CEA Unit 9: Commercial Design 2

Continuing the Keystone LIbrary Redesign


This unit gives you the time to finish the Keystone Library redesign.  In doing so, you’ll add interior walls, change the shape of the building if you want, add offices, bathrooms, study areas, book shelves, etc.  You’ll also go through and add in the electrical and plumbing systems to make the building functional!  As you do this, you’ll need to consider the following carefully:

  • What spaces are needed so the library can fulfill its goals/functions
  • How accessible is it to people in wheelchairs?  (it must be fully accessible)
  • How cool are the spaces?  Are they places you would want to be?

As we work through the unit, you’ll complete three major phases:

  1. Design the layout of rooms, walkways, and overall accessibility
  2. Design the stairways, elevators, doorways, and bathrooms so that they can serve a large number of people
  3. Install furniture, plumbing, and wastewater throughout the building!

When you’re done, you’ll have created a complete library!


(30 pts)  About 3 days

In the first part of the unit you need to get basic walls, stairs, elevator, and layout elements into your library.  As you do this, consider the needs of people in wheelchairs as they try to get around your library!  Also consider the different spaces you are creating in your library – what will their function be?  Will your library’s layout be conducive to 150-200 people at a time?


(30 pts)  About 3 days

Similar to our residential designs, our building needs a plan for electrical and plumbing systems.  In this part of the unit you’ll add plumbing and electrical fixtures to your building as well as annotate where the lines will pass through the building for the most logical construction and layout!  You’ll also want to use the render tool to check for adequate lighting!


(20 pts)  About 3 days

In the last part of our unit, you’ll get a chance to put in all the furnishings, paint the walls, and add any artwork to the walls, computers to the desks, etc.  This is your chance to really make your library look like a library!  Once you’ve added all the main features, you’ll create a video walkthrough of the space to show off your design and imagine what it would be like to actually be in your library!

PART 1: Layout & Accessibility

Major features of the Keystone Library

To start this unit, it’s your job to add main features to the library including walls and divisions for different spaces, stairs, bathrooms, offices, storage rooms, and elevators.  Each of these things needs to be designed with the flow and function of your library in mind.  In particular, your library must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must have a men’s, women’s, and unisex bathroom on each floor
  2. You must have enough bathroom availability (stalls) to meet the needs of 200 patrons.  That does not mean 200 toilets!
  3. Your bathrooms must be handicap accessible
  4. You must have enough stairway access to the second floor to meet the needs of 200 library goers.
  5. You must have an exterior emergency exit staircase to get people out of the building in case of fire
  6. You must have an elevator to make the second floor handicap accessible
  7. You must have at least 3 small offices for the library staff


 Use your engineering notebook and make a list (or add to an existing one) of the requirements you think your library needs to meet.  Those requirements should at least include the ideas above.

 Review your bubble diagrams or plans from the last unit for the layout of your library – confirm that those plans still meet the new requirements

 Get back into Revit and continue designing!  In this part of the unit you want to take care of all:

  • Interior walls, windows, and doors
  • Interior & exterior stairways
  • Interior elevator

What’s Due In Commercial Design Part 2: Layout & Accessibility

  • Criteria & Constraint List
  • Bubble Diagrams/Plans
  • Revit Layout Elements
  • Benshoof’s Check-Off

Here’s what’s due in Part 1: Layout & Accessibility

  1.  A list of criteria/constraints that you’ve defined for your Library
  2. Library concept bubble maps & plans (maybe from last unit)
  3. Keystone LIbrary walls, doors, windows, stairways, elevator!
  4.  Have Benshoof check-off your Revit design

PART 2: Land Use & Regulations

Thinking through the requirements of land use regulations

Example Zoning Map

Keystone Library Revit File


One of the things that civil engineers & architects need to worry about is what kind of building they want to build in a specific location.  City planners have the job of figuring out which parts of the community are best for commercial businesses, residential homes, or industrial manufacturing.  City planners then zone (or designate) certain areas in town to those specific functions.  When civil engineers want to design a new building, they need to make sure it meets the various rules and regulations specific to that type of zoning!

