Virtual Event via Zoom
AIA CREDIT: Yes
The modernization of an occupied 1968 Federal courthouse presented many challenges, including restoring “distinguishing architectural features” (canopies, façade), renovating 188,000 square feet of courtrooms and offices on 3 floors, replacing MEP and life safety systems to achieve a LEED Platinum certification, and creating a new “First Impression” entry Pavilion addition that conveyed the transparency of the judicial process while consolidating previously separate Court and Post Office entries and incorporating a new single security checkpoint.
This presentation will discuss the challenges and opportunities of the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building modernization project and the process of designing a simple, artfully detailed glass Pavilion that met the security performance requirements for the agencies.
- Gain insight into the design approach and execution of Mid-Century building modernization.
- Understand the special security considerations in designing public buildings.
- Understand the challenges of incorporating threat-resistant elements into a transparent glass structure.
- Understand the architectural and structural detailing required to achieve the original design intent while incorporating enhanced security requirements.
Thomas Hoepf, FAIA, is Senior Vice President and Global Design Director at EXP Architects + Engineers in Chicago. His experience includes a broad range of project types for public and private clients, with a focus on major modernizations that transform underperforming buildings. As design leader, Tom’s approach is guided by the principle that design excellence is an outcome of an integrated and collaborative process involving not just architects, but also engineers, stakeholders and, where possible, constructors. To that end he leads a multidisciplined team, is flexible and open to creative input, and builds consensus among team members to maintain vision and quality through the duration of the project.
Tom’s projects have won numerous design awards, including 40 National, Regional and Local AIA Design Excellence Awards, and have been widely published. Tom is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, a GSA National Design Excellence Peer, and has served on the Board of Directors for both AIA Illinois and AIA Chicago, as well as Chair of the AIA Chicago Design Committee, Young Architects Committee and the Chicago Architectural Club. He is an advocate for mentorship of emerging professionals through his long-time participation in the AIA Chicago Bridge Mentorship program, as mentor for the University of Illinois Chicago’s Engineering Capstone Studio Project and as Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he teaches graduate design studio.
VIRTUAL MEETING REGISTRATION & LOGIN INFORMATION:
For BEC Chicago members, an invite with REGISTRATION LINK will be sent out approximately 7 to 10 days in advance of event. After registration, a confirmation email with LOG IN INFORMATION with be sent for the virtual meeting that will be hosted through ZOOM. For non-BEC Chicago members interested in attending, you may contact Jeff Diqui at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invite. The invitation will include a REGISTRATION LINK.