The Livingston Avenue Elementary School project was designed by Jim Bender and Sara Laymen and I assisted in the design by producing all the AutoCAD drawings and modeling the building in SketchUp and Form Z. While I was employed by JLBender we were contracted to do schematic design, design development, and construction documents. I worked closely with the project management team for the Columbus City Schools and learned quite a bit about the red tape that architects are required to go through when designing public schools in Ohio.
Everything from width of the corridors, to type color and size of materials was under scrutiny.
On this project it was my job to stress the importance of the design with the project management team and provide reasons for each and every design decision. Items that were not validated would be value engineered by changing them or removing them.
Unfortunately for the project and for me, I was no longer with JLBender, Inc. when the building was in the Construction Administration phase and many subtle design elements were lost or changed.
The building, still, has become a bright spot in the otherwise run-down community and I am very proud of the work that we were able to do.
Location: Columbus, OH, US