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Final Construction Documents

Finish Plans & Schedule

Furniture Plans & Schedule

Accessories Schedule

Our final project for the semester was to create a series of construction documents for finishes furniture and accessories.  Doing the accessories schedule really helped me to feel like the spaces were finally finished.  The documents were to be done for five spaces in our senior project’s facility.  In the dance academy I chose to do the schedules and plans for the:

  • Dance Studio
  • Arrival/Reception/Performance Lobby
  • Cafe/Lounge
  • T.V. Lounge
  • Retail Store

Commencement Speech Update*

I am finally done writing my commencement speech.  It sends the message that I wanted it to in a way that is not dull or dry, and has some humor that all of the students will be able to relate to.  The speech overall gives hope for the future and I am really excited, now that it is written, for graduation day to finally get here so I can get it over with and be a University of Arkansas Alumni.

I hope you all have enjoyed following my journey as a senior interior design student, and hopefully I will have the opportunity to continue this blog with my professional work so that I can continue to keep you all up to date on things going on in my professional career.

Thanks for reading!

JMC ❤

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Job Search

My very last class is in 4 DAYS, I graduate in 13 DAYS and I’ve got to finish up my final project, write my commencement speech, and continue work in my internship.  I’m feeling a little crazed as all of this comes together but I couldn’t be more excited.

Internship

After I graduate I will continue to work for Lewis & Clark Outfitters  designing a brand new retail store that they are bring to the University of Arkansas campus.  It will be located right next to TCBY in the Garland parking garage.  I have been blessed to be involved with quite a bit of the process.  Things that I have done up to now and will do include but are not limited to:

  • Space Planning
  • Furniture, Fixture, and Finish Selections
  • Concept Ideation
  • Store “Theme” Design
  • Signage Design
  • Custom Fixture Design
  • Marketing Ideation
  • Merchandise Selection

I am very excited to get the store under construction in the next week.  All of the planning up to this point will start to come together and I cannot wait to see the finished project.  Keep up with my blog and I will start posting updates on that after graduation!

Commencement Speech

My commencement speech…Where should I start…No really.  Where should I start?  I have been awarded the Senior Scholar award which is given to the person with the highest GPA in the Fay Jones School of Architecture.  I knew that throughout my college career I worked incredibly hard to do my very best in everything that was put in front of me.  I did not however, think that I would end up with this award… I guess I assumed that everyone else was working just as hard as me and were at the same level as me.  In NO WAY did I think that I would have the highest grade point average.  I feel very blessed to have received this award and recognition for all of my hard work.  I am also overwhelmed by the idea of speaking in front of a hundred or more people, but I REALLY have to get on top of this.  My goal this week is to get it written so that I can become familiar with it by graduation.

My goals for my commencement speech are to make it:

  • Not too long
  • Not too short
  • Not boring
  • Funny in some way
  • Make sense 😉
  • Not ramble on and on

Basically, I just need to get started on this and I’ll update you all on my progress next week!

My mom and husband were able to come to the awards ceremony to see me receive my award.

Job Search

My blog post IS titled Job Search, so I should probably talk about that.  I have not spent a lot of time searching for a job just yet because I am working for Lewis and Clark currently on the retail design and will continue to work for them after graduation until the store is finished and open!  We are wanting the store to be open around June 1st and I will probably be with them until mid June early July.  Therefore, I have not worried myself with finding a job just yet because I won’t be able to start for a while.  I have been focused on one firm in particular, Harrison French, in Bentonville, Arkansas.  Many interior design students have graduated and gone on to work for this company.

I have done quite a bit of research the past few days just to start looking at my other options and to get my resume out to multiple firms.  I will probably start that process after graduation so that I can put more of my focus into it.  I have a large list of opportunities and I am excited for wherever my future takes me.  I am not worried about finding a job at this moment.  I know that I can always go back and work for my favorite boss at MACA Clothe (A REALLY cute women’s boutique in Fayetteville, Arkansas).  I absolutely love what I do and I have a serious passion for Interior Design, but I’ve got my whole life ahead of me to do that.  I will have my degree in 2 weeks and that is what matters to me!  I plan to take one day at a time and God will guide me where he wants me.

Keep up with me and I will continue to post about my life’s adventures!

JMC ❤

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Final Presentation

Presentation Layout

I apologize for the crooked floor plans.  After I presented and had pulled the ceiling plans out from behind, the board came unpinned.

