Last week, we all loaded up our cars with models, drawings, cardboard stands, and a t-shirt or two and headed to Clifton Forge for a weekend of cultural immersion. We spent Thursday, Friday, and Saturday getting to know the town where we'll be working this spring (and getting to know each other better, too!). On Sunday, we presented our designs for the Autism School to the townspeople of Clifton Forge.
On Thursday, we moseyed down to Clifton Forge, stopping at the Belvedere Gardens in Salem, first. Keith and Marie suggested we pay close attention to the detailing in the burial garden.
The area was beautiful and serene.
After spending time at the Belvedere Gardens, we headed to the Homeplace for dinner. The lovely women there loaded us up with barbeque, fried chicken, roast beef, and side dishes until we almost popped. After dinner, we drove the rest of the way to Clifton Forge and settled in to our new home, the Red Lantern Inn.
That night, we headed to Jack Mason's Tavern for some pool and good company- Friday was going to be a big day, so we made sure to take it easy Thursday night and enjoy ourselves.
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.