The Finale

While working at CMW Inc. this semester, my main responsibilities included planning the Continuing Education events for the architects, engineers, designers, and landscape architects, meeting with sales reps on a weekly basis in order to learn the most up to date products to specify, selecting finishes for group based design concepts, and presenting my ideas to clients whether it be in house or on site.

I interacted with so many people and learned so many things. I worked one on one with sales reps on a regular basis to specify the materials that were most appropriate for the spaces I was designing. I also spent time with the architects in the office to continue to learn more about standards and codes. I worked with clients on a very intimate level of communication in regards to letting them have a say in what their visions were, while still maintaining the role of the professional of the field and giving my strong opinion based on function, durability, aesthetics, and safety and wellness of the users of the space. I was offered so many opportunities to sit in on meetings for the company in regards to marketing, continuing education, contractor and designer meetings, client consultations, and other business aspects of the company.

While working in the field, there are so many things that you learn that are not possible to learn in class. Although we spend our education learning how to think like a designer- in a very conceptual and functional way- it is impossible to learn how to do the appropriate documentation because those are standards that all companies hold. I have learned a lot about confidence working with clients in the field and presenting them with my best understanding of all product types and applications. This helps a lot in school because I can now bring back the physical documentation (sections, plans, details, etc) into my personal projects. I can also implement the best products because I have a much larger understanding of what is out there. Most importantly, I think that learning how to design under a budget is the largest thing I have been working with while outside of the classroom. I used a lot of conceptual ideas from class to add a creative twist under the circumstances of the designs. I have taken an outside of the box approach to healthcare and hospitality design that I have been working on at CMW. This experience has taught me more than anyone in a classroom can offer me.

This entire experience is a lasting job that continues to teach me more and more everyday. I am so happy that I was capable to have this experience. The connection with my future is- this is my future. I plan on designing just like this for the rest of my career and CMW has provided me the foundation to do just that in a stronger way. I will continue to design under a budget, have to work with architects, other designers, and clients on a regular basis, have to stay up to date on all new coming products with sales reps, and have to continue to document my research and design work in a standard way for contractors, architects, engineers, landscape architects, and other designers to understand. I would suggest to anyone that this experience is the most valuable thing that anyone (especially in subjective fields such as design) should do because it teaches things that a classroom cannot.

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CMW

This week at CMW has been hectic. Balancing work life, school life, and social life together has been nearly impossible and it is beginning to catch up with me. At work I have produced the finalized renderings for main street and living waters. I have also been working on the final submittal for the materials board to living waters. And I have been working on the detailing for the living water casework. Nothing new. But this work has been incredibly time consuming and I barely have had time to meet the time crunch on both as well as our studio final and lighting exam.

I dont mean to cut this short, but I have to get back to work and hope to catch up on sleep.

Attached is a copy of our xref scaling- which I hope to be of benefit to someone!

Materials board for digital submission to the client.

Materials board for digital submission to the client.

Scale references for XREFing in the office.

Scale references for XREFing in the office.

Eclipsing

This week at CMW I have been working on several tasks at the same time. I am continuing to work on the living water church in regards to detailing and final renderings. I met with the clients Wednesday, and got approval to start the specing process. We are not working on a project large enough to have official spec documents, instead we are referring to the finishes and equipment in the plans, elevation, and detail drawings for the construction documents. The architect that I am working closely with on these projects has showed me some of their spec documents and I am very excited to not be specing like that!

I am also working on renderings for the engineering company Stantec that works in the floor below us. They are researching outcomes of Main street downtown becoming a two way street. I have been making infographics and digital renderings to show three different potential street conditions for the potential future. It is important for the retail owners of the one way streets downtown to have multi directional streets, bike lanes, parking, wider sidewalks, etc. for people to slow down and spend time seeing the sites and want to stop. This project we are calling eclipsing and is the first project where I am working with other professionals from a different firm.

We had a CEU this week with Tammy Henry from Louisville Tile. I learned a lot about grouting and mortar and installation of floor and wall tiles.

This week I also got a new wall board from Formica. It is a lot brighter than the last one and there are a lot more materials out there. I am using a lot of them in the living water church.

New Formica Wall Board

New Formica Wall Board

Life without a Personal Computer

This weeks largest struggle was that I haven’t had my personal computer. Because of that, and the fact that I don’t know how to use my work computer because it is a windows, I have learned to do a lot of things by hand. I have been working on some hand renderings for both oncology and and Living Water in order to express my ideas to both the other designers and the clients. I have been making a lot of circulations maps and diagrams for the hospital unit in order to make an interesting and useful wayfinding technique. I am working with some inspiration of how to incorporate color coding of space from floor to wall- and to do it on a low budget. I am using some colorful Mannington VCTs in combination with Roppe rubber base and wall paint. I hope that I can create something a little more interesting in not only the infusion room, but all of the other parts of the hospital that we are working with.

I have worked a lot this week with sales reps in regards to making materials boards for both units. I have exchanged many emails and phone calls with Louisville Tile, Carnegie Textiles, Armstrong Ceilings, and Mees Tile. I have also been working a lot on researching for infusion tools necessary for us as designers to spec for the hospital such as infusion chairs. I have been working on creating spec documents as well.

Not only have I been specing for oncology this week, but I have also been specing for Living Water. This is great timing for me because we are learning spec documents in my constructions and detailing class! It is a very complicated process for me because I feel the pressure and don’t want to make any mistakes. I am also working on some detail drawings for some custom casework in the church narthex.

