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New Math

New Math

My kids went to the charter school in San Carlos for a while and they were taught using different conceptual methods for doing math.  Many of the methods they used were confusing to me but the thing is that however you go about adding, subtracting, and multiplying shouldn’t matter as much as obtaining the same result regardless of the methodology chosen.

In other words.  2+2=4 whether your process is 1+1+1+1 or 2+2 or 3+1 the result is 4 it is never 5.

Everyone with me so far?  Good…

Here is where things get complicated.  The maximum height of the SCTV buildings has been explained to the community at 49 feet.  As a matter of fact the developer corrected our president when he rounded up the number to 50 feet.

However when I look at the architectural schematics for the project I see a different result.

Take a look at this:

If you take a close look at the roof midpoint it is 48 feet 8 inches high.  The T.O. Plate or what I would call the lower section of the roof is 45 feet.  The delta is 3 feet and 8 inches from low roof point to mid roof point.  That means there are 3 feet and 8 inches left to go to get to the top of the roof or what I would call the building height.  Add 3 feet and 8 inches to the midpoint and you get 52 feet and 4 inches.  Here is the kicker, take another look at that diagram and you can see that the roof midpoint numbers are referring to the lower section of the building on the left side of the diagram.  The highest point of the building is actually higher than 52 feet and 4 inches.   A rough guess on my part would make the tallest section 56 feet high. Too bad the diagrams don’t explicitly state the height as I don’t like to estimate but I really feel we need to get a straight answer as to the height of the buildings.

Ok, so I’ll take another cross section and will examine that.  As always just click on the drawing for a larger size.  Here we go:

The roof midpoint on this schematic shows the midpoint of the roof at 48 feet 10 inches high.  The T.O. Plate or what I would call the lower section of the roof is 45 feet.  The delta is 3 feet and 10 inches from low roof point to mid roof point.  That means there are 3 feet and 10 inches left to go to get to the top of the roof or what I would call the building height.  Add 3 feet and 10 inches to the midpoint and you get 52 feet and 8 inches.

Ok now lets take a look at the three story building south of the Train Depot this is the building that extends from south of the train depot to Montgomery street:

This is a Three story building so the natural inclination is to think it will not be as tall as the residential buildings.  On this southernmost building the plate height is 38 feet and the roof midpoint is 42 feet and 6 inches.  That means that the distance between the low point and midpoint on the roof is 4 feet and 6 inches.  Add that to the midpoint and you get a building that is 47 feet high.  Remember this is an especially tall three story building that is supposed to fit in with a national historic landmark right next to it.  We also have the Drake building across the street and the Carlos club as historically important buildings that this complex need to fit in and complement.

When you look at this cross section realize that there are six more buildings to the immediate north.  All of them are taller and larger than the two pictured above.

The scale and height of this complex dwarfs the Train depot and Drake building.  It dwarfs all other residential and commercial developments in San Carlos.  It will forever change the landscape and character of our town.

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