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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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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44m 29s

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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30m 44s

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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36m 20s

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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49m 43s

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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42m 59s

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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34m 18s

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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38m 08s

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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40m 24s

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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39m 22s

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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33m 03s

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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3m 13s

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.