The interior of the Masonic Amphitheatre will be clad with four different natural metals. We will be using a montage of aluminum, stainless steel, titanium and zinc panels of Alpolic. The materials and drill bits to cut them were generously donated to the project. We are custom cutting each of 130 pieces on our CNC router which has proved to be quite an adventure. After cutting through the aluminum, titanium and zinc fairly easily, stainless steel turned out to be a formidable opponent, testing the strength of the drill bits and the patience of the students. Nevertheless, we are excited to be using such a handsome palette of materials.
The design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech is a Project Based Experiential Learning program focused on the research, development and implementation of innovative construction methods and architectural designs. Students collaborate with local communities and industry experts to conceive and realize built architecture projects that are both educational and charitable in nature. The blog is run by design/buildLAB students, who are currently designing and building a pedestrian bridge in Clifton Forge, VA.