Phase 4: Site Analysis

Assignment Overview

Students will work in teams to research and identify an appropriate building shell for the senior capstone project. Indicate the shell you will investigate by adding your name in the table below. 

Assignment Overview
        Possible Building Shells
        Assignment Specifics
                Site Report
                Historic Research
                Site Analysis Drawings
                Photo Documentation of Building Shell
        Week 15  /  DEC 2
        Week 16  /  DEC 9
        Week 16  /  DEC 14: Final Critique
                Outside Critique

Possible Building Shells

 Location Student Team (max 2)
Mixed Use Building
1229 King Street, Alexandria VA
1st Floor:    2,500 GSF    (can be expanded to 6,000 GSF)
2nd Floor:    6,000 GSF
3rd Floor:    6,000 GSF
Total Size:     14,500 GSF
This three-story, mixed use building sits on a corner in a downtown historic urban area. The ground floor of the building is currently used for retail use, with a common elevator lobby serving the office workers in the two floors of tenant office space above. It is a new building, integrated around an existing town house, and the exterior of the building is concrete and masonry. The building has three elevations with windows, facing the main thoroughfare on the east face, a cross street on the south face and an alley on the west face.  

Laura Hiribarren
Jennifer Castellanos
ALEXANDRIA Office Building ( new ) 
1701 Duke Street,  Alexandria, VA

1st Floor  through 4th floor: 25,000 GSF
5th Floor:  15,000 GSF
Total Size: 115,000 GSF
This five-story building is currently a mixed use occupancy of mercantile and assembly first floor and remaining floors business. Features a modern façade with brick masonry. Glass entry canopy and vestibule compliments the exterior curtain wall. Contains 30’ x 40’ column spacing, 9’celings (total 11’ with 2’ plenum). Fifth floor contains private 1,800 roof terrace.

Cherie Oudomsouk
MLK Library
901 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Designed by Mies van der Rohe (felipe’s fav. Architect). Serves as the headquarters for DC’s library system. 400,000sqft, 5 floors. No parking garage (only street parking, extremely busy part of DC so hard to find street parking). Internationalist style. 

Felipe Bravo
DC Building

Livi Pejo
Aisha Mohamood
alexandra susi
Caitlyn P

Alexandria Libraries - Duncan Branch

2501 Commonwealth Ave, Alexandria, VA

1st Floor:    12,300 GSF
Total Size:     12,300 GSF
This single-story building is currently being used as a community library, and is part of a larger cluster of buildings that house the elementary school and the community center in a small urban neighborhood. It is a masonry building, with mostly clerestory windows at the perimeter except for those projections that are full height glass, and large masonry columns throughout the space.

Kelly Zimmer
Mariana Burgos
Tenant Office Building

4001 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA

1st Floor:    10,700 GSF
2nd-4th Floor:    12,000 GSF
5th Floor:    8,000 GSF
Total Size:     54,700 GSF
This tenant office building in Shirlington is currently occupied by the Capital City Brewery. You may select the ground floor or one of the upper floors.

Laura Patrick
Kaitlynn C
Tenant Office Building

1875 Explorer St, Reston, VA

1st Floor:    7,300 GSF
Total Size:     7,300 GSF
This tenant office building in Reston is located on the southeast corner of Market Street & Explorer Street.

Dulles International Airport
Chantilly VA

Main terminal area below old tower
Total Size Area: 9100 GSF
Currently houses offices and small museum items of the airports history. The space is located in the main terminal area below the old tower --- currently not in use. The space is a large square space that contains elevators to the upper tower (to be turned into a restaurant) and the lower level containing the concourse shuttle trains. Space contains glazing (glass curtain wall) on three sides.
11’ ceiling heights with 2’ plenum.

The Barnes at Hamilton Station Vineyards
16804 Hamilton Station Road, Hamilton VA

Each barn: 2 floors totaling 2250 GSF, can add connector and outside areas to add 5000 + in GSF
Located off Route 7 in the historic town of Hamilton in Loudoun County. Beautiful scenes surround two restored stone and wood dairy farms.


The Garrett-Jacob Mansions
11 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD

Total Size: 40,000 GSF
This four-story building is a historic home currently used for event and houses the Engineers Club of Baltimore. It is a unique building that combines the works of renowned architect Stanford White and the interior words of John Russell Pope. The mansion is of the Beaux Art period, defining nineteenth century architecture and interiors.


Assignment Specifics

Site Report
Each team will assemble the results of their research in two complementary formats: an 8 1/2" x 11" one  to two page typed, and a Power Point presentation of related visual material.  The report should contain a complete bibliography and summary of all sources consulted. In addition to the bound report, please be prepared to submit a PDF of the report and a digital copy of your Power Point presentation.

Historic Research
Historical Research, Context: the gathering of contemporary and period materials: photographs, articles, and other visual and written documentation relating to the history and growth of the town and region both generally and as they specifically pertain to the building and site in question.    
Historical Research, Building Type:  research into the evolution of the building type in question focusing upon the period of its original construction, but also including information pertaining to more recent developments and examples of its type.

Site Analysis Drawings
Neighborhood Map: Neighborhood characteristics usually have a greater impact on the design of new buildings than on interior spaces. They can, however, be relevant to interiors when they have dominant tendencies, as in the case of an historic neighborhood, a suburban neighborhood, or an urban neighborhood. (Rengel 2007)  Your neighborhood map should:
  • Include the city block of the site plus three additional blocks in all directions;
  • Indicate transportation infrastructure such as: parking locations (if applicable), bus stops, metro stops, railroad stations, and alternate modes of transportation;
  • Indicate important programmatic spaces in adjacent buildings that appear on the map;
  • Identify significant views or natural features of the immediate site.

Environmental Features Map: Environmental factors on the immediate site have a great impact on the decisions made during the design process. Specifically, these environmental features / factors influence the interior zoning of the program. Your environmental feature map should:
  • Include the city block of the site plus 1/2 of the neighboring blocks in all directions;
  • Indicate the shape and location of the building footprint;
  • Indicate the most significant natural features including water, trees, landscaping, etc;
  • Indicate major slopes in the landscape on the site;
  • Identify significant views or natural features of the immediate site;
  • Identify significant environmental factors such as prevailing wind, natural light, loud noises, and strong smells.
  • Identify other significant environmental features on your site.
Circulation Map: Circulation analysis drawings identify major circulation paths through the site and access points to the building.  Your circulation map should:
  • Include the city block of the site plus 1/2 of the neighboring blocks in all directions;
  • Using line weight and/or color, indicate major methods of circulation (pedestrian, bicycle, vehicular, delivery);
  • Identify the major pedestrian entrances to your building and identify which are ADA accessible;
  • Identify the delivery entrance(s) to your building (if applicable);
  • Identify other significant modes of circulation on your site.
Photo Documentation of Building Shell:
  • Photographs: Elevations; Characteristic or Distinguishing Features or  Details; Contemporary, Period Photographs, Postcards
  • Near and Far, General and Particular, Serial and/or Panoramic Views of Building and Surroundings (including and excluding context)


Week 15  /  DEC 2

Student teams collaborate on collected research (listed above) and prepare for presentation. Class time may be used to create presentation quality maps and the power point presentation.

Week 16  /  DEC 9

Each team presents building site analysis. Students select building shell for capstone project.

Week 16  /  DEC 14: Final Critique

Outside Critique
Information to be announced.