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Monday, 17 October 2011 18:44 Published in Foreground Studio

Foreground Building Studio, a prequel to Integrative Design Studio, focuses on the design of a public and/ or civic building in the physical and cultural setting of a traditional small town or urban neighborhood. I chose to develop a YMCA for a prime location, overlooking Lake Michigan, in the city of Saint Joseph, MI. Several weeks are spent on research including, but not limited to: case, demographics, context, material, altitude/azimuth, and parking studies; YMCA history; touring other community centers; daylighting, and energy analysis. Preliminary design is done with traditional hand drawings, which were converted to BIM utilizing Revit software in Integrative Design Studio. This comprehensive building design project includes: site design, building design, development of architectural details (including integration of materials, structural, and environmental systems), programming, and material selection. 

Hand Drawing were used for NCARB accreditation. 

Exterior Rendering from Lakeshore Drive

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:28 Published in Integrative Design Studio

As a continuation of Foreground Building Studio, Integrative Design Studio is an in-depth consideration of building systems, their relationship, and further development of the buildings design and design development. My YMCA scheme works within the context of the surrounding buildings—materials and first level stores and shops. The building is 89,000 square feet spread over five stories and includes 264 parking spaces hidden behind shops and below grade that replace the current 60. Some building features: a gym, running track, two pools, saunas, tennis and racquetball courts, weight and cardiovascular training, aerobics, cafe, and childcare. Structural engineering was completed with knowledge gained in Andrews Structures courses. Additionally, I completed a building analysis with Autodesks’ Ecotect and engineered a HVAC system for the entire building. 

Revit sheets and renderings were used for NCARB accreditation and are on display at Andrews University. 


Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Mark Smith and I reside in Stevensville, Michigan my wife and two children. I have been interested in Architecture since my boyhood days; however, because of my families business—a lumberyard—I never really got a chance to pursue my dream until later in my career. Read more...


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