While I am ordering samples, space planning, specing, detailing, and making materials boards, I am still working on upcoming CEUs for the architects. Next week we are having Tammy from Louisville Tile come and speak on stone and tile wall installations and the last of the month we are having Porter Paints come and talk about industrial coatings (definitely not the most interesting sounding one). I am really enjoying the planning of CEUs because I have learned so much about stuff that I should know going into the field that I don’t get experience with in class such as VESDA alarms and smoke systems, L&L concrete, and industrial coatings. It is a lot more interesting to learn this way than to learn from a book or by a mistake in a design!

My awesome new color designer box from Sherwin Williams!

My awesome new color designer box from Sherwin Williams!

Creating materials options for oncology.

Creating materials options for oncology.

Space planning, creating circulation diagrams, and organizing design strategies for oncology.

Space planning, creating circulation diagrams, and organizing design strategies for oncology.

Back at it.

After a few weeks out of the office due to spring break and our New York trip, the stack of work on my desk was extremely tall. Getting back into the groove of things was not a slow process, there was no time. I started back into the oncology and cath lab units in Corbin and the Living Water church right away. While continuing to meet with sales reps for places such as Binford Associates and Mees Tile and Marble, I was also focusing on learning a lot of new things in regards to details and construction. The Living Water Church that we are working on has a lot of custom casework and we are working to show construction details on it. I have learned a lot and taken home the CMW AutoCad handbook in order to memorize the names, meanings, colors, and line weights of the ridiculous amounts of layers they use here. After organizing everything and getting it together, I studied some previous detail casework from previous projects to learn how to make them efficiently. It is funny because we are currently working on detail work in studio, and I never realized how much that pertains to us. I am learning about how valuable different types of joints are and how everything is made. I find myself looking at things everywhere now and either wondering, or knowing, how the little pieces are constructed.

I have learned about some really cool products in regards to glass and tile this week as well. Glass versus resin is apparently a growing argument now with the green movement, and although the prices are substantially different, glass seems to be a better solution in many ways such as clean-ability, durability, and product solutions. I am meeting with the Mees representatives again next month to view the showroom with an architect in the office and learn about a really cool product they are just coming out with by trend. Extremely vibrant and flexible, and these tiles are beginning to come in a wallpaper. I am excited and hope to use them in the cath lab and oncology units we are working on.

After weeks of one of the designers here being in and out at times due to home issues, we are finally sitting down and talking business on these designs. I am looking at existing images to develop what I think they are looking for in regards to finishes. We are finalizing space planning. The designer I am working on this project with was one of the original partners of CMW and it is a little intimidating working so close to a professional that has been working in the field for almost 50 years. He is quite the healthcare expert and I am so happy with how much he is teaching me.

Meanwhile, I am also setting up for a CEU with VESDA, a leader in security and fire safety technology. It is interesting to see the kinds of lunch and learns that attract the most people. This is one of the highest in interest- something completely boring, but so relevant to learn about in this profession.Working on more than one project at a time is definitely something I enjoy doing. I am really grateful that I am having experience in all these fields and continuing to move so quickly. I like fast pace and definitely hope I don’t slow down. IMG_1022

The ridiculous materials board for Living waters church and studying some existing detail work for the custom casework details!

The ridiculous materials board for Living waters church and studying some existing detail work for the custom casework details!

Living Water

This week I have been focusing on the Living water church again. We are extending on the idea of technology, based on what the client wants. Our color scheme is striving from the main apps on an iphone- green, blue, and purple. This space is becoming extremely flexible yet custom for the clients needs. We are working with companies such as Big Ass Solutions, Armstrong Ceilings, and Shaw carpets for customization of items such as ceiling fans, lighting, cloud ceiling, hanging fixtures, and flooring patterns. This is building a strong relationship between these sales reps and are creating an interesting group of collaborators to solve design problems and make solutions for this space. I have enjoyed building the relationships and working so closely with people who know all of the options available for us as designers- even in custom.

I have been put in charge or selecting finishes, creating a sketchup model, and using both in order to create a concept and finishes plan.

This week I also went on an errand to Sherwin Williams to get a bunch of paint samples for the materials board. My materials board is incomplete until after spring break, but I am thinking to incorporate the actual phone app images and laying them out to the colors that were inspired from the icons. There is an interesting contrast of materials in regards to the natural and the technological. Using elements such as a stone water wall contrasted with purple back painted glass word graphic is not normally something that I would jump out of the box and do. It is going to look nice, but conceptually struggles due to client wants. As the designer, we just have to go with what they prefer and we are going to do just that.

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Color Palette of Living Water

A short week

This week I only worked at CMW for a short few days. Today I was given a new project in Mount Sterling, Kentucky for a contemporary non-denominational church. The space is being designed in four phases. The first phase of the design is the narthex. In the narthex we are creating a cool color palette in response to the water theme. There will be a temporary entrance to the building until phase three so we have to plan for finishes and design for both entrances at opposite ends of the space. I am really excited for this project because it is going to be more of my style of design in comparison to their normal design. Function and aesthetics are going to be of importance. The difficulty that I am going to face during this project is how to put aside my person preferences in a religious environment for the sake of what the client wants. I am traditional in my style of church and will need to understand the concept of pushing aside personal opinions in order to produce something in regards to modern technology and bright colors. We are implementing technology walls that resemble iphones in order to display information in a scrolling fashion. There are two primary check in stations in the center which are custom designed for children to go to before child worship. These are just some of the large scale features we are adding into this grand design!

I am spending the rest of my week in NYC with Patrick and Sabrina so I will not be working anymore. But I will be documenting great ideas so I can be inspired for this upcoming project!

Planning for Living Waters Color Scheme and Materials!

Planning for Living Waters Color Scheme and Materials!

Analyzing the carpet repeats in the basement of CMW

Analyzing the carpet repeats in the basement of CMW

Analyzing the carpet repeats in the basement of CMW

Analyzing the carpet repeats in the basement of CMW