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Title Peering In: Improving Existing Buildings with Colorful Increments
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Degree MS
Discipline/Department Architecture
Degree Level masters
University/Publisher Cal Poly
Abstract Existing office buildings’ embodied energy, history and culture offer something a newly constructed building cannot. On the other hand, new office buildings’ adoption of new technologies and building philosophies offer a range of sustainable efficiencies previously unavailable. Combining these efficiencies with elements that embrace human diversity and well- being offer the opportunity to not only mend our existing buildings’ deteriorating physical bodies but aid in creating workplaces that promote good physical and mental health. This project provides recommendation on how an existing high-rise commercial building can incorporate a number of incremental improvements that continually evolve to meet rapidly changing market demands. This design approach allows for ease of installation and modification to meet the needs of the tenants and the building owner.
Subjects/Keywords diversity; incremental; sustainable; prefabrication; adaptive; Architecture; Construction Engineering; Historic Preservation and Conservation
Contributors Elbert O Speidel
Country of Publication us
Record ID oai:digitalcommons.calpoly.edu:theses-2695
Repository calpoly
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2020-04-26
Created Date 2016-03-01 08:00:00

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…practice of incremental improvements. Smaller more realistic tenant improvement projects that are portions of the overall proposed design can be undertaken through the process of phased construction. This approach will reduce the upfront cost and risk…

…LIST OF FIGURES Figure Page 1.1: Material Development (Kieran and Timberlake 120) ….………..………..………….2 1.2: Abandonment of Traditional Office Space (Gensler, 2012) ……..………..…………3 1.3: Incremental Upgrades Savings (Gensler…

…2015)……..………….20 2.9: 690 Folsom Street Construction Details (Bloszies, 2015)………………..…………20 2.10: 185 Post Historical Photo (Architectural Record, 2015).…...…………..…………22 2.11: 185 Post Street during Day (Heneghan, 2015)…

…Union Bank Plaza during Construction (Los Angeles Times, 2015)….……….…...29 3.5: Union Bank Plaza - Floor Plan 1 (Heneghan, 2014)…………….………….……....30 3.6: Union Bank Plaza - Floor Plan 2 (Heneghan, 2014)………………………….….....31 3.7…

…54 5.7: Nestlé Chile S.A. Cor-Ten Steel Skin (ArchDaily, 2015)………………….….........55 5.8: Construction Benefits of Aluminum (The Aluminum Association, 2015)…….…....56 6.1: Iron Fire Escape in San Francisco (Lenclos, 77)…

…faster, stronger and more cost effective construction methods (Rostron 26, Murray 12), the use and continuous refinement of steel as the material of choice for structural frames which is lighter and stronger than its nineteenth century…

…less costly and time intensive than demolishing whole existing high-rises as displayed by Figure 1.3. Furthermore, smaller incremental improvements to an existing mid-century high-rise building reduce upfront costs, reduce the potential risk of…

…rejection of the new space, and allow the space to be built faster to meet new market demands. 4 Figure 1.3: Incremental Upgrades Savings (Gensler, 2012) This thesis project, called Peering In, focuses on developing a modular building system…

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