Tim Applebee, a second year M.Arch student, has been awarded the 2017 Connecticut Architecture Foundation Scholarship (CAF) and an AIA National Scholarship. Carpenter's Tower, the project he submitted to the scholarship review committee, is a residential high-rise on Bushnell Park designed in Architectural Studio I (ARC511), advised by Associate Professor Ted Sawruk. The high-rise design also integrated coursework from Advanced Building Systems (ARC513), instructed by Assistant Professor Seth Holmes.
His project featured design-specific energy modeling and a naturally ventilated double facade system. Importantly, the tower design also proposed a hybrid cross-laminated-timber structure predicated on SOM's Timber Tower Research Project (2013). Tim noted that his inspiration for the design of Carpenter's Tower, especially its structure, came from the work of his grandfather, a union carpenter who helped build 777 Main Street as well as Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford following WWII.
Timothy expressed his gratitude to Professor Sawruk and Professor Holmes for integrating their coursework, an approach that strengthened and inspired his final design. He also expressed appreciation to the entire Architecture Department for their valuable feedback and support.