Virginia Tech War Memorial Hall
CannonDesign was hired to create the design for the expansion and renovation of the Virginia Tech War Memorial Hall. The team is tasked to evolve the large facility into a multipurpose student wellness center and to fit the four major departments that will reside the building, including: Recreational Sport, Education, Health & Wellness, and Counseling.
One major goal of the design team is to create prominant circulation spaces that alleviate the traffic created by all four departments. Special attention is also given to access to the historical portion of the building on the West.
As the computational designer of the design team, I simulated student traffic through defined agents. Using data obtained from occupacy analysis (see next page), simulated students moves through the building to their destination using the shortest path. The team is able to evaluate circulation space decisions based on the compiled traffic heat map.
During the feasibility study phase of the project, the team obtained class/practice schedule and daily usage data from each department residing in the building. Compiling these information, I created an interactive Excel interface displaying occupant VS capacity information in all program spaces at a given date & time.
Circulation traffic is estimated based on occupancy data achieved previously. The three main entries of the building are weighted to reflect current student traffic pattern. This tool helps identify high-traffic zones and the impact of different options of circulation and access.