ARE 5.0 Demo Exam Answers

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    Ryan NCARB

    Hey everyone!  We have posted an article that contains all of the correct answers to the Demonstration Exam case study items and their rationales.

     

    It can be found HERE.

     

    Hope this is useful as you prepare.

     

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    Ryan NCARB

    Hey Glenn,

    With the exception of the case study items, all of the demo item answers are in the ARE 5.0 Handbook.  This also provides you the rationale as to why the correct answer is correct.

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    Glenn Mutz

    Thanks Ryan.  Where can one find the answers to the case study items?

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    Ryan NCARB

    Hey Glen,

    Here are the answers:

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    Q: 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?
     
    A: 50 ft.
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    Q:  What is the minimum number of off-street parking spaces required for the new Event Center?
     
    A: 1250 parking spaces
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    Q:  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. 

    A:  General Building Storage/Athletic Locker Rooms/Loading-Staging Area

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    For the Hot Spot item, the location must be along the edge where the property line touches University Drive. The wetlands area must remain undisturbed so the entry plaza should connect between the wetland area and where the property line angles away from University Drive.

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    For the Drag-and-Place item:

    We will work on getting these published in a more accessible space and include the rationales.  Hope this helps.

     

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    Valentina Gaglio

    Thanks Ryan,

    I am not following how the parking is calculated...

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    Nick NCARB

    Hi Valentina,

    Good question. Since the item is asking for the number of off-street parking spaces, you will need to navigate to this section in the Zoning Ordinance (Section 4). Per the Zoning Code, theaters, auditoriums, stadiums or arenas all require 1 parking space per 4 seats. Since the Event Center seats 5,000 people (this can be found in the program), it can be determined that 1,250 off-street parking spaces are required. 

    Hopefully this clears up your question!

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    Tracie Waters

    This was very helpful.  Thank you for sharing the information with all.

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    Valentina Gaglio

    Ah thanks. I hadn't seen the info, so I guess my lesson is:seriously read the program. I also notice the zoning of the lot shows at the top of the zoning ordinance. That setup surprised me, so I'm sharing.

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    Theodore Diamond

    I'm not seeing how the building height can only be 50'.  In the exam code reference, type IB construction is a maximum of 160' with an allowable 20' higher for sprinklers.  Can you clarify?

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    Glenn Mutz

    You have to look under the Zoning Ordnance Tab.  This report tells us that our purposed building is in zone DR-3.5 this is under section 1 zoning classification.  If you look under section 5 building height requirements it states Maximum building height in zone DR-3.5 is 50 feet.  

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    Theodore Diamond

    Thanks!

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    Glenn Mutz

    No problem.  Glad I could help.  

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    George Donkor

    Hi Ryan, can you please provide a visual for the Hot Spot item. I know you've described it above, but a visual will really help clarify this for me. I'd like to know the range of area to click.

    Thank you.

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    Nick NCARB

    Hi George, 

    I would recommend checking out the Hot Spot video on the NCARB YouTube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXgdVfja5H4 ) as well as the sample Hot Spot items in the ARE 5.0 Handbook. This should give you an idea of how drop areas are sized on ARE 5.0. Remember, you don't need to click on an exact pixel, just within the designated area. As long as you click between the wetland, University Drive, and the heritage tree, you will register a correct response. Try not to overthink your response. 

    Hope this helps!

     

     

     

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    Christopher McGill

    Any explanation of the location of the hospitality room versus concessions?  The first require visual access but the latter must have convenient access to seats. I switched the two.

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    Nick NCARB

    Hi Christopher,

    Good question. Since the program states that the Hospitality Room requires views overlooking the Main Event Space, it would need to be adjacent to that particular space. That makes the upper right bubble incorrect. I hope this helps!

     

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    Eoanna Harrison

    Regarding the following question:

    "Which program spaces must be located on the ground floor? Check the three that apply. 

    A:  General Building Storage/Athletic Locker Rooms/Loading-Staging Area"

     

    I had this at first, but then looking through the program requirements again it states that the Main Entry is a 'transitional space from the exterior plaza to the main event space' and then that the Guest Services/Information is adjacent to the Main Entry. Would that mean it should also be places on the ground floor or am I reading too much into this?

     

    The Locker Room and General Building storage say to be near the Main Event space, which may not necessarily mean the same floor?

