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Are the clearances in Jones' office acceptable around the T44?
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First pass at the building layout. Realized at the very end that I did not satisfy the visual control requirement from Reception, so other than that any feedback is greatly appreciated!
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Don't know how I missed that one. Thank you.
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Hello,

This is my second time taking the CDS. First time I passed all the multiple choice questions but failed the vignette. I really do not want to fail this time for that reason!.. Personally I think the only thing I did not draw correctly last time was that the slab on grade was drawn between the bearing wall and foundation. So couple of questions for this time and any feedback for my practice is appreciated:
- Should the slab on grade be interrupted with the middle bearing wall or should I draw it continuously?
- Should the joists intrude the bearing walls for couple of inches or not?

Thanks..

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+KiMiA Pakfar - On both your questions, they'd be scored the same either way. On your layout, your plenum spaces look too short. Be sure you're accounting for the required lighting in addition to ductwork. Also your west parapet looks too tall.
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Here is my first attempt at the site grading vignette. Any feedback would be much appreciated. The sketch circles are 5 feet in diameter and I did make sure that the distance between points of the swales are less than 50 feet. I feel like I didn't modify enough contours as everyone else has appeared to have done. Would this be acceptable? Thanks in advance!
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First pass at the vignette and Testing on Wednesday. How concerned should I be with making sure all grids are centered in both directions in each room? If there is a preference in one direction does it matter?

Also, is the reception underlit in this pass?

Any feedback would be helpful - thank you.
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Hi +Jacqueline Shaw centering the lights is the priority, then grids. 4" snap may shift it a bit. Yes, Reception is a bit underlit, but that's about as close as you're going to get. May never be perfect. Try to keep you supply and returns at least 4' apart.
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+Ryan NCARB+Michelle NCARB+Nick NCARB​ I'm running into several descrepancies between the difference between the CM-Advisor vs CM-Agent. Both have direct contracts with the owner. Both advise during the design phase. Is the Advisor the one without financial responsibility and the Agent becomes the GC and has financial responsibility?
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Hi +Faryha M Chowdhury - Two of my favorite resources on this topic are Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice and CSI Project Resource Manual. Both have helpful descriptions and graphics on CM-Advisor, CM-Agent, and CM-Contractor. Very briefly - neither the advisor nor the agent bear financial responsibility. The advisor...advises. The agent also advises, and can also act on the behalf of the owner during construction. It's the CM-Contractor that can transition from an advisory role into the contractor role and take on financial responsibility. Be sure to review not just what each person does, but also why an owner would be interested in each of those arrangements and how they might affect the architect's role.
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Another pass at the interior layout! JO is superrr tight but I think (hope?) it works. Also wanted to check if I can overlap the 180 degree turn with the door clearances as I've done here, or if that's not possible.

Thanks for any help! +Michelle NCARB +Nick NCARB +Terry NALSA
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Hi +Lauren Perry - Yup, this is a snug fit, but I think it works! And yes, the 5' circle can overlap the door clearance area. Just make sure you don't overlap the door swing.
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Hi Everyone, Testing in 12 days. For the interior layout I am concerned about clearances especially in the RBO and around the table for 4. I would really appreciate any comments. Thanks in Advance. +Nick NCARB 
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Design Alt 4 - Please review.

To return to the Vignette Index, click on the Index button at the top of the screen. To go to the work screen, press the space bar.

Program – Alt 4

A Municipality plans to build a Courthouse, a City Hall, and a Town Square on the site, with parking to serve the new buildings.

1. Locate the 2-story, 40 ft high City Hall close to the Monument.
• The main entrance shall be visible from Bently Ave.

2. Locate the 1-story, 20 ft high Court House close to the City Hall.

3. Draw a 8,000 ft² Town Square.
• Locate the Town Square within the building limit lines so that the drop off entrance to the Court House and City Hall are blocked from the Town Square.

4. The drop offs may be blocked with trees or buildings as appropriate.

5. The City Hall shall have a view of the Monument.

6. The Town Square shall receive noonday summer shade.
• Assume a 45° solar altitude angle.

7. The Town Square shall be blocked from the prevailing winter winds.
• The wind shall be blocked by buildings and/or trees, as appropriate.

