Doing More than Before

As we reflect on this past semester, we grappled with the disappointment of not being able to build this semester officially. We each had signed up for this class with the full expectations that no matter what, we would be able to see a built structure on a site in Charleston County. And while this [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Giving the Handrails a Facelift

Our second project for "Spring Cleaning" is at Forrest Park where we tackled some small repairs on the bridge. The bridge was completed in the Fall of 2020 that utilized tensegrity as an architectural form for the basis of the bridge. Using steel rods as cables, the bridge works in tension to connect the Bikeway [...]

Holes

Anyone who has seen the movie Holes (or read the book) knows that digging holes is hard work. Maybe Shia LaBeouf knows it best of all. As it turns out Studio V is also about to learn firsthand what it takes to dig some holes. After a successful day of spray painting the lines for [...]

And Lift Off!

After a strong push to get things assembled and ready last weekend and the past few days things are starting to fall into place, literally! With all the posts finally up, using the Genie Lifts that were brought back from Celmson on Monday (thanks Cam!), we were able to get our 48 ft long gutter [...]

Almost Ready to Lift

Last night we moved all the rafters to the site and assembled our 48 FOOT beams that run down the center of the structure helping to support the roof and gutter. A couple of key deliveries came yesterday: Our GUTTER and the wire mesh for our vertical garden. Moving forward this week you will see [...]