Here’s a shout out to the “oldie” Civil Engineer proponents who are pushing for CEs to be allowed to sign architectural plans. Civil Engineering undergrads, we hope you get to read this, and we hope it spurs you to wake up and take a look at how illogical your oldies are. -_-
This post is not an affront to the Civil Engineers of the Philippines. Its sole purpose is to illustrate simple truths that the less-corrupt officials of our government should consider:
Engineering does not have a SINGLE design class, and they’re going to be allowed to sign design plans? Architecture students take FIVE structural design classes to complete the course. I’m guessing majority of CE students aren’t aware of this. Yes, we know how to design beams, columns, footings and trusses to combat shear, bending, buckling, etc. Yes, we have to ingrain empirical formulas in our heads to smoothly go through the step-by-step process of sizing structural members and their components. Yes, we know how to do the portal method for structural frames. We’re trained to do structural calculations for up to 2-storey buildings, at the very least. But that doesn’t cause us young architects to go around claiming we’re skilled enough to sign structural documents. We get it- you’re the SPECIALISTS at structure. It’s what you’re trained for. You DESERVE the RIGHT to be the SOLE structural professional.
We’re the DESIGN specialists – kindly give us the same right.
Engineers are specialists in engineering, designers are specialists in design. Architectural for Architects, Structural for CEs.
Now you might think “big deal, pampaganda lang naman ang design ah“. How very wrong this is. Read some of the previous posts of this blog and ask yourself if you’ve ever been trained in class to think like that. Good design uplifts the standard of life. Bad design destroys communities (not an exaggeration).
As a strong example, we at Arch360 Philippines would like to give you an insider’s view on how Architecture students are trained to design, and how CEs aren’t.
If we were to say, gather two teams of 6 people for an esquisse (an architectural exam): 5 Arki Students + 1 Doctor and 5 CE Students +1 Doctor, lock them in separate rooms with all the materials they need, and give them 3 days to design a 100 BED HOSPITAL.
To make things even easier, we’ll even provide the Space Programming (shown below)
It’s now up to the teams think like designers and interpet the implications of the data below to produce an effective design proposal. Plans, sections, elevations, Site Development Plans, Perspectives and Sectional Perspectives, Conceptual Utility Layouts even.
Welcome to the world of designer. This is what we are TRAINED to do. Remember, screw up the layout and people could actually die. (again, not an exaggeration)
Let the designing begin!
|NO.||ROOM TITLE||SPACE DEMAND||TOTAL AREA|
|(SQ. MTS.)||(SQ. MTS.)|
|Affiliate’s Room and Library||45.00|
|Office of the Chief of Hospital w/ Toilet||36.00|
|Accounting Room w/ Toilet||36.00|
|Office of the Chief Nurse w/ Toilet||27.00|
|Office of the Administrative Officer w/ Toilet||27.00|
|Business and Finance Office w/ Toilet||108.00|
|Office of the Department Head – (Typical)||18.00|
|Printing and Storage Room||13.50|
|Public Toilet Facilities||36.00|
|MEDICAL SOCIAL SERVICE OFFICE w/ Toilet||27.00|
|2.0||MEDICAL RECORDS ROOM|
|Minor Operating Room||18.00|
|Waiting Area with Stretcher Nook||18.00|
|Doctor’s On Duty Room w/ Toilet||31.50|
|Nurses’ Locker Room w/ Toilet||18.00|
|LABOR ROOM W/ TOILET||54.00|
|SURGICAL SUPERVISOR’S AREA||9.00|
|STERILE INSTRUMENT & SUPPLY STORAGE||13.50|
|LOUNGE AREA AND LOCKER ROOMS|
|Staff Locker Room and Toilet||27.00|
|Nurses’ Locker Room w/ Toilet||18.00|
|CENTRAL STERILIZING AND SUPPLY ROOM||63.00|
|INTENSIVE CARE UNIT||108.00|
|VISITOR’S WAITING AREA||18.00|
|Septic Nursery and Work Room||13.50|
|Suspect/Pathologic Nursery and Work Room||22.50|
|STRETCHER NOOK AND TRANSFER||13.50|
|Rad-Fluoro X-ray Room||27.00|
|Radiographic X-ray Room||27.00|
|Changing Rooms w/ Toilets||13.50|
|Waiting Area with Stretcher Nook||27.00|
|Radiologist’s Office w/ Toilet||18.00|
|Staff Room w/ Toilet||18.00|
|Film File Storage||9.00|
|Bacteriology and Serology Section||18.00|
|Urinalysis and Biochemistry Section||18.00|
|Waiting Area w/ Toilet||31.50|
|Pathologist’s Office w/ Toilet||18.00|
|Glass Washing and Sterilizing||22.50|
|Locker Room and Toilet||13.50|
|Chief Pharmacist’s Office||13.50|
|Staff Work Area||13.50|
|Patient Dispensing Area and Drug Info.||13.50|
|Extemporaneous Preparation Area||13.50|
|OPD Waiting Area||54.00|
|OPD Admitting/Information Counter||18.00|
|Office of the OPD Chief||22.50|
|OPD Records Room||18.00|
|Consultation Room (Pedia/Under Six)||18.00|
|Consultation Room (Medical)||18.00|
|Consultation Room (Surgical)||18.00|
|Consultation Room (OB-Gyne)||18.00|
|Consultation Room (Family Planning)||18.00|
|Consultation Room (Dental)||36.00|
|Consultation Room (ENT)||18.00|
|Consultation Room (Eye)||18.00|
|Minor Operating Room||27.00|