8. Draw a total of 39 parking spaces.
• 36 standard (9 ft x 18 ft) parking spaces are required.
• 3 universally accessible (12 ft x 18 ft) parking spaces are required.
• Locate the universally accessible parking spaces within 100 ft of the main entrance of the Courthouse.
• All parking spaces shall be perpendicular to the traffic aisles.
• No parallel parking is permitted.

9. Draw all traffic aisles and drives required to connect parking to the street.
• Drive-through circulation is required.
• Dead-end parking is prohibited.
• Parking along the service drive is prohibited.
• All drives and traffic aisles are automatically drawn at a width of 24 ft.
• The intersection of the access drive with the street must be perpendicular to the street for at least the first 20 ft of the drive.

10. Provide only one 24 ft wide curb cut located no closer than 120 ft from the intersection of the centerlines of the two existing public streets.

11. Draw vehicular circulation to access the parking and the two Drop off Entrances.
• A drive shall attach to the drop off entrances of both buildings.
• A turnaround or drive-through circulation is not required for the drop off drives.

12. Connect the Town Square, the universally accessible parking spaces, and the main entrances of the two buildings to each other and to the existing public walk with a continuous walkway system.
• The Town Square shall not be considered part of the walkway system.

13. Adhere to the following general conditions:
• Paving on the site shall be minimized.
• Drives, traffic aisles, and parking spaces shall be no closer than 5 ft to a building.
• Buildings must be separated by a minimum of 20 ft.
• Provide a 15 ft setback from the Monument for all construction or built improvements.
• No more than 12 existing trees may be removed or disturbed.
• No construction or built improvements of any kind shall occur over any other existing site feature.
• No construction or built improvements of any kind shall occur outside the building limit line except for direct vehicular and pedestrian access.
• Buildings shall not overlap the Town Square or parking.


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Hi all- Interior vignette posted. I'm looking for obvious inefficiencies- I know that the solution doesn't need to be pretty, but if anyone sees any obvious tips to use the same furniture with less space or with smarter uses of clearances, I'd love to hear it.
I'm pretty confident the solution 'passes' in terms of NCARB, but feel free to disabuse me if I'm wrong.
Thanks, this is #5 and I really couldn't have done these without this forum
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Really screws with the copy room...
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Hi Everybody,

Could I get some feedback on this interior layout? Thanks!
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Right now the North-East chair of the table for four is not accessible. Off hand that is the only issue that I can see.
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Please review it. Question! Could I mix the two lights on the drawing? Tks
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The 2x2 in the conference room are spaced incorrectly as well. You are allowed to mix fixture sizes within the same room but it usually doesn't work out very well. 
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A question regarding irregular setbacks and tolerance:

Beyond getting as close as possible to to the setback, would you recommend erring slightly on the size of too large (the building/surface area encroaches slightly into the setback) or too small (the building/surface area does not quite reach the setback)? I understand this is accounted for the scoring tolerance, but wanted to see if you could offer the safer strategy.

I have the same question with regard to the building profile line. Even when you zoom, the built-in cursor steps make it difficult to land the building profile exactly on the grade line. If the grade line falls between two cursor steps, do you recommend extending the building profile one step past the grade line (into the ground) or holding it back one step above the grade line? Again, the tolerance likely covers this.

Thank you for the clarification!

+Ryan NCARB +Nick NCARB +Michelle NCARB +Terry NALSA
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+Michelle NCARB Great, thank you.
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Latest attempt at the Site Planning vignette. Did I over or under do it with the trees? Trying to keep the walkways from crossing the drive while maintaining the 210' separation. Thanks for your input before my exam Tuesday!
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Hi +Rebekah Maier - Looks pretty good. You could use a couple more conifers to block wind on the PP. Remember that deciduous trees are not effective at blocking wind in the winter. Also, the walkway can cross the driveway once, which can be a helpful strategy for minimizing on-site paving. The long walkway you've shown still looks acceptable, but something to keep in mind at the test center.

