Meet The Team

While part of the group is out on site today completing our final concrete pour, I'd like to take the time to introduce our team! There are some old faces that you've seen in last semester's blog posts, and some new faces that have joined us for this semester. Although it's been a little rough [...]

Ian’s Aftermath

Heading back to the site after Hurricane Ian was a soggy site to see, to say the least. Professor Pastre visited the site on Saturday after the storm passed to discover that while the tarps we set up in preparation held up, however, we did not account for the water that would swell up from [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Progress from Setbacks

A great architect once told me that design is never finished, you must simply decide at what point do you move on. This is something that every architect struggles with, and we are no different. This week we struggled a lot with finalizing a design, iterations brought new and exciting ideas but also created more [...]

Next steps

After a successful small group design review on Monday at Frierson Elementary, we reconvened as a whole group to discuss the biggest takeaways from Monday’s review. We got some great feedback from the teachers and Nurse Nicole—even the kids had some ideas in their own designs that we hadn’t thought about, like soft comfortable seating. [...]