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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Water Edge, Tree Line, Open Space

Last week, the studio decided to divide the East side of the site into three different sections because of the many possible opportunities in the area. Each person was responsible for making a site plan of the future site, incorporating the pavilion in their designated section, and how secondary paths may look within their area. [...]

Presentation Prep

As the first full week of the semester progressed, we continued to prepare for our Friday meeting with Jason Kronsberg, Director of Parks in the City of Charleston. Each team delved further into their research and the corresponding graphic components needed for the presentation. The new students focused specifically on site research to familiarize themselves [...]