Personal experience of Robert Blatter, AIA, while employed at Gresham Smith + Partners
The project consisted of a 8,500 square foot renovation and addition to the existing Winston Family YMCA in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, near Jacksonville. The existing exercise and general fitness program spaces were renovated with the addition being a childcare area (shown in foreground).
The project team included Jason Faulkner, AIA.
Personal experience of Robert Blatter, AIA, while employed at Gresham Smith + Partners.
The design strategy was to focus the surrounding community into what the facility offers: energy, athletics and a family oriented facility. The butterfly roof of the main axis attempts to gather light, and in turn, the surrounding community. The mainly concrete tilt panel structure is broken by metal panel clad program elements that break down the long facade and mimic formal residential imagery.
The project is a new 36,000 sq ft facility in a residential community named Fleming Island Plantation in Orange Park, Florida. The facility is located along Town Center Drive which is the developments’ main boulevard.
The site is bordered to the south, east and west by residential communities and a large lake to the north. The building is oriented to take advantage of the northern exposure and views to the lake while the pool and playground areas display the facility activities to the residents along Town Center Drive. A large canopy marks the building entry and directs occupants to the reception point. The entry canopy functions to draw light into the building core through clerestory windows.
Profiles of architectural team members participating in athletic activities were abstracted, scaled up and used as relief on the tilt-panels to provide character on the gymnasium facade.
Project team included Jason Faulkner, AIA, Karie Kovacocy, Jim Frey and Leigh Gunn
Independent Competition for Andes Sprouts Society
The competitions program was for the design and construction of (3) transient sustainable studios for resident artists: prototype. The artists are engaged in developing media art projects over multiple seasons.
“We cultivate the land and are provided sustenance in return…”
The umbilical design stems from our research into the means and mechanics of farming, the natural cycles of feeding off the land and our previous living structure investigations. Initially a salvage venture, the center pivot irrigation rigging provided a literal support construct for the main studio. The wheeled stanchion was removed and serves as a movable base. To this are grafted the studio housing, an outside deck and greywater storage. We envisioned the housing module as a 10′ x 20′ shipping container or using local salvage for stick framing; as such, the design accounts for either situation.
The projects placenta, an insulation and fiberglass module, is attached to the housing module and supplies remote services when required. This umbilical links the three modular units together sharing water, power and centralizing removal of black water.
The 268 square foot structure is energy self sufficient, relocatable and low maintenance. The materials, a large portion of which are salvage from other local projects, include plywood, standard dimensional lumber, fiberglass, insulation, metal roof panels and schedule 40-pipe. The material cost for each unit is estimated at $8720 and takes into account salvaged material and all labor being donated.
The site is located in the Catskill Mountain region of Delaware County in New York. The local topography includes a pond, meadows and an adjacent pine forest. Being a mountain region, the weather changes rapidly.