|WARD NURSE STATION AND SERVICE GROUP|
|TYPICAL 1-BED ROOM W/ T&B||9X18.00 = 162.00|
|TYPICAL 2-BED WARD W/ T&B||4X18.00 = 72.00|
|TYPICAL 4-BED WARD W/ T&B||2X36.00 = 72.00|
|DIETITIAN’S OFFICE w/ Toilet||22.50|
|FOOD PREPARATION AREA||198.00|
|SPECIAL DIET ROOM||9.00|
|STAFF DINING ROOM||81.00|
|TRAY TRUCK PARK, WASH AREA||18.00|
|LOCKER ROOM AND TOILETS||22.50|
|GARBAGE DISPOSAL CUBICLE||9.00|
|11.00||LINEN AND LAUNDRY|
|Linen Office and Work Room||36.00|
|Central Linen Storage||27.00|
|Receiving and Sorting Area||54.00|
|Pressing and Ironing Area||54.00|
|12.00||MAINTENANCE AND MOTORPOOL|
|Office of the Chief Engineer||36.00|
|Bio-medical Equipment Room||27.00|
|Mechanical and Electrical Room||31.50|
|Locker Room and Toilet||27.00|
|Garage and Work Area||162.00|
|Power House w/ Generator||27.00|
|Locker Room and Toilet||9.00|
|GRAND TOTAL AREA||6,095.70|
1) Visitor Parking ——————————————– 36 slots
2) Staff Parking ———————————————- 14 slots
3) Service Parking (including ambulance) ———— 6 slots
How did you do?
Did you consider daylight factor curves? Did you think of Amihan, Habagat and Sunpath to reduce energy consumption? How about OptimumRT and acoustical defects that could critically maim the OR? What is the proximity of Laboratory to Radiology? Did you supply a big enough OPD to answer the uniquely Filipino demand? Did you think about the need for a small additional minor-surgery space in the Emergency department because of how it works? How are you corridors designed? How does the positive and negative pressure of airflow work with respect to the wards, corridors, and Fire Exit? Remember, a design without air pressure in mind could mean that corridor-dwellers could be exposed to TB and smoke will enter your Fire Exit. Are they single loaded? Did you use Awning Windows for the cancer-ward knowing fully well the demographic’s tendency towards suicide? How much space did you allocate? What is the minimum sqm requirement of a urinal to be HUMANELY used? Does your grid have a column right in front of the reception desk?. Will there be a beam or p-trap lying directly over the Operating Bed? Does your plumbing layout concept take into consideration the 2% slope of the horizontal? How many circuit breakers do you have per floor? About how large does your septic tank need to be? Cistern? Overhead Tank? Did you consider the turning radius of a 13-wheeler truck for your basement ramp? Did you even consider the largest vehicle that the service zone would need for deliveries? is your basement parking laminar in flow? Did you design the building thinking about project management? Where will the site Temfacil be?
And of course… the Aesthetics part. Yung pampaganda.
Is your design aesthetic cohesive? Did you use biologically sound finishes that will brigthen up the spaces. Does the way you lined up your tiles unknowingly create a path that makes circulation less confusing? Do the wards have good views and vistas towards foliage and life to improve patient recovery? Are overall lighting levels producing glare on the bedside wall? Is your lobby welcoming and good for business? Did you design your ramp to the Emergency room thinking of the old crying lolo who will rush up on it, carrying his sick child? Is your form moulded in such a way that its apex will be seen from 3 blocks away, right from the corner of a major road? Do your brise soleils add depth and rhythm to the facade, while at the same time protect the soffits from rain and sun? Is your form a huge block, or did you create a complex of buildings with interstitial pocket gardens, opening up corridors to beautiful views and supplying great lighting and ventilation? Are your fire signages located .3M above the floor because you know users will CRAWL in a fire? Will your building fit well into the spirit of place of the community, or will it be too intimidating?
I typed all these considerations off the top of my head in 10 MINUTES. I’m a 4th year Architecture Student, and this is how I’ve been trained to think as I design. (This was actually one of our plates in 3rd year) As you can see, design students think about more than just the prettiness of it all.
It might not look it on the surface, but WE SAVE LIVES because of how we’re trained to think. Designing is valuable. And it is SHIT hard to get right.
Civil Engineers are no different. They SAVE LIVES in their own way for sure. And their work is of GREAT importance to the safety and welfare of the country. CEs are effing AWESOME at what they do, because they are trained to be awesome in that respect.
But if they think for a second that they are trained and qualified to save lives with design, I think the vast majority of CE students with “Dafuq” on their face after reading this will prove otherwise.
Hey, “oldie” CEs, aka the proponents, your course does not qualify you to be designers in the SLIGHTEST way. Architectural for Architects. Structural for Civil Engineers. No infringing on specialty.
Point proven. Now let us all please wake up and stick to where we were trained.