One other thing - if you shift the OT west just a few feet, you could really reduce the amount of PP in shade.
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Another attempt at the NCARB vignette. A couple of questions for the group:
-the rigid ducts cannot run over top of the light fixtures?
-diffusers and supplies need to be supported on three (3) sides?
-how close can the diffusers be to the room partition?

Thanks! Testing on this upcoming Saturday.
CBIII
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Thanks +Vaughn Benson appreciate the feedback!
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First attempt! Let me know if you see anything! Thanks!
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It appears to be good from what i can tell. 
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Another pass at the building layout vignette, would appreciate any CC! Especially on my door orientations, tried to make sure they were in the direction of travel when necessary, and also wanted to confirm that the doors can overlap the building limit line!

Testing in a week! +Michelle NCARB +Nick NCARB +Terry NALSA
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Hi +Lauren Perry - Overall looks good, except for MP. You need two points of egress, which means both doors should swing out. And yes, door swings can overlap the building limit line.
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Any input is greatly appreciated
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First pass at interior layout practice. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! +Terry NALSA +Michelle NCARB +Nick NCARB 
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That's a good point. Thanks for the feedback!
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Design Vig - Alt 3 - Please review.

A developer plans to build an Office Tower, a Restaurant, and a Pedestrian Plaza on the site, with parking to serve the new buildings.

1. Locate the 4-story, 48 ft high Office Building close to Bentley Avenue.
• The main entrance shall be protected from winter winds by buildings and/or trees, as appropriate.

2. Locate the 2-story, 36 ft high Restaurant close to the pond.

3. Draw a 12,000 ft² Pedestrian Plaza.
• Locate the Pedestrian Plaza within the building limit lines so that the main entrance to Restaurant opens directly onto the Pedestrian Plaza.

4. The view of the service entrance on the Restaurant shall be blocked from the Pedestrian Plaza.
• The view of the Service Entrance shall be blocked by buildings and/or trees, as appropriate.

5. The Office shall have a view of the Pond.

6. The main entrance of the Restaurant must be visible from Academy Street.

7. The Pedestrian Plaza shall be shaded from noon sun
• Assume 45 degree solar angle.

8. Draw a total of 42 parking spaces.
• 38 standard (9 ft x 18 ft) parking spaces are required.
• 4 universally accessible (12 ft x 18 ft) parking spaces are required.
• Locate the universally accessible parking spaces within 100 ft of the main entrance of the Restaurant.
• All parking spaces shall be perpendicular to the traffic aisles.
• No parallel parking is permitted.

9. Draw all traffic aisles and drives required to connect parking to the street.
• Drive-through circulation is required.
• Dead-end parking is prohibited.
• All drives and traffic aisles are automatically drawn at a width of 24 ft.
• The intersection of the access drive with the street must be perpendicular to the street[size=]for at least the first 20 ft of the drive.

10. Provide only one curb cut along Academy Street, located no closer than 120 ft from the intersection of the centerlines of the two existing public streets.

11. Draw vehicular circulation to access the parking and service entrance.
• A service drive shall attach to the service entrance of the Restaurant.
• A turnaround or drive-through circulation is not required for the service drive.

12. Connect the Pedestrian Plaza, the universally accessible parking spaces, and the main entrances of the two buildings to each other and to the existing public walk with a continuous walkway system.
• The Pedestrian Plaza shall be considered part of the walkway system.
13. Adhere to the following general conditions:
• Paving on the site shall be minimized.
• Drives, traffic aisles, and parking spaces shall be no closer than 7 ft to a building.
• Buildings must be separated by a minimum of 30 ft.
• Provide a 30 ft setback from the Pond for all construction or built improvements.
• No more than 8 existing trees may be removed or disturbed.
• No construction or built improvements of any kind shall occur over any other existing site feature.
• No construction or built improvements of any kind shall occur outside the building limit line except for direct vehicular and pedestrian access.
• Buildings shall not overlap the Pedestrian Plaza or parking.

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