Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Program RFI's

What is an RFI? A Request For Information is a common formal method for a contractor to gather data, clarifications and design intent information from the design professional or client. Like any project we have had a couple questions about the program intent. Here is a list of the questions and answers for further direction or clarification.

1.     Is there a required layout or orientation of the main pool area?

a.     The only requirement is that the 75’x75’ general pool has (4) 10’x20’ finger pools for specific functions in an H shape. Student may offset, shift or rotate the layout of these 5 pool areas as they wish. Two BIM/CAD Pools REVIT families are in the resource folders; one is a set 75’x75’ H shape pool, the other is a parametric pool that that can be pieced together to offset or shift the finger pool in any location. Student can also create or modify the given resources anyway they want to arrange the pool in any fashion to resemble an overall H shaped layout. Below are some examples:
2.     The program states there are to be (10) individual private shower/toilet areas at 75 s.f. each.  Are they individual rooms with toilets and sinks?  Are they grouped together? 

a.     The Individual private shower/toilet areas are to include a shower, toilet, and sink however the fixtures do not need to be shown on the floor plan.  The designer can incorporate the location as they see fit however they need to be adjacent to the pool area and accessible for public camp use.

3.     Can the building be multistory?

a.     The facility may be one or two stories, but remember to protect the views of the lake from the future Dining Hall at the top of the hill.  If the student decides to design a multiple story facility then the building shall include a minimum of one staircase (minimum 4’ wide) and an elevator shaft (6’x8’).

4.     In lieu of creating a rendering, can a student build contours out of foam core and then 3D print all of the buildings to create a model? 

a.     Physical 3D models may be constructed rather than digital renderings, however photos need to be taken and placed on the board to be submitted at the completion of the project for judging. 3D models were phased out of the HSDC as an award category with digital rendering capabilities becoming available in schools. The student is more that welcome to bring their constructed model to display at the awards banquet in April. If there is are a decent amount of physical models this year, this award may be placed back in the award list for the 2017 program.

5.     Should the design take into consideration safety, security or controlled access to the pool area?

a.     Ideally the main entrance into the pool area should be through the entry lobby past the check-in area. Students should be conscious of the general pool area access, but nothing is required to isolate or protecting the area. Students may choose to place a fence, retaining wall, vegetation, seating or any other obstacles that may address this issue, but not required.
Thank you for the great questions and please feel free to email us if you have any more.