Clock’s Ticking

Today we started studio with discussing the plans for next two weeks as we have the first concrete pour scheduled for last weekend of the month. After the discussion we split into different groups and started tackling down the list to do one after another. Storage group started to finalize their material for their structure [...]

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 [...]

It’s All In the Details

After the big push to send our structural engineer, John Moore, our first round of construction drawings, we spent yesterday and will continue today redlining and coordinating with John on structural details. We have identified that not only do we have a big CD Set due by the end of the week, we also are [...]

13 Minds, One Structure

As we are moving along with our Final Design, I feel it is important to speak to the methods in which we are communicating and how we are navigating 13 opinions for one final design. Working with a group of two at times, let alone 13 people can be quite the challenge. It becomes an [...]

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. [...]

Let the Charrettes Continue!

During our last studio session, the team sat down and defined some program elements that we may want to consider in the design of the garden structure at Edith L. Frierson Elementary. Understanding the school's needs and what the structure will be used for is vital in creating a functional space for all to use. [...]

Slicin’ n Dicin’

Monday’s studio time was dedicated to assembling and finalizing our boards for Wednesday’s presentation at Frierson Elementary. This presentation will be an opportunity for the team to show Frierson all of the research and precedent studies we have done over the past couple of weeks. We want to be able to show and prove that [...]

And So It Begins…

On January 24th our community build studio ventured out to Wadmalaw Island for a look at the site for the semester project: Edith L. Frierson Elementary School. Edith L. Frierson, the woman for whom the school is named, was a  prominent community leader and educator on Wadmalaw Island for 48 years. The school serves all [...]