Trevor Ball is a designer and partner at Stack Rock Group, around 10 years earlier he was given free reign to choose a 3D modeler for making architecture designs and he chose SketchUp. After that in these 10 years he has become the lead 3D designer, Trevor and his team use SketchUp for all of their visualization projects. He has given an interview to Caroline Early where he has shared a lot about his company and his work, this article is just a little description of that conversation.
A little about Stock Rock Group: It is an eccentric and creative Landscape Architecture firm based in Boise, Idaho and they are creative idealists who can see every kind of possibilities. They usually set foundation of project with skillful and right questions that help their clients to clarify their personal and business goals, needs, wants and desires etc. Usually the group guides general contractors, construction managers, homeowners, landscape and building contractors, building architects, real estate developers, corporations, institutions, municipalities, wineries and vineyards through their individual attention and detail excursion for every project. Their collaborative, thoughtful process helps clients to grow their businesses, project sustainability and grows many more positive impacts on their environment.
Stock Rock Group is also called a “SketchUp Firm” as all the landscape architects knows that it is very necessary to express their designs to clients in a decent and culinary way for which they use SketchUp in all their 3D projects for strong visualization. Modeling in 3D also helps their clients to understand fully about the site which gives them the feeling about the final project and also allow the architects to make any further change in the project. SketchUp helps them to import the linework of every concept and model them quickly that helps them to meet the deadlines and client meetings.
Reason to become total SketchUp techie: Trevor calls himself ‘total SketchUp nerd’ as he has been working with it since ten years, everyday and he loves SketchUp’s native commands as it gives him the ability to customize toolbars, help to find numerous groundbreaking extensions. According to him, SketchUp has any kind of extension for users for any field and the SketchUp Community forums have some of SketchUp Sages that will answer any asked questions by the users in a record time plus there is also other helpful users and SketchUp team members.
The team at Stock Rock Group: Though Trevor and his helpers is a part of a small team which is an 11 members team currently at Stack Rock Group and based in Boise, Idaho but has a growing office in Salt Lake City where they design projects all over the country like from California to Florida and everything in between. All the members know that they have the chance to make this firm exactly the place they want it to be, for which they are very serious and focused on their works. Moreover that, they don’t believe in finding the area f improvement rather they like to improve in every bit of their work. This little team is so dedicated and talented that it can handle a lot of projects around Boise like from small backyard planting, parks to medical and college campus, luxury residential properties, corporate campuses etc. and many more.
Some projects handled by the team: One of their main commercial projects was the HP campus located in Boise which is the first Sustainable SITES Initiative certified corporate campus in the world. SITES is the United States’ Green Building Council sustainable rating system for landscapes. This campus is above 200 acres where are 46 acres of moistened turf grass; 36 acres of active farmland etc. This project is like an investment in the local ecosystem services and as a sustainable model for site users and the community that become a huge success.
They are continuously focused on taking care their current clients and working on new projects; also unfinished with VR and alternatives rotes for rendering.
SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also.
SketchUp can be getting as a freeware version named SketchUp Make and a paid version with many more extra benefits called SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is software from Trimble Company and there is an online library of free model congregations and 3D Warehouse to which users can add other models; besides that, the program has drawing layout functionality with variable ‘styles’, supports third-party ‘plug-in’ programs hosted on the Extension Warehouse to supply other abilities and enables placement of its models in Google Earth. As SketchUp users are most of architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers etc. who works hard to give a nice shape to our physical world, they need great tools to do the work. SketchUp is in mission to bring their best to produce some great tools for drawing as drawing is the key thing of the SketchUp users. They draw to search ideas, to identify the things and to show other people their work that they do with love and love to build; SketchUp understands it truly and trying to improve their software day by day.