ARE 5.0 Project Planning & Design Exam Prep

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In this ARE 5.0 NCARB-approved Project Planning and Design Exam Prep course you will learn about the topics covered in the ARE 5.0 PPD exam division. A complete and comprehensive curriculum, this course will touch on each of the NCARB objectives for the ARE 5.0 Project Planning and Design Exam.

Instructor Mike Newman will discuss issues related to the generation or evaluation of design alternatives that synthesize environmental, cultural, behavioral, technical and economic issues.

When you are done with this course, you will have a thorough understanding of the content covered in the ARE 5.0 Project Planning and Design Exam including design concepts, sustainability/environmental design, universal design, and other forms of governing codes and regulations. 

Hi I am Matt Burns, Vice President at EV&A Architects and today I'm going to talk to you about the 2 Summerlin office building, here in Las Vegas, Nevada. So this is the first floor plan and we have your entry here on the east side. With a common corridor. One thing to note is that we're just doing a core and shell on this project so we're doing all the common corridors, the mechanical rooms, electrical rooms, stair cores and the restrooms. The rest of the space that you see here that's all shaded out will be done by the tenants and their contractors and they'll be built out as the spaces are leased up.

Because this is a high rise in Clark County we're required to have a emergency electrical room, a fire command room and our fire riser room, all on the south side of the building. Just outside this room there's the emergency generator as well as the main switch gear for the building that comes in. Every single floor has an electrical room, two stairs, a common restroom, two passenger elevators, and a freight elevator.

One of the things that we did with the freight elevator is we have it opening from the front and the back so that as there's maintenance done on one of the passenger elevators they can bring it online and use it as kind of a backup. You'll notice the mechanical room here has the VAV in it. And if I go to the roof plan, so where the rest of the mechanical system is located, there's two cooling towers, some fans, and the heat exchanger is located on the roof. So with the bulk of the mechanical system being located on the roof we had to coordinate with the mechanical engineer to bring all the shafts into the building as well as some of the exhaust shafts for the smoke purge.

And those are what you're seeing here along the stairs. Not only do we have to coordinate with the mechanical engineer but also with the structural engineer for all the penetrations in the building.

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ARE 5.0 Project Planning & Design Exam Prep

Duration: 31h

Author: Mike Newman