I had every intention to post this entry last weekend over the Thanksgiving break, but life got the better of me. It would have been more timely then, but I’d now like to take this opportunity to thank some people and groups who have been integral in helping with this semester’s Studio V project.
There have been many “Angels” that have affected our semester’s endeavors, but none more than the Charleston Parks Conservancy. I met with them this summer about my interest in the CAC.C joining them in renovating the Corinne Jones Playground, and they have been our biggest ally ever since. The executive Director Jim Martin sat in on several of our design critiques and has encouraged us all along the way to create something special. None of this would have been possible without the Parks Conservancy’s support.
The City of Charleston Department of Parks has been a great partner in this process. Matt Compton and his crew have helped us in countless ways. Whether it is in borrowing equipment, giving advise, or just lending a helping hand, the city’s Department of Parks has been there to help all along the way.
We have been lucky to have had a lot of help from experts in different fields to bring our ideas to fruition. My background is in working wood, and other than that I am learning right along with the students. Concrete became a major material in our design, 24 yards to be exact, and with help from structural engineer John Moore of 4SE and retired concrete contractor Steve Gross, our product turned out as though it were professionally produced. I also met Greg Fitzpatrick, a former Clemson architecture graduate and current CAF board member this semester, and he suggested we hot dip galvanize the steel slats and also facilitated teaming us up with Marshall Griffin of Industrial Galvanizers in Columbia to get it done. Marshall donated the galvanizing for this project as well as got a vendor of his (InfoSight Corporation) to donate tags to label each steel angle that could handle the galvanizing process.
Thanks must be paid to Director Ray Huff and the rest of the CAC.C faculty and staff. They have all been very supportive and understanding of the students dedication to this project and have all made many concessions to allow for it. I understand that it is not easy to adjust schedules to accommodate for our extreme construction schedule.
Lastly, I want to thank the students for working so hard this semester and I understand it was not an easy thing to do. It’s hard to believe that over the past month more than 2400 combined hours were spent working on this project. It was my pleasure to be a part of this studio and this project. I am very proud of both.