     

     

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    Nick NCARB (Edited )

    Hi Eoanna,

    Good question!  It is important to note that the question includes the following information:

    "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"

    According to the Program Elements 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.  On the first floor, it is important to recognize that the Main Concourse is the primary circulation space for spectators visiting the area (around 5,000 people).  Since Ticketing, the Main Entry, and Information need to be adjacent spaces and connect to the Main Concourse, the first floor makes the most sense. That allows the Locker Rooms to be located on the ground floor providing the athletes easy access to the Main Event Space.

    Try not to overthink the question and second-guess yourself.  Also, remember that this is an A/E level item which requires making a judgement based on given criteria. I recommend checking out page 5 of the ARE Handbook which talks about cognitive complexity on the exam.

    I hope this helps, and best of luck as you continue to prepare for the exam!

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    Adam Steinbach

    Why don't we have to incorporate parking for the other services?  For example, there are 4 offices for staff at 150 NSF, why aren't these calculated into the overall parking requirement? Considering it is listed in the zoning (3.3 per 1000SF).  By those calculations, wouldn't we need to provide another 2 spots?

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    Ryan NCARB

    Adam,

    The zoning ordinance and parking requirements in THIS case study are pretty general, particularly compared to some you may experience in practice.  The parking requirements here are based on the overall building typology, not each space type within the building.  If it were the later, then you don't have enough information to solve the item because no parking requirements are even provided in the zoning ordinance for concession/retail spaces, athletic locker rooms, etc.  Be careful in the exam to use what has been provided but to not over-complicate it for yourself.  Hope this helps. 

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    Michael Booth

    Thank you for posting the answers!

    In regards to the bubble diagram question, one can easily argue to flip the Concessions/Retail and the Hospitality Room.

    Per the program the concessions/Retail space must be convenient to all seating areas. The main seating area is clearly the main event space, convenience clearly implies proximity of those spaces is needed. The hospitality room on the other hand requires a view to the main event space. This also implies a need of proximity, however I would argue that could be achieved by providing a view corridor of some sort without necessarily direct proximity.

    So many questions on the exams have multiple parts and come to down such a small component on whether they are "correct or incorrect". I have experienced this countless times in the actual exams (4.0 and 5.0) and it is very frustrating. The fact that there is no opportunity to plead ones case on a specific questions of this nature VERY misaligned with architectural practice. 

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    Ryan NCARB

    Hey Michael,

    As the program states, the Hospitality Room requires views overlooking the Main Event Space and a connection to the Main Concourse.  This is pretty clear that it is more than just a casual proximity required and the thin line between the Hospitality Room and the Main Event Space illustrate this connection in the bubble diagram.  The Concession/Retail also makes most sense near the Loading/Staging and Service Yard areas.  Hope this helps.

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    Heather Ferrell

    Hi Ryan,

    Where in the handbook are the answers located? Thank you!

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    Ryan NCARB

    Heather,

    The answers are found throughout the Handbook and correspond to the division they were taken from.  The case study answers are found HERE.

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    Danielle Bersch

    I thought it was generally considered bad practice to build within 100 feet of wetlands...

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    Baylee Holder

    I am still a little confused about this question... 

     

    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.

    A:  General Building Storage/Athletic Locker Rooms/Loading-Staging Area"

     

    Why is the main entry not included in this answer? I don't think I'm "over thinking it"...

     

    The program clearly states transitional space from the exterior plaza ground floor) to the main event space and the main event space is located on the ground floor

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

     

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    David Kaplan

    Baylee,

    Admittedly, I don't have the program open nor do I have this question memorized, but I am inclined to believe that this is a classic "must question."  The question asks "which program spaces MUST be located on the ground floor?"  Again, just guessing here, but I would hazard to guess that the three correct answers absolutely HAVE TO BE located on the ground floor in the context of this question and given the adjacency requirements of those three spaces, whereas the Main Entry COULD be located on the ground floor, but perhaps it could also be located on the first floor?  I'd have to read the program document to see if that was true.

    I welcome any other answers, but just some advice: any time you get one of these "must" questions, go through each option and try to identify which truly fit that qualification. 

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    Baylee Holder (Edited )

    David,

     

    Thanks so much for your comment. 

    I guess I'm confused because in the snip below taken directly from the program it states main entry must be a transitional space from the main event space which is said to be located on the ground floor in the question... 

     

    To me there is no way around this, the main entry must be a transitional space to the main event space which is located on the ground floor. 

     

    Thanks for the advice on the classic "must question" type. I understand your point but still think this question/answer is strange

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    Sean Connor

    For the building height question, where does it state that the proposed building is in zone DR-3.5?

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    Nick NCARB

    Hey Sean,

    This information is at the top of page 2 under Section 1 - Zoning Classification

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