As the week comes to an end, the Frierson group is working to execute the prefabricated elements for the counter, bench, and door handles. Because of the long commute to the site, we are staying in the shop this week to precut and weld as many pieces as possible. It is crucial we start pre-assembling [...]
Rethinking God’s House (Well This One, at Least)
I have the pleasure of working with Bill Stanfield, CEO of Metanoia, the nonprofit that I am partnered with this semester that focuses on youth leadership, affordable housing and community development. In getting to know him, I've come to find that he also serves as the assistant pastor at the St. Matthew Baptist Church of [...]
Today was another day progressing our designs for our next meeting with our stakeholders, but much of what was started on today were physical models. Physical models are key tools in quickly communicating a design idea to others - sometimes in a simplicity that can't be captured by a computer program. As has been done [...]
To The Sky!
With our final review on Friday, we have been working hard. This weekend the site crew was working on finishing the roof and belt line. The remaining purlins were put up on Saturday which meant we could begin attaching the tin roof. The long tin sheets took a team to raise. Kyle and I would [...]
The Waiting Game
Before we can move forward with the project we need to get some more wood. We are currently waiting on a large order of wood that will give us the materials we need to get this project up! The wood should be here by the end of the week. Once the wood arrives, we will [...]
Site Visit Day
Today is the new group's first visit to the site and first time meeting the staff. We have been preparing plenty of material to get the best faculty and student feedback to finish the design. I, personally, am very excited to see what the student engagement is like, especially with the idea of preserving their [...]
The Calm Before the Storm
Today we prep for our final review, most of the steel is prepped and ready to be assembled in our studio space for our final review tomorrow. We worked late into the night yesterday to set things up and now we are ready for the final assembly. With less than 24 hours before our final [...]
Trellis Mock + Site Lines… check!
This weekend the community Build studio split up into two groups, team "mock up" and team "site lines". Team Mock up worked in the shop preforming welds, angle grinding, and wood cutting to assemble a mock up of our trellis design. Pictured below is a full scale mock up of a portion of the trellis [...]
Let’s do some Engineering!
Finally Friday!! After a busy week of work, meetings, and more work; we are coming to our final meeting of the week. We will be meeting this evening with two of Charleston's finest engineers and architects: Reggie Gibson and John Moore. Reggie has helped Clemson architecture students in the past years and has done an [...]
Post Small-Group Design Review
On Monday, it was the perfect afternoon to head back down to Wadmalaw Island to present our small group designs boards & models to the teachers, faculty & students of Fredith L. Frierson Elementary School. It was a unique privilege and opportunity to be able to communicate our ideas to the school's fourth and [...]