During Presentation

So happy to be done with not only my presentation, but the project as a whole!  I am very pleased with the way that it all turned out and I am so glad that I chose something that I am very passionate about to design.  I LOVE this project and I LOVE the final outcome!

Perspective Board Up Close

Video of Presentation:

Final presentation video

Thank you all for watching my process along the way and commenting with positive words and feedback!

JMC ❤

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The Legacy Dance Academy: Final Product

Occupied Floors

Relationship Map to the Walton Arts Center

Floor and Ceiling Plans

Arrival/Reception

Dance Studio

Cafe/Lounge

Retail Store

Viewing Lounge

Makeup Room

T.V. Room

Sections

It’s all in the Details

                

I couldn’t be happier with how the overall project turned out.  After uncountable sleepless nights and a lot of work, my senior project is done and ready for presentation.  I hope you all have enjoyed watching the project’s progress.  The images are produced using Autodesk Revit Architecture, Photoshop & InDesign.

I’m going to try and have someone film my presentation and I may be able to get that on here for you all to understand the process a little bit more in depth.

Thanks for following!

JMC ❤

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Just a Tease

Here is a teaser image to hold you over until Monday which is when I upload all of my final images to be turned in!

I cannot believe that I am this close to finishing and that all of this hard work has almost come to an end.  I am very satisfied with what I have produced for the Legacy Dance Academy, and I hope that you all enjoy it as well.

 

Final Cafe/Lounge

I know you all have seen this image already, but I can’t give away all of the good stuff just yet!

 

Stay posted for Monday!

Thanks for reading.

 

JMC<3

 

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Practice Renderings

Dance Studio (11×17 Final)

This space represents what my facility is all about, therefore it will be one of two of my large perspectives in my presentation.  This is a practice rendering and draperies still have to be added.  The space will be much brighter after being rendered in the cloud and photoshopped.

Arrival/Reception (11×17 Final)

This space shows what you see when you enter the academy on the most public floor.  The final view will be slightly different, with sun shades added to the windows, base molding added to the walls and a soffit above the elevators with architectural lighting.  I am currently working on the view beyond this space and making sure it is illuminated enough to be visible and understood. This space is integral to the concept of the dance academy in that it communicates movement which enhances the main concept of unity.

Cafe/Lounge (8×10 Final)

This is the only space that has been sent to the cloud and photoshopped to be lightened up and to reflect the true materials and colors.  The only thing left to do to this space is to add people as scaled figures. Retail Store (8×10 Final)

Retail Store (8×10 Final)

This image is rendered only on draft to determine what time of day allowed the space to show up the best.  This gives you an idea of what is going on and objects will be inserted in using photoshop after it is rendered in the cloud.

Circulation Viewing Space (5×7 Final)

The circulation space will have tufted chartreuse seat cushions photoshopped in and will be lightened as well.

MakeUP Room (5×7 Final)

This image is not from the cloud, but has been sent but not photoshopped just yet.  The image will be lightened and accessories will be added using photoshop.

T.V. Room (5×7 Final)

This is a draft rendering of the space where the dancer’s guardians and family members can come and watch their practices through closed circuit cameras in the studios.  The image will be lightened in photoshop dramatically.  Check out that carpet pattern… it is from Shaw Contract Group.  I am happy with how it turned out.

 

Thank you for reading!  Leave feedback and let me know what you think 🙂

 

JMC ❤

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Practice Rendering Process

For the past several mornings, days, and nights I have been working countless hours to assign materials to all surfaces, insert, and manipulate lighting to create a realistic perspective of the most important spaces in the Legacy Dance Academy.

Several spaces have materials assigned, but I have not been able to work in all of the spaces to make the lighting make sense.  The few spaces that I feel I have perfected the lighting are the Reception arrival space, the Makeup room, and the small dance studio.

All of these images are produced using Autodesk Revit Architecture

Reception Arrival Space

Make up Room

Small Dance Studio

All images have been rendered on a low quality other than the makeup room on medium.

Let me know what you think!  The lighting in the dance studio needs more work.  I’ll post new pictures that are rendered on a higher level as soon as I get them done.

JMC ❤

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Retail Design

These plans and sections are the product of one of our last 3 hour charettes.  I chose to design the store, because it is an interesting space in my facility.  I apologize for the quality of the images.

Ceiling & Floor Plan

I manipulated the ceiling plan to communicate my concept of movement and to create interest in the space.  I really enjoy working with the ceiling plane in any plan because I feel like it is a HUGE part of how a user experiences the space.  Everywhere I go I’m always looking UP to see how the architect/designer has communicated the spaces, wayfinding, etc.

