finishes, rooftop decks with built-in BBQ and stunning views of the city, plus decks on lower levels of the homes that encourage indoor/outdoor living and maximize the space of a small lot.

Scott Jones, Structural Engineer and Executive Vice President at Wright Engineers, provides insight into the unique conditions and structural design for Small Lot homes.

This small lot community provided unique challenges and opportunities - neighbors were not initially accepting of the project, there was a balancing act of density while fitting into the context of the neighborhood, and a complex condition where the homes are 8" apart...yes, 8 INCHES!

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31m 42s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Christine Williamson, founder of the Instagram account @BuildingScienceFightClub, an educational project that teaches architects about building science and construction. She has spent her career in building science forensics, discovering why buildings fail, and working with owners, architects, and builders to remedy the problems. Christine shares her insight into the restoration of Belvedere Castle in Central Park, highlighting her task to answer the question: Could water sufficiently be kept out of the building? Belvedere Castle is a folly, or ornamental building, in Central Park in Manhattan, New York City. Constructed out of Manhattan schist, the building was designed as a focal point in the landscape, only intended to be a place from which to enjoy views of the surrounding landscape. It has since been converted to house exhibit rooms, an observation deck, and previously Central Park’s official weather station.

This restoration project presented unique challenges and opportunities - finding a balance between introducing advanced water management systems and historic preservation, managing moisture in a 150 year stone masonry building, and a unique situation where improved air quality during the Covid-19 lockdowns led to algae growth on damp surfaces.

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33m 11s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Ramin Rezvani, Senior associate at Ankrom Moisan Architects. Ramin shares his insight into the design and construction of 250 Taylor, a creative office in Portland, Oregon. As the 2019 winner of the CRE Transformer Award, the 230,650 sq. ft., 10-story, office building is considered one of the most transformative commercial real estate projects of the year by the Portland Business Journal. The straightforward design embodies the composition of Yamhill Historic District at a human scale—revitalizing the pedestrian experience at a key transitional block. To recall the material scale and texture of the district’s masonry buildings, the post-tension concrete building is skinned in a unitized terra cotta, custom kynar finished metal plate, and glass curtain wall. Rooted in place, the project is designed to promote access to air, light, and wellness.

Del Stephens, President and CEO of Dura industries, an approved applicator of high-performance thermally cured organic architectural coatings (PVDF) and certified applicator for PACCAR truck parts, shares his perspective on working through the custom kynar finish on the building and how his company works with designers to customize the perfect coating solution.

This project presented unique challenges and opportunities - an offset building core provided maximum flexibility but added structural challenges, a unitized curtain wall with integral terracotta and custom kynar paint finish, and the signing of a long term tenant deep into design that led to major structural changes.

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23m 31s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Mark Oberholzer and Sean Martino, associate principals at KTGY. Mark and Sean share their experience designing the Edes Building, an art gallery and mixed-use space in Morgan Hill, CA. Mass timber was chosen on this project for its natural finish and ability to provide larger spans than standard wood construction. Custom shelving and display units accommodate a myriad of art. Custom-made rotating walls pivot and adjust the flow of gallery visitors to accommodate various-sized art pieces and create a flexible yet unified space. The building also includes a wine bar and a dramatic featured staircase that lights up like a lantern at night.

This project presented unique challenges and opportunities - the building had to be raised above a flood plain, limited space inspired integrated storage and display systems, and continuity of various wood species were an added complexity for interior finishes.

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35m 34s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Sarah Gray, P.Eng., Principal and Building Science Specialist, RDH Building Science Inc. Sarah is a self-proclaimed building science nerd, having worked on the design of new buildings and repairs to existing buildings for over 20 years. She shares her experience retrofitting Social housing apartment towers in Toronto, Ontario. These apartment towers, built in the 1960s, are mid to high rise towers, made of a concrete block structure with brick cladding.

