Preliminary Design

After visiting the site we have started to design. Between the twelve of us we have a few hundred sketches. Everyone is exploring the site, intended uses, climate, culture, materials, sustainable strategies, codes, ADA requirements, and even more to produce diagrams and concepts. Collaborating our ideas and goals together to produce a single design concept is a great challenge, but so far we are doing so expediently.
Another challenge we have taken upon ourselves is the Living Building Challenge. This, to our knowledge, is the most strict sustainable design challenge using the most advanced methods in measuring sustainability. Its main areas are site, water, energy, health, materials, equity, and beauty. This undertaking will be one of our greatest challenges, but even if we realize the task is impossible for this project, the final product will be an incredibly sustainable building.