Speaker: Eric Nothdurft of The Miller Hull Partnership
(The program is approved for 1 AIA CEU)
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- Hear about the State Department’s design criteria and how the design team works to be environmentally sensitive
- See how the team integrates local culture and infrastructure into state-of-the-art buildings
- Learn about constructing in a foreign country.
- 6:15 - 6:30 pm Sign-in/ Social/ Gathering Time
- 6:30 pm Presentation
- 7:30 pm Questions & Answers/ Closing
Last night (November 5, 2020) CSA Mt.
Rainier chapter had a terrific meeting. There was time in the beginning where everyone had a chance to visit and meet Mark Bergquist’s grandson Lincoln. Don Richards gave a quick pitch about ArdexAmericas and their family of products.
Eric Nothdurft of Miller Hull gave a truly an outstanding presentation on “Designing United States Diplomatic Facilities”. His enthusiasm and amazing projects made for a very educational and enjoyable evening. The background information about Miller Hull and the US Diplomatic Facility design program set the stage for better understanding the projects presented. Seeing the depth and quality, as well as, the variety of project scale gave us a great feel for who and what is Miller Hull.
The four diplomatic facilities represented an incredible range of scale and diversity of the facility program and the countries where they are located. Niamey in Niger is culturally and climate-wise the total opposite to what we have here in the Pacific Northwest. The building’s architecture was used to naturally moderate the desert heat and sunshine. It was nice to see how the recently completed construction matched the design when built in the middle of the sub-Sahara area of Africa.
The three Central American facilities – Guadalajara, Guatemala City, and Merida are very different from each other. Many people incorrectly see that region as one homogenous culture. The variation in designs were based on culture and climate. What we liked most about the presentation was how Miller Hull found little details in the local community to create wonderful, welcoming, and yet, safe designs. And how the program and requirements were pushed and prodded to fit the site, and create a place that works well for the staff and those visiting the facility for services.
We thank Eric for sharing his time and passion with us. It is great to see how this country is trying to be a good visitor in other countries.
We enjoyed having you and hope it was enjoyable for you, too.