Here are the correct responses and rationales for the five case study items found in the ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam.
The architect is considering classifying the Event Center as construction Type I-B with an approved automatic sprinkler system.
Based on this classification and the project information provided, what is the maximum allowed building height?
To determine the maximum building height allowed for the proposed structure, you’ll first need to review the International Building Code, located within the Codes and Regulations resource. According to Table 503 and Section 504.2, Type I-B structures containing an automatic sprinkler system can have a maximum building height of 180 feet above the grade plane. Next, you will need to review the Zoning Ordinance resource to determine if any additional height restrictions apply to the proposed building site. The Zoning Ordinance states that this site is zoned as DR-3.5. According to Section 5, Building Height Requirements, buildings constructed on sites zoned as DR-3.5 are limited to 50 feet in height.
This is a U/A level item requiring an understanding of building height restrictions and massing as prescribed by building codes and zoning.
What is the minimum number of off-street parking spaces required for the new Event Center?
1250 parking spaces
The Zoning Ordinance resource provides information regarding land use, setbacks, building massing, and parking requirements. Per Section 4, Off-Street Parking Requirements, a theater, auditorium, arena, or stadium requires 1 off-street parking space per 4 seats. To determine the number of seats proposed for the new Event Center you must review the Program Elements resource, which states the building will include 5,000 fixed spectator seats. Dividing the total number of seats by 4 (Step 1), you determine 1,250 off-street parking spaces are required for the Event Center.
Step 1: 5,000 seats / 4 = 1,250 parking spaces
This is a U/A level item requiring you to understand how a building program and zoning ordinance impact parking requirements.
Click on the area of the site plan that is the most appropriate location for the Exterior Plaza.
The northwest region of the site, adjacent to University Drive, between the wetlands and heritage tree, is the most appropriate location for the Exterior Plaza. According to the Program Elements resource, the Exterior Plaza must be located at the front of the building, connecting University Drive to the Main Entry. It must allow for the movement of both pedestrians and emergency vehicles. The Scenario requires that the wetland area and heritage trees remain undisturbed. By reviewing the Site Plan, you can determine the northwest region of the site is the only area fulfilling all of these requirements. Placing the hot spot marker anywhere within the outlined area is a correct answer.
This is an A/E level item requiring you to evaluate programmatic and client requirements as they relate to existing site conditions.
The architect is considering making the Event Center two stories. The Main Event Space will be located on the ground floor with tiered spectator seating on all four sides, rising to the first floor. The Main Concourse will be located on the first floor and provide circulation to each of the spectator seats.
Which program spaces must be located on the ground floor? Check the three that apply.
General Building Storage
Athletic Locker Rooms
General Building Storage
Athletic Locker Rooms
The Program Elements resource includes a list of required spaces, spatial characteristics, and adjacency requirements. According to the resource, Loading/Staging requires direct access to the Main Event Space and General Building Storage making the ground floor the most appropriate location for these spaces. Placing the Athletic Locker Rooms on the ground floor fulfills the program’s requirement of allowing athletes easy access to the athletic court. The Main Entry and Hospitality Room require a connection to the Main Concourse, therefore the first floor is the correct location for both spaces. Per the program requirements, Guest Services/Information should also be located adjacent to the Main Entry.
This is an A/E level item requiring the analysis of both horizontal and vertical spatial relationships based in a building program.
In the bubble diagram below, drag the space labels from the left into the appropriate bubbles to meet all programmatic and client requirements.
To complete the bubble diagram, you’ll need to understand the spatial relationships of the new Event Center as they relate to the program and the client’s requirements. Per the Program Elements resource, the Main Entry is a transitional space from the Entry Plaza to the Main Event Space. The Hospitality Room requires views of the Main Event Space and a connection to the Main Concourse. Loading/Staging must have direct access to the Service Yard, General Building Storage, and the Main Event Space. Finally, the Athletic Locker Rooms need to be located near the Main Event Space, allowing athletes easy access to the athletic court.
This is an A/E level item requiring you to analyze the functional relationships of each space as it relates to the client requirements and building program.