Prime Air project begins its design phase. The team starts researching the site and getting familiar with the client””””s perception of value for the project. Prime Air is a supplier of airplane parts to worldwide clients and specific program requirements get the team doing their homework!
The studies lead the team to conclude on four main design ideas for Prime Air Headquarters:
- integrate the three disciplines of architecture, interior design and landscape in the design of the project.
- provide a solution to assist the company in the transition of employees having private offices to an open work-space environment.
- maximize user groups”””” access to natural light
- maintain the original industrial aesthetics in the indoor spaces while also strengthening the Art-Deco cues on the existing facade.
The program component of Prime Air also has challenging goals. The team must keep the extended work area within a 3,000 sq ft footprint so not too much space is taken from the storage area required. Addition of conference and fitness rooms must be addressed as well. Building Center No. 3 starts sketching schemes that comply with the desired goals for Prime Air.
Assembling the Team
BC3 puts together a team of two architects, a landscape architect and an interior designer to develop the design and construction document phases of this project. The team members are:
Jason Tapia AIA, LEED AP, NCARB is a registered architect in Florida and New York. He earned a B. Arch at Cornell University and an M.S. in Architecture Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been practicing architecture for fifteen years and is a Principal at Building Center No. 3, LLC. Areas of expertise include the design of buildings using life cycle assessment tools, building performance modeling and passive design strategies. He currently resides in Miami, FL.
Anaclaudia Magalhaes is a landscape designer who completed her studies at Florida International University. She earned her Associates in Arts in the discipline of architecture at Miami Dade College. She is originally from Brazil but has resided in Miami, FL for the past 10 years. Her academic work focus includes investigating context-driven concept solutions fostering community and environment. She currently works at Building Center No.3.
Patricia S. Borba earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Florida International University. She is working on her professional Bachelor of Architecture as well as a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University. Patricia is a designer and trained architect currently at Building Center No. 3. She is originally from Brazil and has lived in South Florida since 2001. Her career focuses on researching and practicing environmentally responsible design while producing high performance buildings.
Yamile Leon is an Interior Designer at Building Center No. 3. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design and minored in Fine Arts at Florida International University. She is currently working on a Master of Arts in Architecture. Her work focuses on meeting the needs of the user through an aesthetic, conceptually-driven design that relates to the exterior environment.
BC3 decides to target the project””s goal of integrating the three disciplines by the creation of a Green Zone that will tie the outside area with the insides spaces of the building. The transition from private office to an open work-space will be eased by using the concept of “neighborhoods” to define a more private zone within an open area. Natural light will be addressed with the positioning of the rooms on the South side of the workspace, leaving the open area facing the facade with the most glazing. Prime Air is now ready to enter phase 2…
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