So Much to be Thankful for…

We are returning today from a much needed Thanksgiving break, and we wanted to share what we are thankful for. We are thankful for our families, our friends, and getting to spend time with them over the break. We are thankful for our Clemson family including faculty, professors, mentors, and peers. We are thankful for [...]

Measure 10 Times Cut Once

#TeamSteel has been hard at work this past week – we’ve started cutting the steel for the metal roof connections! This metal ridge is sandwiched between each pair of rafters and connects the green and corrugated metal roofs together. The 18 green roof rafter connections are all relatively similar – but the 18 on the [...]

Breaking Ground

Yesterday the City of Charleston helped us start the construction process by digging out our foundation. Today we will be shaping the dirt for our concrete pad and then starting to place form work and a vapor barrier to prepare for our first concrete pour next Friday! We will also have our shop drawings complete [...]

Preparing for Pre-Fabrication

As we begin to wrap up our first draft of construction documents, it is time that we start thinking critically about how we are going to physically build the different pieces that make up our project. While one group heads out to the site to stake out the building footprint, the other groups are hard [...]

On Time and On Budget

Today in studio we divided into several teams to wrap up our CD set for this Friday! (Hopefully!) Danny, Ian, and I continued to work on the material list to put together an accurate cost estimate. Throughout the process thus far, we’ve all been mindful of our cost limitations and have done our best to [...]

Keep On Moving Along

We had a great talk with Kim and discussed how to make a rainwater garden and the calculations for it to become successful. To give a quick recap, we have divided into four groups, each focusing on significant components in the design. Some of the details are the roof structure, lateral stability, slab shape, etc. [...]

Rain Rain Rain Garden

Today we are meeting with Kim Morganello to discuss a rain garden that was installed a few weeks ago in Enston Homes. Kim Morganello is a Water Resource Associate for Clemson Extension based in Charleston. We are proposing a rain garden in our design and Kim Morganello will help give us a greater understanding of [...]

Getting [the] Good [kind of] Feedback

Yesterday we met with the city and the Charleston Parks Conservancy to get some preliminary feedback on our small group designs. We got some great feedback from them on big picture items such as potential site placement and structure. On Monday, September 27th, we will be attending the Ardmore-Sherwood Forrest neighborhood Association to introduce the project [...]

Morphing Ideas

Wednesday in studio we continued working towards our Monday deadline – the Ardmore Sherwood Forest neighborhood association meeting. This point in the semester is critical as we continue to develop ideas individually, and in small groups. It is always challenging to morph together individual design ideas in a cohesive manner, making sure everyone’s voice is [...]