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Intern is Green in Architecture, not Experience!

Willard Williams

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona | BS Architecture | June 2007

Internship: Orcutt | Winslow, Phoenix, AZ

Arizona's second largest architectural firm, with 110 employees, more than 3 decades of award-winning designs and thousands of realized construction projects. Named Arizona's American Institute of Architects 2004 Architectural Firm of the Year, and the 2005 AIA Western Mountain Regional Architectural Firm of the Year.

Favorite thing about his internship:
Willard: "Everything...the people, the location and the owners are great. It's the nicest office I've ever worked in. And Paul Winslow (principal) makes sure that everybody is adopting, and growing with, the latest technology."

Greatest lesson from his experience:
The value of team work and mastering the technical challenges of complex building systems
Willard: "I experimented with different methods of team work, often with virtual teams over long distances, pushing the limits of the technology. I learned that team work is essential to accelerating the speed of changes and consistency in projects."

His greatest contribution:
Experience and passion with BIM Modeling and ARCHICAD
Nathan Leblang: "We were on ARCHICAD 10 and as soon as he got here he started leading us to the latest version. He wasn't here even six weeks and he's already changing how we work, which is extraordinary."

How well he performed:
Above expectations
Nathan Leblang: "Willard joined the firm a couple months ago and had an immediate impact. His knowledge of ARCHICAD enabled us to quickly integrate him into the work flow. His work on the project has been seamless and exceptional."

Featured Project:
Townley Data Center, Phoenix, AZ

An office/data center complex The project combines a 100,000 square-foot, 4-story office building, and 40,000 square foot data center. The firm and project team are very committed to LEED and sustainability and make special efforts to utilize energy conserving means and methods in each of their buildings. The two building types in this project are not only solving the program requirements for the project, but also utilizing the techniques of day-lighting and energy conservation by applying perforated and linear scrims in front of the glass facade, shaded glazing on the east and west side, and horizontal sun shields on the south.

The Challenge: Providing the highly complex and redundant building systems needed to protect a mission-critical data center that can operate for a undisclosed period "off the grid", without the need for water or power that is typically provided by the local authorities.

The Solution: Modeling each and every part of the building, including the complex systems, to maximize their placement in the building and identify problem areas pre-construction.