In this part of the unit you’ll take some notes on zoning and the various regulations associated with types of land use.  After that, you’ll look up some of the zoning specifications here in Fairbanks before getting your first real start on the Keystone Library redesign!


 Use your engineering notebook and take a page of notes on Land Use & Planning as well as Land Use Regulations.  

 The city of Fairbanks has a website that lists various zoning in town.  Find and print this map for your notebook.  Then, identify the locations of 5 houses (yours and people you know), as well as 5 businesses and 5 public buildings.  Indicate what type of zoning each of those structures falls in. 

 Take a full page of notes on the Commercial Foundations presentation!

 Compete the short “Commercial Foundation Thinking Questions” in your engineering notebook!


Land Use & Planning

Land Use Regulations

Commercial Foundations

What’s Due In Commercial Design Part 2: Land Use & Regulations

  • Land Use Notes
  • Fairbanks Zoning Map
  • Keystone Library
  • Benshoof’s Check-Off

Here’s what’s due in Part 2: Land Use & Regulations

  1.  Notes on land use and regulations
  2. Find & investigate the Fairbanks Zoning Map!
  3. Notes on commercial foundations
  4.  Have Benshoof check-off your careful drawing

PART 3: Keystone Library Part 1

Beginning the redesign of the old Keystone Library in Revit

Welcome back!  As part of the Lathrop Designs Architecture Studio, you’ve been asked to redesign the Keystone Library.  The shell of the original building is available (and all the corresponding structural elements are already in place), it’s your chance to take that shell and add/remove/redesign parts of it to make it a new, cooler library!  As you do this, you’ll need to build a library that has the following elements:

  1. A redesigned entrance
  2. At least 1 curtain wall
  3. A second floor
  4. A green roof seating area on the lower roof
  5. A children’s area
  6. Reading & book areas
  7. Computer terminals
  8. A small makerspace

Creating Walls

Creating the Second Story

Creating the Library Roof

What’s Due In Commercial Design Part 3: Keystone Library Part 1

  • Revit Design Notes
  • Keystone Library Plan
  • Doors & Walls
  • 2nd Floor & Roof
  • Benshoof’s Check-Off

Here’s what’s due in Part 3: Keystone Library Part 1

  1. Take notes on new functions in Revit from the videos
  2.  Download the Keystone Library File and decide where major walls and entrances will go
  3.  Create the doors and major walls of your library
  4.  Create the second floor and roofs of your library
  5.  Have Benshoof check-off your completed design

Double Check: Unit Expectations

Check what you need to have completed by the unit deadline
The purpose of this unit is to use the Engineering Design Process to wire, design, and build a working Bug Bot.  You should have had the chance to do some soldering, design your own Bug Bot, and use the tools in our makerspace to build your Bug Bot.  If you were really on-task and working hard, you should have also had time to decorate your Bug Bot to make it look super cool.  By the unit deadline, you should have completed and be able to submit the following items:

Engineering Notebook:

 (Part 1) Definition of problem, criteria, constraints, and Bug Bot Overview notes

 (Part 1) Wiring diagram, soldering notes, and wiring reflection

 (Part 2) Bug Bot Design brainstorm, notes, and careful drawing

 (Part 3) Final drawing/picture, half-page written reflection on Bug Bots

Building & Making:

 (Part 1) Wiring should work, soldering should be clean and complete

 (Part 2) Bug Bot design should be carefully drawn out including labels and diagrams

 (Part 3) The Bug Bot should be assembled and should function properly

Benshoof Checkpoints

 (Part 1) Benshoof should have seen your working wiring before you moved on

 (Part 2) Benshoof should have seen your careful drawing before you moved on

 (Part 3) Benshoof should have seen your working Bug Bot