Building for the Future
Autodesk, a leading provider of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software across industries, sought to convert part of an existing shed on Pier 9 into the Autodesk Creative Workshop and Machine Shop. The multifunctional space includes state-of-the-art 3D printing machines; a metal, wood, and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) shop; a robotics laboratory and office spaces.
Holmes Fire worked with the Port Fire Marshal to meet the design goals of Autodesk as well as fire and life safety requirements. Glass rolling doors were a primary architectural feature of the space. A fire separation was required to meet prescriptive code. The addition of a fire door was a large project cost. Holmes Fire provided an alternative solution that allowed the proposed unrated glass rolling doors to remain, without any additional fire-rated doors. The alternative solution involved upgraded suppression and detection incorporated into the design at a minimal cost to the project. An estimate of the cost savings reached half a million dollars.
Holmes Structures added a mezzanine level to the original shed building to create more usable square footage for offices. Other areas of this long space utilize the double height ceilings while exposing the original shed structure. The design elegantly integrates the new structure with the old structure, visually weaving new steel with old. This design required close collaboration to ensure the seamless integration.
In response to Autodesk’s creative nature, the space included special features such as a free-swinging 1200 lb steel conference table suspended from the ceiling. Careful calculations of the loading by the swing, potential occupants and motions were considered in the ceiling beam’s design.