For this project, the school district was proposing a new, state-of-the-art career technical education high school – a modern take on the “vo-tech,” or vocational technical education schools most prevalent over the past 50 years. Several key factors, relating to the design and construction of the new school, were of critical concern to the district. These factors included the siting of the school on one of two available sites, and designing and building a school that could evolve in form and function as private industry, technology, and in turn, the curriculum, evolved over time.
But these weren’t simple renderings, rather, these concepts were “live” 3D models, the general size, shape and volumes of which were providing real-time cost feedback mid-presentation. The various program spaces, depicted by these color-coded volumetric masses, carried specific cost per square feet, tailored to account for both major building systems, as well as the specific programmatic needs of that given space. As you’d expect, the cost per square foot of a given space was commensurate with the complexity of the space.