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Flex Commercial Building / LEVER Architecture

  • 19:00 - 22 April, 2019
  • Curated by Paula Pintos
Flex Commercial Building / LEVER Architecture
Flex Commercial Building / LEVER Architecture, © Jeremy Bittermann
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  • Structural Engineer

    SCE Engineers
  • Civil Engineer

    KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • General Contractor

    P&C Construction
  • Landscape Architect

    Lango Hansen
  • Lighting Designer

    Biella Lighting
  • Owner

    Portred, LLC
  • More Specs Less Specs
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Text description provided by the architects. The project is a 19,000 sqft commercial building that is an exploration of the industrial building typology typically know as “Flex." Generally constructed as simple industrial structures with metal roll-up doors and interior mezzanines, the design elevates this ubiquitous typology with mass timber structural elements and a distinctive angular building form. Its large 200’ x 95’ open floor plate is divisible into eight, 24’ structural bays, allowing the building to be partitioned for diverse tenants, from a restaurant to small maker spaces.

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Floor Plan
Floor Plan
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Inside, the open, loft-like interior blends industrial character with architectural quality. The 80’ triangular clerestory, skylights, and glass garage-style doors bring daylight into the deep floor plates. Being a speculative development with a highly economical budget, the team was challenged to find design, materials, and building technology solutions that would bring architectural presence to an everyday structure.

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Flex’s innovative and economical design solutions include: Perimeter walls were prefabricated in a factory off-site, allowing for greater quality and faster installation; Iconic building form realized using off the shelf or prefabricated materials and systems; 6’ structural cantilever along the building entry created from panelized glulam and plywood modules that were assembled on site; Spacing of glulam roof beams at 2’ on center eliminated the need for blocking; Precut glulam structure resulted in faster installation; Alignment of skylight proportions with structural spans eliminated blocking; Economical material palette of sheet metal, glulam columns and beams, plywood, glass, and concrete.

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Inventive and cost-effective building solutions, together with careful coordination of the trades, resulted in an everyday building with architectural presence. The Flex project demonstrates that with care and innovation it is possible to raise the architectural quality of ordinary building types throughout our cities.

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Cite: "Flex Commercial Building / LEVER Architecture" 22 Apr 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/915543/flex-commercial-building-lever-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884
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