In my final ceiling plan I decided to go with a more sinuous curve in the soffit over the cash wrap and mimic that same curve in the cash wrap design itself, which you will see in a perspective later in this post.  The sinuous curve matches that of the soffits over the window displays that is drawn in this current ceiling plan.

A mixture of recessed can lighting and track lighting will be specified to illuminate not only the space, but to highlight the product in the store as well.

 

The floor plan’s basic layout has the shoe section being on the far left with product display being on shelves against the wall.  The “boxes” up against the windows will display the individual styles of shoes.  (this can be seen clearer in section and perspective).

The lower right section of the plan will contain all of the dance apparel such as leotards, skirts, shorts, and tops on face-out display fixtures as well as two floor standing fixtures.

The top right section will contain “gifts” such as posters or prints related to dance, books about dance, picture frames, etc.

The small sections of visible wall will be built out to mimic the build out around the columns and mirrors will be placed on those sections.

Sections

The top section faces the cash wrap.  The custom shelving on the sides of the cabinets will hold any product that would need to be displayed (in this image I have placed dance bags there) on the top three shelves.

The bottom two shelves and drawers are storage and display for dance tights.  There are so many varieties of dance tights, and I came up with the idea for this display with the inspiration from Victoria’s Secret and how they display their bras.  One style of tights will be faced out on display and possibly opened to be able to feel it and see it, while the size runs will be neatly contained in the drawers underneath the display.

The cabinets will be used for staff storage for materials and supplies.

The bottom sections shows the apparel face outs and the window displays better.  The soffits above the window displays will have lettering signage to show people where the style is that they may be looking for.

Revit Model Perspectives

After the charette I was really excited to get this space into Revit to see it in 3D.  I wanted to make sure that the “experience” that I was creating especially in the ceiling plane was not too much.  I would LOVE some feedback on what you all think!

View of Entrance into the Shop

View from Shoe Section

I know it is hard to imagine with out it being rendered with material selections and finishes.

 

So here is some of the FF&E that I have chosen for the space.

Flooring: Shaw Contract Group: City Maple in Alabaster

Window Display Concept:

Benches in Shoes: Hive Modern: Suzanne double lounge chair:

Upholstered in: Knoll Boucle in Chartreuse

Reception Desk Surface: Abet Laminati solid surfacing in White

& Countertop: Dupoint Corian in Arctic Lime (it has a much more green tint to it in person)

Display Fixtures: Store Supply Warehouse

 

I would absolutely appreciate any feedback that you all could give.  Let me know what you think of the space planning, material selections, color choices etc.

Thanks for  reading!

JMC<3

 

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Original Concept Design

Perspective

Section

Ceiling Plan

FF&E Selections

  • Architex Upholstery: Used on the Banquet Seats (You’ll see them in the newest design later)
  • White Wood Veneer Light fixture:  Used as pendants suspended through openings in the ceiling “cloud”
  • Small light Pendants: Used over the banquet tables
  • Steel Hardware: Used as drawer pulls on the cabinets (either one, I haven’t decided)
  • Coalesse Dining and Lounge Chairs:  Used for seating in the cafe/lounge
  • Pallas Upholstery: Used on the Coalesse Dining and Lounge chairs
  • Coalesse Table:  Used in a standard size as well as a smaller size to be used with the lounge chairs
  • Armstrong Striations Tiles: Used as the flooring in the cafe/lounge
  • Ice Stone Recycled Surface: Used as the counter top surface for the kitchenette
  • Jonsonite Laminate in Designer White: Used as the surface material for the cabinets in the kitchenette

   Cafe/Lounge Design Refined

***The Lighting shown in these images is obviously not the correct fixture that I have specified above.  The artichoke pendants are just place holders that will produce light in my Revit model.  The real fixtures will be Photoshoped in on top of these fixtures and an inner glow will be added to make the fixture itself look illuminated.

Changes that were made include:

  • The kitchenette has been reduced in size
  • Partition walls were added to contain the “space” of the kitchenette
  • Four sets of six foot long banquet seating have been added to increase the available seating
  • The ceiling “cloud” has been reduced to a single piece instead of two separate ones
  • More holes have been added which allows for more fixtures.
  • Architectural up-lighting will be introduced above the wall element that comes out over the banquet and kitchenette to add interest

The green line in the image shows where the flooring transition will take place.  The carpet tiles by Shaw Contract Group will be in the corridor and will transition into the Striations tiles by Armstrong in the cafe area.  The shape mimics the ceiling, further enhancing the concept of movement.

