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ARCH 520 - Design/Build Gallery - Henri Foch, John Kleman, Jay Reeves: Student Architects: Program

Documentation from ARCH 520, an independent study design/build studio with Henri Foch, John Kleman & Jay Reeves

Gallery Program Draft



(rough draft 1)



            The project to design and build a gallery for John and Jacqueline Tygart began in the fall semester of 1999.  It was conceived as an experiment in co-operative building design and construction.  The focus of the project is to learn from doing; to blur the lines between clients, architects, and builders and instead form a “building community” organized around the making of a place.

The core building community

1)       The Academic Supervisors – Alkis Tsolakis and Bruce Moore

The function of the academic supervisors will be to oversee the larger progress of the project.  Their most important role will be to evaluate our progress as students with requisite information and experiences to gain.  They will participate in frequent work critiques and act as our first resource for answers to questions about procedures, schedules, and design & construction.  Finally, the academic advisors will assign an academic evaluation resulting in a “grade.”

2)       The Clients – John and Jacqueline Tygart

The clients will finance the project (estimated not to exceed $5,000).  Equipment and materials will be acquired after establishing an agreed upon need.  (See financial section)  The clients’ primary role is as equal partners and day-to-day participants in the design and construction; they will provide, among time, money, and labor, information about their needs and the spaces foreseen use.

3)       The Consulting Architect – Daniel Karlov

The consulting architect will be our secondary resource (after academic advisors) for answers to questions about procedures, schedules, design and construction.   The primary role of the consulting architect will be to oversee design document production and seal final drawings.  Given that Mr. Karlov’s home and office are located in Jamestown Missouri, most plan reviews will either be done remotely (by phone, fax, and email) or will necessitate us bringing the project to him (when possible).  Mr. Karlov will be invited to as many site visits and design reviews as are practical.

4)       The Students – John Kleman, Jay Reeves, and Henri Foch

Our primary role is to learn all we possibly can from the experience of seeing this project through to completion.  Our role is also to organize all necessary meetings and reviews to insure that everyone is aware of the project’s progress and understands how they affect that progress.  We will produce the documents necessary to build the agreed upon final design.  We will oversee costs (with the help of the Tygarts), and acquire all necessary equipment, materials, consultants, and contractors (with appropriate oversight).  We will do all necessary research to build the design, and comply with all known applicable codes, zoning; and federal, state, and local regulations.  Finally, we will construct the final design (with the help of all those willing).  The project will be “complete” when it is ready for occupation – meaning enclosed with windows, finishes, interior surfaces, and trim in place.

Financial Concerns:

The parties involved recognize that the project is to be completed within a budget not to exceed $XXXX.  Because of this, we will make every effort to be economical in our use of materials and construction methods.  We will explore possibilities of using recycled materials and where new materials are needed we will be as economical as is reasonable.

While we have the majority of tools that will be needed for the construction process available to us, there will be times when additional t6ools and equipment will be needed.  We will primarily use our own personal tools and the facilities available to students through the school.  When other tools are needed, we will weigh the cost of either renting or buying them.  John Tygart will have the final say in whether the cost of these additional tools/equipment is justified and necessary.  All project equipment and materials purchased by the Tygarts will remain the property of the Tygarts unless otherwise agreed upon.

Small day-to-day purchases deemed necessary during the construction process should be made though a checking/debit account, or a standing account at local retailers.  We should have access to an amount of funds that will allow us to operate on a daily basis without delay, however, it is understood that all large purchases (tools, large material orders, equipment rentals, etc…) must be approved by the Tygarts.  Generally John Tygart will be on site the majority of time and aware of the project’s daily progress and will therefore be aware of all purchases; that being the case,  approval will often be informal and instantaneous.


1. Spatial requirements –

a) Exhibition space/gallery proper

Description:  A large open space (aprox. 400 sq. ft. w/ 10 ft. + ceilings), which provides an environment that highlights the pieces on
display as opposed to drawing attention to the building.  The spaces key features will be its ample natural light and an overall connection to
the outdoors.  The integration of the indoor/outdoor environments should be appropriate to the nature of John’s work and may include indoor
plantings and outdoor displays.

 Should accommodate:

2-dimensional wall-based

3-dimensional wall-based (through people)

3-dimensional floor standing (garden & interior of varying scales)
zoning w/ possible level changes?

Priority features:

flexibility of any interior partitions / circulation flexibility of display types and locations

lighting flexibility / control (i.e. track lighting and window shading)

b)  Storage / shipping prep. / photography area.

Description:  A space (aprox. 250 sq. ft.) directly adjacent to the gallery proper.

Should accommodate:

Storage for pieces awaiting sale

A work area for shipping preparation

Priority features:

storage organized with an integrated shelving system

work area should provide surfaces on which to box pieces while standing (32 – 34”)

storage for packing materials / supplies

a large door for loading and unloading at truck-bed height (3/4 ton truck)

access from gallery should be secure and may use the large sliding steel door.

2. Mechanical systems requirements –



 The planned building will include no water, sewer, or active cooling systems.  Only electrical service will be supplied to the building (110v) for lighting, wall outlets, possible electric heating (baseboard), possible ventilation / circulation fan(s).  Service will likely require an additional main panel and will be either sub-contracted, or done under the direct supervision of a qualified professional.