Living at the Intersection of Design and Analytics
Case, James (Jim) W.
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The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design was born out of an ambitious partnership between The Kendeda Fund and the Georgia Institute of Technology, focused on making exemplary change in how design and technology are used to create better environmental outcomes. It is the most environmentally advanced education and research building constructed in the Southeast to date- with a specific intent for aspects of the project to be transformative, inspiring- and replicable. Designing a successful Living Building Challenge project is by definition and necessity a challenging, collaborative and integrated endeavor. The highly integrated partnership of the Design Team mirrored the Client relationship. Lord Aeck Sargent and the Miller Hull Partnership along with an innovative and experienced consulting Team developed a Design Process that combined human creativity with technical analytics in virtual lockstep from beginning to end. The lecture will chronical the process and path used to design the facility where Georgia Tech will lead, educate and transform thought in the area of ecology and regenerative buildings. Further, the building itself is designed to inspire research and create aspects of replicability for other building owners, designers and constructors in the Southeast. The design process itself can serve as a roadmap for future Living Buildings. The Kendeda Building is designed for place, climate, culture and the diverse programmatic needs of a broad interdisciplinary set of users. It is designed to seamlessly integrate into and enhance the Eco Commons. The process of design for site and landscape, daylighting, waste water treatment strategies, active/passive approaches to solar, urban agriculture, integrated building mechanical systems, building structure, interior materials and cladding choices- with embodied carbon, health, equity and the human condition all as considerations- will be chronicled.