Continued

This past week was full of introductions and picking up where the previous semester left off. We first reviewed details about our client, THE site, and the programming of our structure. Dave told us newbies the importance of the OSF (Office of School Facilities) and its long inspection process of the architectural drawing set. Since [...]

Through the Window

The stairs at our center here in Charleston are very narrow, which will come to no surprise to those that have studied in this building. After struggling to move 14' long pieces of lumber up these stairs, members of the studio had to get crafty and find another way to get the wood up to [...]

April 8th’s Green Roof Install – “TBT”

A few weeks ago we were able to take some time out of our busy schedules and revisit last semester's project, Ardmore Park; where we installed a green roof with almost 200, 1' x 2' planter boxes filled with succulents. We carried each one up a ladder and installed them onto a roof that was [...]

Nearing the End

While we are definitely bummed about postponing building until the fall semester, we are excited that we can still show off part of our design with a full-scale mock-up! We've been busily priming and painting all of the steel members for the trellis assembly, which will be part of our mock-up. The yellow, blue, and [...]

Cut, Grind, Weld, Repeat

Cut, Grind, Weld, Repeat. This is the formula we have been executing all weekend in preparation for our build. Each gable of our structure is joined together by steel plates that connect the rafter to column and column to collar tie. In the process, each plate has to be cut to length, hole punched for [...]

Prep Work

As we continue to hone our skills in the shop, cutting, grinding, and welding, we are also continuing to do work else where. First off digitally.  We started doing our shop drawings the week before break and have been continually working on them. Refining them, adding changes, and stream lining them. This will ensure that [...]

Learning to Weld

Yesterday, March 27th, the studio met after spring break to begin learning some welding and metal cutting/ grinding techniques. We began with angle grinders and the different blades that can be used. Some finish an edge, like a sander, while others cut the material. The cut isn't a perfect cut, like a bandsaw would produce, [...]

It’s All In the Details

After the big push to send our structural engineer, John Moore, our first round of construction drawings, we spent yesterday and will continue today redlining and coordinating with John on structural details. We have identified that not only do we have a big CD Set due by the end of the week, we also are [...]

Design for Detail

Good Morning! This weekend we have been hard at work producing structural drawings to send to John Moore today for redlining. The class has broken into several groups to tackle the memorial garden layout, storage and seating, the trellis structure, and the buildings. I have been working with the team to finalize the structure for [...]