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 [...]

Paint and Production

Good Morning! This week, we have been hard at work finishing details and beginning production! Steel is being cut and prepped for welding and will soon be sent off to paint. Autumn and I were given the task of building some drying racks for the metal to be placed on once painted, and we spent [...]

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, [...]

Construction Drawings vs. Shop Drawings

Shop drawings (also known as fabrication drawings): are detailed plans that translate design intent. They provide fabricators with the information necessary to manufacture, fabricate, assemble and install all the components of a structure. In this project, we are the fabricators, manufacturers, and installers for every component our design. As we move towards the end of [...]

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 [...]