Advancing the Education of Young Architecture Graduates through Foreign Travel-Study

Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship Program 2013
Mount Lowe Preservation Center & Museum

The Mount Lowe Preservation Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help secure and preserve history and artifacts of the Mount Lowe Railway. The hypothetical project proposes a new Center for the Mount Lowe Preservation Society in the Southern California city of Altadena. The Mount Lowe Preservation Center seeks to establish a permanent museum to display, educate, and further preserve the landmarks and artifacts of the Mount Lowe Railway and its founder, Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe.

The Mount Lowe Preservation Center aims to restore and preserve the National Registered Historic Scenic Mountain Railway. The Center seeks a net zero sustainable design to house rare artifacts, including the Great Incline Car and the 1893 Colombian Exposition Search Light. The Center’s grounds are shared with two prominent hiking trails that guide hikers to Echo Mountain, the destination of the once famous Echo Mountain House. The Center’s grounds are envisioned as community activation spaces to encourage education of accessible sustainable strategies for community living by example.

The proposed site is at the once famed Electric Pacific Rail line cradled in a residential neighborhood and bisected by a drainage channel and debris basin at the north. Design consideration should be sensitive to the surrounding community and preserve the two trails that start at Maiden Lane and Rubio Canyon Drive. Design solutions are encouraged to integrate a portion of the channel in their design and offer alternative sustainable rainwater control examples in addition to restoring ecological micro-climates.

Content used with permission of the Mount Lowe Preservation Society - www.mountlowe.org. Mount Lowe Preservation Society secures and shares the history of the Mount Lowe Railway. (n.d.). Mount Lowe Preservation Society, Inc. Retrieved February 17, 2013, from http://www.mountlowe.org/



Site
Design Intent
Outdoor Learning Centers
Outdoor Program
Bioclimatic Considerations
Materials to Download and Reference Information
Picture Key
Submittal Requirements

Site

Situated in Altadena, California, along the foothills of the Angeles National Forest, the proposed site is cradled in a residential neighborhood and bisected by a drainage channel. Design consideration should take into account the proximity of the Center and sensitivity to the surrounding community along with maintaining the two trail heads that start at Maiden Lane and Rubio Canyon Drive that serve Echo Mountain and Mt Lowe destinations. Design solutions are encouraged to integrate the channel in their design and offer alternative sustainable rainwater control examples in addition to promoting ecological micro climates.


Design Intent

Sustainable design strategies must convey an intimate interaction and exchange between the Center, the environment, and the artifact, while forging net zero energy performance goals. Design solutions are sought to be a cohesive experience from the trail heads to the Center itself and contestants are encouraged to explore opportunities to engage visitors along the way.
Public Spaces
Museum Gift Store 500 s.f.
Mt Lowe Café 480 s.f.
Echo Mountain Hall 1,800 s.f.
Restrooms 350 s.f.


Museum


3,000 s.f.
Provide a space for:
The Great Incline Car Colombian Exposition Search Light


Preservation Labs
Artifact Restoration Lab 1,200 s.f.


Administration
3 Offices @ 150sf each 450 s.f.
Conference Room 350 s.f.


Service Spaces
Kitchen 250 s.f.
Staff Restrooms 150 s.f.
Pantry 100 s.f.
Food Storage 100 s.f.
Class Room 960 s.f.


Support Spaces
Electrical Room 80 s.f.
Telephone Data Room 80 s.f.


Total Building Program


9,550 s.f.

Columbian Exposition Search Light (1)


Mount Lowe Incline at Echo Mountain (2)

(1) Content used with permission of the Mount Lowe Preservation Society - www.mountlowe.org

Mount Lowe Preservation Society secures and shares the history of the Mount Lowe Railway. (n.d.). Mount Lowe Preservation Society, Inc. Retrieved February 17, 2013, from http://www.mountlowe.org/

(2) Echo Mtn. Echoes Spring 1998, a magazine of Southern California history in general and Thaddeus Lowe and his mountain railway in particular. (n.d.). Retrieved February 24, 2013, from http://www.aaaim.com/echo/v3n1/


Outdoor Learning Centers

The Center’s outdoor learning environments focus on ecological restoration, demonstration areas, and sustainable strategies forging net zero living. Design solutions are encouraged to propose an alternative to the conventional urban runoff channel and explore a greater relationship between water and the landscape.

The Center’s grounds shall be fully accessible and demonstrate how it can improve community needs through the implementation of readily available sustainable strategies. The design must respond to

no less than two of the following demonstration areas: Composting, Community Gardens, Aquaculture ponds, and alternative energy production kiosks (photovoltaic, wind, solar hot water).

Outdoor Program

  • Alternative solution to the storm run-off channel
  • Demonstration areas: Composting, Community Gardens, Aquaculture ponds, and alternative energy production kiosks
  • Open air classroom for 10-20 people
  • Preserve trails from Rubio Canyon Road and Maiden Lane

Parking will be off-site but the proposed design must provide 4 parking spaces, 2 of which are accessible. Bike racks to be located throughout the site development.


Bioclimatic Considerations

Bioclimatic consideration is paramount in achieving a net zero solution and the following information is a guide to formulating appropriate design strategies as they apply to this specific environment.

