Our design approach focused on the building’s connection to its surrounding environment, the architectural expression of sustainability, the simple use of basic materials, creation of a team-oriented work environment and a truly integrative process from the very beginning. After programming, but prior to the start of the design process, preliminary energy modeling and material studies were done to explore the potential strategies for design intervention in the existing building. Following these studies there were two community charettes that included members of the community, community organizations, academic institutions, clients, consultants and employees. These charettes were used to explore values, goals, expectations and ideas, both related to the building and the surrounding neighborhood.
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