Program



2018-2019 TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitat Competition
International Student Design Competition
  

PROGRAM
The diversified program proposes several spatial conditions, span distances, use and environmental criteria in order to elicit a diverse group of architectural compositions and technological solutions that incorporate the use of differing structural, framing, and detail-oriented components. Such conditions may be:

  • Vertical mid-rise framing (i.e. mass timber systems such as nail laminated timber, dowel laminated timber and cross laminated timber)
  • Interior partitioning (stud framing or modular panelized systems)
  • Exterior cladding (modular assemblies)
  • Long-span structure (glu-lam beams, mechanically laminated timber, and other composite members)

Community Wellness Center

The community wellness center will serve both residents of the on-site housing and also residents and workers from nearby neighborhoods. Drawing on the historic role of the gymnasium as a center for both physical and also mental and emotional health, the center will include a range of spaces for individual and group exercise, as well as multifunctional large-span spaces for pools and indoor team sports that are envisioned to be able to serve community- wide events. The intersection between the pool and the adjacent East River, and the fitness area and the riverfront park are key site conditions to consider in the organization and design of this component of the project.

Early Childhood Education Center

Complementing the residential portion of this project is the integration of a early childhood education center for 135 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years (infants through pre-kindergarten). With changes in family structures and the increasing requirement that both parents work to meet the challenges of living in cities, the role performed by early childhood education centers in the long-term development of children is increasing in importance. Unfortunately, a significant number of such facilities are limited by tight budgets and compromised facilities. This competition asks students to carefully consider the spatial, material and organization of this key educational facility in the development of young children from scratch. Careful attention needs to be placed on the choice of materials to support the growth of infants and young children whose bodies are highly susceptible to the influence of their environment, and the interrelationship between interior learning space and exterior playscapes in a city where children have limited access to outdoor learning environments.

The early childhood education center will provide 10 individual classrooms broken down by age, from infant continuity rooms, to preschool and then prekindergarten. Children attending this facility are to be drawn from the new housing on the site, and the surrounding neighborhood. These classrooms are complemented by gross motor rooms (playrooms), indoor and exterior play/inquiry area, and staff and administrative support spaces. With classrooms dedicated to pre-kindergarten aged children, this program intentionally dovetail into the New York City Universal Pre-K (UPK) program launched in 2014. The program enables students in the country’s largest public school district to begin school a year before kindergarten – this year, over 70,000 4-year-olds were enrolled in the program across the five boroughs.

Living

The program challenges entrants to imagine new possibilities for the future of urban living. What is the relationship between the individual dwelling unit and the collective aggregation of units? How does a large housing development inculcate a strong sense of community through its programming, organization, and form? What is the relationship between interior and exterior spaces, uses, and views and how is daylighting incorporated into each unit? What are the health issues related to the choice of materials and how can the use of timber and wood be leveraged to create living spaces that are connected to natural systems and biophilic responses to constructed environments. Residences in this project are a mix of small units for single or double occupancy and larger, family-based units with more than one bedroom. All apartments must have exposure to natural light and air, as well as rooms that meet minimum

PROGRAM DISTRIBUTION

COMMUNITY WELLNESS CENTER 
Program

Individual Sq. Ft.

Quantity

Total


Entry/lobby

500

1

500

Large open indoor track/court sports

7,500

1

7,500

Group fitness class rooms

750

3

2,250

Weight/cardio machine room

3,000

1

3,000

Olympic lap pool

3,000

1

3,500

Family pool

1,500

1

1,500

Locker Rooms

500

2

1,000

Staff and administration

500

1

500

Community Wellness Center Subtotal

19,750

Gross (Mechanical / Circulation)

15% SF

2,963

Community Wellness Center Total

22,713

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER 
Program

Individual Sq. Ft.

Quantity

Total


Security/lobby

500

1

500

Classrooms age 0-2 (8 kids each)

800 3,200 
    * Must include: one single-occupant child’s WCs, one small laundry room, one changing table 

Classrooms, age 2-3 (15 kids each)

900

2

1,800

    * Must include: two single-occupant child’s WCs, one small laundry room

Classrooms, Pre-K (18 kids)

1,000

4

4,000

    * Must include: two single-occupant child’s WCs, one small laundry room

Indoor inquiry/play rooms

1,500

2

3,000

Art classroom

1,500

1

1,500

Music/dance classroom

1,500

1

1,500

Secure outdoor inquiry/play area

4,000 (minimum)

1

4,000

Auditorium (300)

4,000

1

4,000

Administration

250

1

250

Principal’s office

200

1

200

Adult bathrooms

50

2

100

SUBTOTAL

24,050

   
  
     

RESIDENTIAL

Apartment         Types

Individual Sq. Ft.

Quantity

Total


Micro Units

325

20

6,500

1 Bedroom

650

20

13,000

2 Bedroom

850

25

21,250

3 Bedroom

1,000

35

35,000

Laundry

750

1

750

Lobby/mail

1,500

1

1,500

Restrooms

300

1

300

Bike parking

1,500

1

1,500

Bike maintenance/storage

400

1

400

Residential Subtotal

80,200

Gross (Mechanical / Circulation)

14% Residential GSF

11,228

Residential Total

91,428


 

PROGRAM TOTAL

145,406

PUBLIC EXTERIOR SPACE (minimum)

25,000


  

SITE INFORMATION
The site for the competition is located at 42-02 and 42-16 Vernon Boulevard in Queens, New York., immediately south of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and to the west of the East River overlooking Roosevelt Island. These two parcels are to be considered together as the boundary for the project. An existing historic structure is located on 42-16 Vernon Boulevard and this building is to be kept and integrated into the design of the project. The site is a total of 110,000 square feet and measures 130’ by 510’.

The site was the former home of the New York Architectural Terra-Cotta Works, with the front office building remaining from the original factory complex. The site currently has a flexible and expansive zoning designation that allows for mixed-us development to encourage waterfront development. This zoning allows for an FAR of 10, and includes residential along with commercial designations.

The waterfront of Queens has undergone significant transformation over the last two decades, shifting from industrial and warehouse facilities to increasingly mixed-use and public space designations. The competition anticipates that a public waterfront for pedestrians and cyclists will run north-south, connecting Hunter’s Point developments to the south up to Rainey Park and Socrates Sculpture Park to the north.

CODE AND ZONING INFORMATION
As a basis of design, competitors are to use the 2021 IBC code for mass timber construction. The proposed 2021 code changes to Construction Type IV to allow for additional height with reduced percentages of exposed timber. NYC Building Code is in the process of adopting a new timber code for incorporation into the cities building code and this competition anticipates a future adoption of aspects of the IBC model code. Please note that in reference to timber construction, one of the goals of this competition is to explore new construction opportunities enabled by contemporary timber technology that may not yet be anticipated or fully embraced by the current NYC code. Each entry is encouraged to understand the potential of contemporary timber systems, drawing from available resources and comparable code reviews from other jurisdictions and governmental agencies, as they pertain to new timber and wood systems, to inform the submitted design. Accessibility guidelines need to be followed; refer to the Americans with Disabilities Act, along with the principals of Universal Design. Refer to NYC Zoning Resolution for building setbacks, heights and massing for the M1-5 site.

  

  
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