Retrofitting this typology presented unique challenges and opportunities - complexities in management have led to the buildings receiving no maintenance or upgrades in 20 years or more, typical government processes seek lowest bids from contractors who may not have experience working with existing buildings, and outdated standards of construction techniques and building codes make retrofitting more complex.

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32m 00s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, former CEO of HOK, Chairman of buildingSMART International, author of Designing a World-Class Architecture Firm: The People, Stories and Strategies Behind HOK, and co-host of BUILD SMART. Patrick shares his experience as the Project Manager at HOK overseeing the Moscone Center, a 300,000 sq. ft convention center, the largest convention and exhibition complex in San Francisco, California. John Igoe, at the time, Assistant to the San Francisco Chief Administrative Officer, provides additional project insight from the perspective of the governing body and client.

Opened in 1981, the Moscone Center has held some of the most important events in modern business and political history, including the Democratic National Convention in 1984, Google’s I/O from 2008-2015, and the announcement of the iPhone in 2007. The Moscone Center has not only provided top-tier event spaces for companies the world over but has also been a significant source of revenue for San Francisco.

The project presented unique challenges and opportunities - an ongoing lawsuit and public pressures, a requirement to build the building below the water table where it faced significant water pressure, and to combat the feeling of being underground, the team came up with and implemented an innovative post-tensioned concrete arch system.

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30m 27s

In this episode, Cherise is joined by Michael Great, Managing Design Principal and Director of Design Strategy at Ankrom Moisan Architects to highlight Harder Mechanical Headquarters, a 25,000 sq. ft., two-story, CLT office building located in Portland, Oregon. Michael Strachan, Marketing Manager at Harder Mechanical also contributes to provide client perspective and insight.

The project presented unique challenges and opportunities - the owner, a mechanical and plumbing subcontractor, self-performed their own scope, the process included an adapted integrated project delivery method, a desire to showcase Harder's own work and innovation led to exposed ceilings, structure and mechanical systems, and special conditions like a historic neighborhood and civil unrest led to remarkable material challenges and solutions.

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49m 26s

In this inaugural episode, Cherise colors outside of the lines, veering from the planned format, to set a baseline for the show. Martin Houston, AIA, LEED AP, a building enclosure specialist, joins the show to share his diverse experience in architecture, construction, and building science. In this wide ranging conversation Cherise and Marty share some of their primary concerns about AEC industry processes and highlight their top lessons that you should take away to help you better navigate your next project.

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Every building has a story. Along the process of design and construction, incredible stories of conflict and triumph emerge in pursuit of the broad vision for a building. Detailed is a series that features architects, engineers, builders, and manufacturers who share their insight and expertise as they highlight some of the most complex, interesting, and oddest building conditions that they have encountered, and the ingenuity it took to solve them. Join host, Cherise Lakeside, aka CSI Kraken, a Senior Specification Writer at RDH Building Science, as she uncovers lessons learned to help you navigate similar challenges that may arise in your next project. Detailed, coming February 2022! Subscribe now to follow along and gain valuable knowledge to help you navigate your next project! Check out more details at ARCAT. If you enjoy this show, you can find similar content at Gābl Media.

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About the Host
Cherise Lakeside

Cherise Lakeside, FCSI, CDT

Senior Specification Writer, RDH Building Science
Portland, Oregon

Cherise has experience with many facets of the project team in the built environment. She has worked mostly in architecture with stints in construction, MEP Engineering, and now building science during her career.

Cherise is a CSI Fellow, Past President and current Certification Chair of the Portland Chapter of CSI and former Director-at-Large on the Institute Board. She currently teaches the CSI CDT certification program and has had hundreds of students over the last 9 years.

Cherise is passionate about young professional development, public speaking/education (300+ over the last 8 years) and is particularly interested in improving project coordination and communication. Her latest adventure is as the host of this podcast!

When Cherise isn't working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, live music, the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Yankees, good whiskey and seeking out new experiences (she calls it her "adventure list"!

She is fondly referred to as the #CSIKraken. Connect with her on LinkedIn or you can follow her on Twitter or Instagram @CheriseLakeside.