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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Got Structure?

Today, each of the teams have been hard at work so that we will be ready to combine our ideas tomorrow into one cohesive design to present to the students and faculty at Frierson Elementary on Monday. As part of the structure team, we had the task of figuring out a roof design and column [...]

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. [...]

Laying Out our Layout

As we get into the design side, sometimes we can get stuck in the middle of the design and not see the bigger picture. We can get caught up in how the building looks and not how it functions. When this happens, the best thing for a group to do is to step back and [...]

It has been a busy week for the Community Build studio here at the Cigar Factory! We are working tirelessly to provide various concepts for our presentation next Monday at Frierson Elementary. After our studio wide check-in last Monday, my team and I working on the small group design discussed further the elements and ideas [...]