BS in Architectural Engineering
Allen C. Estes
For my senior project I participated in the Getting LA to Net Positive Competition for Innovation in Design competition which is part of the living building challenge. The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that define advanced measure of sustainability in the building environment. The Challenge is comprised of seven performance categories called Petals: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Petals are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. The competition is run by the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Los Angeles.
For the competition the class ARCH 351 has decided to do a redesign of the Olympic Village. Los Angeles will host the summer games in 2024 and already have a plan for their Olympic Village; the ARCH 351 class hopes to accomplish an Olympic Village design that will better fit LA for the future as opposed to the current design which they feel only reflects the whims of the moment. I partnered with an architectural student named Sergio Sanchez and acted as his structural advisor for the project. For this project I researched green roof systems, offered structural input on the design of the structure, and created structural drawings with the structural calculations to support them.