University of Connecticut
Burt Hill Kosar
Rittelmann Associates, Inc.
Butler, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Communicating design ideas, particularly
ones that are out of the ordinary, is
one of the most difficult tasks facing
architectural designers. The design of
the 115,700- square-foot University of
Connecticut Information Technology
Engineering Building called for a sculptural metal wall as a focal point within
the central atrium space. The client
struggled to understand what this
unusual design element would look like
in the space, and questioned the value
that this element added to the project.
Furthermore, as part of a programmatic
shift during the design phase, the main
building lobby absorbed the two adjacent
teaching spaces to create an expanded
lounge and function area. The spatial value
provided by this expanded lobby was not
clearly communicated in two dimensions.
Burt Hill used MicroStation to model both
conditions, producing high-quality renderings for presentation to the client. Use of
actual material scans and IES data for the
actual light sources provided an extremely
high level of realism that clearly illustrated
the proposed design. The client was
impressed and used the images in public
relations efforts related to the new facility. ;