Quick Render

Comment and let me know what you think!  Any opinions or feedback is always appreciated!

Thank for reading.

JMC ❤

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Idea Collaboration

Color Scheme/ Basic Materials

This board displays my color scheme.  Obviously my POP of color, Chartreuse a warm, yet subtle, cream, almost whites, and cool greys.

The carpet tile to the left is by SHAW and is used throughout the facility, especially in corridors, admin offices and the entrances.

The second image is a carpet tile from JJ-Invision that is gorgeous in person.  This will be used in viewing areas, instructor offices as well as the conference room.

The next two tiles are VCT from Johnsonite and the majority of the room will have the charcoal color and the chartreuse color will be placed sporadically.

The other 4 carpet tiles will be used together to create an interesting pattern in the viewing rooms.  Merging from dark to light and incorporating a bit of chartreuse, the carpet will have a similar pattern to this image:

Floor & Ceiling Plans

Do not mind the light fixture spacing in the ceiling plans, these are sketches/ideas.  A more accurate plan will be done in Revit for the final presentation.

Level #3

Level #4

Level #5

Floor and ceiling plans show transitions in space as well as circulation/way finding patterns.  Curvilinear elements as well as pops of color are introduced to create an experience for each and every user.

Activity Space: Dance Studio

The dance studio has a ceiling that creates interest in the space.  The squares on the ceiling are wood veneer that mimic the same finish as the flooring, and are surrounded by mill work, creating a coffered look. The fabrics from Knoll are going to be used for the drapery over the windows in the space.  The wall will be painted with the same two-tone colors to create a space that isn’t broken up and enhances the concept of movement.  The drapes are mounted on the mullions in between the windows and the doors to allow for daylight to penetrate the space even when the drapes are closed, providing the look of clear story windows.

The 4 finishes of wood are displayed, because I have yet to decide on which finish I want in the space.  All of the styles are either Oak or Maple, which is optimal for a dance studio, reducing the wear due to the inherent strength of the natural material.

The carpet tile is from JJ-Invision which will be used to create a transition within the studio for guests or people with street shoes, since street shoes are not allowed on the hardwood floors.

Movable bars will be used to accommodate for more people using both sides.  Plus, the fact that the perimeter of the room is surrounded by glazing, affixed ballet barres would have been nearly impossible.

Public Space: Cafe/ Lounge

This space has not yet been developed for the final design.  However, the finishes have been chosen.  The pendants can be seen suspended through the holes in the “cloud” ceiling, or displayed above banquet seating underneath the overhang (not seen in sketches).  The hardware chosen for the cabinets is very sleek and minimal.  The lounge and dining chairs will both be upholstered in the green fabric from Pallas Textiles.  The tables are from Coalesse.  The cabinet veneer is from Wilsonart and it is in Designer White, while the counter top is one of the 3 finishes from Icestone.  The flooring is, as described before, the Striations from Armstrong in Steel.

Circulation/Arrival

The arrival space’s design has been hammered out and finalized.  The finishes are displayed above, including the metal coil screen dividing the waiting area from the reception desk, the custom-made lighting beams that will bring the corridors down to human scale and provide movement within the space.  The carpet tile from Shaw Contract Group will be used in the elevator entrance while the Striations tiles from Armstrong will be used in the corridors.  The veneer for the reception desk is from Wilsonart and is in Designer White.  The countertops will either be Wilsonart’s solid surface in Designer White, or either of the 3 finishes from Icestone.  The benches shown above will be placed in the corridor and covered in the fabric from Pallas Textiles.

Public Space: Gift/Supply Shop

These are the finishes and fixtures chosen for the store so far.  We have not yet had a charette over this space, so I have not drawn sketches for it.  The Flooring in the space will be a mixture of Steel and Atmosphere Tiles from the Armstrong Striations collection.  The cashwrap veneer will be Designer White from Wilsonart.  The countertop is one of the three Icestone solutions seen above.

Locker Room

The only furniture chosen for the locker room so far are the lockers.  They are not metal, and therefore do not rust or mold.  The light fixtures are 2×4 fluorescent fixtures that provide even diffuse light.

Thanks for reading! Comment with Feedback or Ideas 🙂

JMC<3

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