Meet the Team that is Going to Design Doctor Pickens Museum
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Meet the Team that is Going to Design Doctor Pickens Museum
by Hugh Pickens, May 1, 2018
I was in Houston last week for three days for the kick-off meeting with the design team that is going to do the detailed design of Doctor Pickens Museum of Turquoise Jewelry. We had the meeting at the offices of Architect Caveh Masum and his firm of amoARCH. The team members in our kick-off meeting were (from right to left) Structural Engineer John Baber, Architect Caveh Masum, Utility Design Engineer Mirna Ruiz, and Mechanical Engineer Matt Hanson.
Architect Caveh Massum
Caveh Masum has 15 years of architectural design experience, and throughout his career has successfully completed projects of many types with construction costs that total over $500 million. As Senior Principal and Design Director at amoARCH, he leads the firm’s client development efforts and ensures the design quality of pre-planning, schematic design, design development, construction documentation, and construction administration activities for projects of every size and scope. Caveh graduated cum laude from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and studied French urban design at the Centre d'Etude d'Architecture et d'Urbanisme in Saintes, France.
Astronaut Mae Jemison
Caveh's other clients include Astronaut Mae Jemison, the the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. Dr. Jemison is presently leading the "Hundred Year Starship" program for DARPA . The goal of Dr. Jemison's study is not to have the government fund the actual building of spacecraft, but rather to create a business plan that can last 100 years in order to help foster the research needed for interstellar travel.
Dr. Jemison's mission is similar to what I am trying to do. After all, it is pretty simple to design a building that will last 100 years, just look at the Eqyptian and Mayan pyramids. The hard part is to create an organization that can manage, fund, operate, and sustain Doctor Pickens Museum so that the museum is still here serving Kay County and Oklahoma 100 years from now. That's the beautiful challenge. How many people get the opportunity to create something that will outlive them by 100 years?
Architectural Firm Location
Caveh's firm is located in "Headquarters" Building at 3302 Canal Street in Houston. Headquarters is a 35,000 square foot, multi-tenant work space designed to enhance productivity, drive innovation and elevate the work experience without red tape or overhead.
Caveh is the principal designer of Doctor Pickens Museum but a project of this scope requires a lot of support engineering so Caveh has selected three members to supplement his team.
Structural Engineer John Baber
John Baber, P. E. is our structural engineer. Structural engineering is a sub-discipline of civil engineering in which structural engineers are trained to understand, predict, and calculate the stability, strength and rigidity of built structures for buildings and nonbuilding structures, to develop designs and integrate their design with that of other designers, and to supervise construction of projects on site. Structural engineering theory is based upon applied physical laws and empirical knowledge of the structural performance of different materials and geometries. Structural engineering design utilizes a number of relatively simple structural elements to build complex structural systems. Structural engineers are responsible for making creative and efficient use of funds, structural elements and materials to achieve these goals.
John has over twenty years of structural engineering experience in design and project management. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering (wood structures focus) from Texas A&M University in 1996. He later returned to Texas A&M and earned a Masters of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering (structures focus) in 2003. There is going to be a lot of laminated wood in Doctor Pickens Museum so John's experience in this specialty will be invaluable.
Utility Design Engineer Mirna Ruiz
Mirna Ruiz will be designing all our water and septic systems. There is no potable water or septic system available at the location for Doctor Pickens Museum. That means that we will have to dig our own well, install a water purification system, and design a septic system. Fortunately, with 160 acres we have plenty of room to install these systems.
Mirna has more than 13 years of hands-on experience. Her extensive project management background has focused on: Utility Design, Drainage Systems, Detention and Mitigation Design, Cut-Fill Calculations, 3D Modeling, Site Plan Layout, Government Agency Coordination and Approvals for Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family, Medical, Residential, Funerary, Religious and Private School projects. Additionally, Mirna is an active member of many industry organizations, including theCommercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network and the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP), serving on the Development and Construction Committee and the Developing Leader Mentor Program.
Mechanical Engineer Matt Hanson
Matt Hanson is the engineer in charge of mechanical systems including the Air Conditioning System, the electrical systems, and power studies. With over 15 years of design engineering experience, John understand what other engineers, code officials, and building owners require for their power study reports.
But it is Matt's experience with lighting systems that make him particularly valuable to the project. A museum, after all, is just a location where people can go to see works of art. If the objects of art are not properly lit and you cannot see them then there is no point to having a museum. During our kick-off meeting I was especially intrigued by information that John gave the team about new dynamic lighting systems where not only can the intensity of the lighting in the museum be customized in different areas on a fixture by fixture basis, but the color temperature can also be controlled.
What is color temperature? Color temperature is a way to describe the light appearance provided by a light bulb (lamp). It is measured in degrees of Kelvin (K) on a scale from 1,000 to 10,000. Typically, commercial and residential lighting application Kelvin temperatures fall somewhere on a scale from 2000K to 6500K. A light bulb’s (lamp’s) color temperature lets us know what the look and feel of the light produced will be. The color temperature of a light bulb (lamp) is assigned using the basis of correlated color temperature (CCT). For example, if you heat up a metal object, the object appears to glow. Depending on the Kelvin temperature that the metal object is being heated at, the glow will be various colors, such as orange, yellow or blue. The color temperature of light bulbs (lamps) is meant to replicate the Kelvin temperature of the metal object.
A color temperature of 2000 to 3000 degrees Kelvin corresponds to warm white, a color temperature of 3100 to 4500 degrees Kelvin corresponds to cool white, while a color temperature of 4600 to 6500 corresponds to natural daylight of the sun. Depending on the art object to be illuminated, the proper color temperature of the source must be selected to accentuate the colors in a painting or bronze. In the past, flourescent bulbs have been selected with the required color temperature. Once the bulbs were selected and installed there was no easy way to change them. Now however technology has come on the market which allows the color temperature to be selected in real time.
So there is the team that will design Doctor Pickens Museum. I think we are off to a good start. The team expects to have the final detailed design of the Museum completed by October 2018 and be ready to start going out for bids on materials. At this point (26 May 2018), I would say we break ground in 2019, and it may take a year and a half to build, and another six months to put up all the exhibits, so I would anticipate opening our doors under this schedule in 2020 or 2021.