Altadena resides within Climate Zone 9 with subtle influences by coastal and interior weather conditions. Interior environmental conditions bring “hot and dry air, and marine brings cool and moist air.” Although no climate data is available specifically for this site the Fellowship recommends using Pasadena’s weather data as a basis of passive design solutions.

Basic Climate Conditions
Summer Temperature Range 19 °F
Record High Temperature (1955) 110 °F
Record Low Temperature (1949) 28 °F

HDD (Heating Degree Days based on 65°F) and CDD (Cooling Degree Days) for Pasadena, CA
HDD represents the total degrees of the average temperature per day below 65°F for the year. CDD is the total degrees of the average temperature per day above 80°F for the year.


Zone 9: Los Angeles 3 of 4 Relative Humidity
(Typical Comfort Zone: 20-80%)


Thermal Comfort
Net zero designs aims at fostering thermally comfortable environments and design solutions should aim to provide appropriate passive and active strategies for this environment.

Note the near equal HDD and CDD ranges and wide thermal swings throughout the year.



Climate Consultant 5.2 - Using USA_CA_Burbank-Glendale- Passadena.Bob.Hope.AP.722880_TMY3.epw

Materials to Download and Reference Information

File Downloads (PC: right mouse click save link as, Mac: control-click save link as)
Aerial View (zip file, 5.1mb)
Incline Pictures and Sketchup model (zip file, 3.4mb)
Parcel Map (zip file, 7.8mb)
Program PDF (zip file, 1.3mb)
Searchlight Pictures and Sketchup model (zip file, 2.1mb)
Site Information and Sketchup model (zip file, 42.2mb)
Site Photos (zip file, 7.7mb)

Reference Information
Mount Lowe Preservation Society Inc. http://www.mountlowe.org/
Water and Power Associates http://waterandpower.org/museum/Mt_Lowe_Railway.html
Mount Lowe Railway http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Lowe_Railway
Professor Thaddeus Lowe http://www.thaddeuslowe.name/mlincline.htm

Picture Key



1) Macpherson Parkway - Named after David Macpherson who planned the Mt. Lowe Railway and Echo Mountain Great Incline. The Mt. Lowe Railway is a National Registered Historic Place dedicated in 1993.
   
2) South entrance off of Maiden Lane. The dedicated right-of-way is one of two hiking trails that leads into the Angeles Mountains. The right-of-way is bounded by the back yards of residential properties.
   
3) Example of a residential garden area that borders the right-of-way.

4) Community composting area.
   
5) Example of a residential garden area that borders the right-of-way.

6) California Oak.
   
7) Proposed Mt. Lowe Preservation Center and Museum site. Olive tree grove in the background to preserve.
   
8) Olive tree grove to preserve.
   
9) Train head off of Rubio Canyon Drive.

10) Trail leading to the propsed site and bounded on the south by residential.
   
9) Train head off of Rubio Canyon Drive.

11) Trail head on the far left and public entry on the right.

Submittal Requirements

Contestants should use media judiciously in order to communicate work clearly. Contestant entries should demonstrate a clear architectural response to the questions investigated throughout the process with strategic explanatory and conceptual diagrams to justify your work.

Mandatory Content
Concept Statement - Maximum of 250 words Site Plan, Floor Plans, & Perspective(s)

Suggested Content
Strategies for achieving net zero, proposed Energy Utilization Intensity (EUI) calculations, vignettes illustrating passive strategies

Limitations
The Center must maintain a two-storey limit from the highest floor level; however, expections are made for downdraft cooling towers. All trees identified in the Sketchup file must be protected. All others are at the discretion of the designer.


Competition Dates
Thursday March 14, 2013 5:00pm. PST -Monday March 18, 2013 5:00pm. PST

Upload Requirements
Entrants shall upload 4 -20”x 20” jpg images to the website at 150 dpi.
(3,000 x 3,000 pixels exactly, RGB)
Please read detailed instructions!

Stage One:
The boards must be uploaded by 5:00pm Monday March 18, 2013. The website becomes very busy starting around 4:00pm so plan to post early. Do not contact the Fellowship with file problems or uploading difficulties. Contestants should check out access to the site early.
The Fellowship has provided a range of digital files that include the site, incline and searchlight. These files were created in Sketchup 8.

Entries will be reviewed by the jury and a short list of between 4 and 6 finalists will be selected by the jury. The Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship will not respond to individual questions once the competition has started. Files must be uploaded by the deadline described on the website or they will not be considered with no exceptions.

Do not put your name or other identifying markings on the presentation boards! Boards that are identifiable will be disqualified!

Stage Two:
Finalists will print out and mount their presentation boards on foam-core.

Final presentation will be on the campus at the California State Polytechnic University Pomona on April 5, 2013. Successful finalists are responsible for their own travel arrangements for the presentation. Finalists can apply to the Cavin Fellowship for up to $200 of documented travel expenses. If a candidate chooses not to attend their entry will be disqualified and not considered for the $10,000 prize.

Candidates are responsible for reading all Cavin Fellowship web materials and for the rules and restrictions described on the site. The fellowship award is for self-devised foreign travel-study with the mission of advancing the education of young architecture graduates. All work must be prepared solely by the entrant with no outside assistance. Once the competition begins there are no questions or communications with the Fellowship or other candidates.




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