Advanced Studio, Spring 2010: Jantzen & Caine

  • Work by Justin Beadle for advanced studio taught by Christof Jantzen & Ian Caine, Spring 2010.
    Work by Justin Beadle for advanced studio taught by Christof Jantzen & Ian Caine, Spring 2010.
  • Work by Justin Beadle for advanced studio taught by Christof Jantzen & Ian Caine, Spring 2010.
    Work by Justin Beadle for advanced studio taught by Christof Jantzen & Ian Caine, Spring 2010.
  • Work by Ashley Pearson for advanced studio taught by Christof Jantzen & Ian Caine, Spring 2010.
    Work by Ashley Pearson for advanced studio taught by Christof Jantzen & Ian Caine, Spring 2010.
  • Work by Steven Burgos for advanced studio taught by Christof Jantzen & Ian Caine, Spring 2010.
    Work by Steven Burgos for advanced studio taught by Christof Jantzen & Ian Caine, Spring 2010.
  • Work by Steven Burgos for advanced studio taught by Christof Jantzen & Ian Caine, Spring 2010.
    Work by Steven Burgos for advanced studio taught by Christof Jantzen & Ian Caine, Spring 2010.
  • Work by Steven Burgos for advanced studio taught by Christof Jantzen & Ian Caine, Spring 2010.
    Work by Steven Burgos for advanced studio taught by Christof Jantzen & Ian Caine, Spring 2010.

Advanced Studio, Spring 2010
DOBBS BUILDING: A SHOWCASE PROJECT FOR INNOVATION AND INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS

Christof Jantzen, I-CARES Professor of Practice
Ian Caine, Lecturer

Old buildings often outlive their original purposes. Adaptive re-use is a process that adapts buildings for new uses while retaining their original features. The intent is to prolong the lifetime of a building by retaining all or most of the structural system, and as much as possible of other elements such as cladding, glazing, and interior partitions. The goal to sustain the life cycle of a structure is related to various sustainability goals: sprawl minimization, preservation of materials, and energy conservation.

The existing Dobbs Building on Delmar Blvd. in St. Louis has been selected to become a precedent for adaptive re-use and a model for advanced environmental measures for design and construction. Students take the lead in developing the concepts and design for the reconfiguration of the existing structure into a state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment in this two-semester program. During this first semester of the program, they focus on the conceptual design development of the "Dobbs." The studio format is similar to that of a design competition, with a jury evaluating final work and selecting a winning scheme for further development in the second semester.

The "Dobbs" studio project is also a public event designed to increase awareness about energy for building use. It demonstrates that in adapting and retrofitting an existing structure to a proposed new use, it is possible to generate enough thermal and electrical energy to meet the needs of the new facility, while also maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature and air and light quality.