Getting the ball rolling

We are gearing up to start some field work. The crew have been working hard to get the drawings to the point where we can begin some work this weekend. Alex has finished the shop drawings for the steel in the build, so we can begin chopping, grinding and welding the parts and plates we [...]

The First Visit Back

Yesterday was the first site visit to Frierson Elementary School of the new semester. For the people new to the studio, like myself, it was the first time seeing the school and meeting some of the kids, teachers, and the principal! I had never been to a Montessori school so seeing the layouts of the [...]

To be Continued…

With Community Build coming to a close as the spring semester has come to an end here at the Clemson Design Center Charleston. We held our final review last Thursday. Unlike past projects, this final was not at a finished structures as we intended. Instead, we extended our previous mock-up of our trellis and presented [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Pushing Forward!

Welcome back to another installment of late night Studio V work! This week we’ve been nonstop grinding and welding and as you can guess, punching and painting. We’ve said it time and time again, we are hard at work trying to meet deadlines and produce a quality build for Frierson Elementary and the surrounding community [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Studio that Never Sleeps

After a long week of finalizing our design it seemed that no one would ever come to a concrete decision that would be universally agreed upon. When that finally happened, it was well within the "final hour" to finish deliverables for our presentation to Frierson Elementary today. We all met up and acted as a [...]