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Get Space Tigard and Pacific Planning

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Get Space Tigard and Pacific Planning

Today's post is about another of our Get Space projects. This project had a unique site that presented a number of challenges. It also had to apply for a conditional use permit, which means we had to put together a presentation for the city.

We thought we would share that presentation to give a little insight into our process and show that while this building might look fancy for a storage project, it is really just a rational response to the site conditions and branding efforts of the project. We hope you enjoy.

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Get Space 82nd Ave

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Get Space 82nd Ave

So here at di'velept we get to work with working with the best self storage developers in the world, Get Space.

Often when I first tell people that I am an architect on self storage I can see that look in their face. "self storage huh?" But what ever image you have in your head of what self storage looks like, get rid of it. All of these projects are multi-floor buildings that are designed to be the coolest projects on the block. 

Our most recent project to be designed and turned into the city is P82. After the drawings were finished and sleep was caught up on it was time to do a couple of quick renderings to give an idea of what this project is going to look like. After seeing these renderings we are even more excited.

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Virtual Walkthrough

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Virtual Walkthrough

Howdy

In today’s post we are going to talk a little bit about why you should be using virtual reality for your projects. It really all comes down to communication.

Jargon - special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.

Jargon is a communication problem for all kinds of folks. In addition to normal Language jargon Architects also have an additional stumbling block of drawing jargon.

At di’velept we get a bunch of opprotunities to talk with wonderful people. Those people all vary in their ability to look at a floor plan drawing and then be able know how the space is going to look in “their mind's eye”. Most everyone knows that basics, but without pretty expensive experience it is neigh impossible to look at that hallway on plan and know if it is going to feel like it is the right size.

This is why we feel there should be some sort of virtual reality exploration on all the projects we do. That does not always mean that you need to be strapping on a headset to look around your project, although we really love that option. It might just mean that we sit down together and review the 3D computer model. Or it might mean a 360° video walkthrough of your space. This is one of our favorite new technologies. Take a minute to view the video below. You can look around as the video plays, or if you want to look around longer from a specific vantage point you can press pause and continue to look around.

daylight analysis

In addition to just using virtual technologies to double check how things look, we will also help you have a great project by using virtual technologies to make sure work. We wrote a recent post about using computer modeling to calculate the amount of daylight a room is getting and if you need more (or less) windows. Or we wrote this post about using a computer model to catch beams sticking through ceilings long before the ceiling is built.

If you are thinking about a building a new project or remodeling something and leveraging this this technology to make sure your project is the best it can be send us a note.

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I love technology...

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I love technology...

I was recently describing some of the ways that di'velept is different from other firms. One of the main things that we do to differentiate ourselves is our use of technology. A lot of small firms are not known for being up to date on all of the latest trends in tech. We are trying to buck that trend.

Every project that goes through our office is model in 3d. Many of them are hosted on the cloud so that anyone we give access to can see the most up to date drawings at any time. Pretty cool right? Sometimes it feels like star trek over here.

Doing 3d models for every project give us the ability to resolve conflicts during design and helps our clients be able to visualize the spaces we are designing. One of the tools we feel is really helpful is 3D panoramas. Check out this link for an example. 

http://pano.autodesk.com/pano.html?url=jpgs/18c9b6aa-4f2c-41b1-b8f6-b7b286db24c8

We love using these images because they allow everyone to be on the same page. Even people who can't make heads or tails of plans can understand these images.

Another technology we love is computer daylight analysis. Does your kitchen have enough windows, or maybe to many? We can you use our technology to see just how much light you can expect, like this image that shows the light distribution in a living kitchen space.

Today's post is super short, but I was just in awe of the technology that I get to use so it was worth a share.

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