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East Union Students Visit Architecture Firm
Students from East Union Middle and Forest Hills High School visited LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD., an architecture, interior architecture and planning firm in Charlotte, to learn about the profession and the use of technology to model building systems even before the buildings are constructed. Architecture and engineering firms have moved beyond the traditional Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) and instead use Building Information Modeling (BIM) to manage team projects and boost productivity. Students saw demonstrations of Revit Architecture software, building animation and took virtual tours of Marshville, Charlotte, Chicago, New York and Hong Kong. They were encouraged to explore Google SketchUp to develop their own basic plans and 3-D models and even see their designs in Google Earth.
Successful building projects rely on the team spirit and cooperation of the architects, engineers and contractor. The LS3P team explained the design sequence starting with a hand sketch to getting it down on paper in the form of technical architecture and engineering drawings and specifications. Once the plans are approved, the project is ready for field construction. Architects and engineers stay involved during construction and follow the progress until the building is completed and turned over to the Owner.
Students also saw examples of sustainable architecture and green design and use of recycled building materials. Buildings can earn ratings of platinum, gold, silver and certified for protection of the site and water and energy use efficiencies. They were introduced to Romare Bearden, the Charlotte-born African American artist honored with a beautiful 5.2 acre urban park currently under construction. After observing the working studios, the students toured the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art that featured kinetic sculptures, mid-20th century exhibits and the 17-foot Firebird on the museum plaza.
Written by: Susie Jones
Posted: Mar 29, 2012 by Susie Jones