We have finally kicked off prefabrication at the Environmental Systems Laboratory not far from Virginia Tech's campus. Our studio has split into three groups, each working on a portion of the construction. The back of house group has begun framing the decked green room as well as the ramp leading to the front of the stage. The stage contingent has started framing the roof of the bandshell, while the front of house group began cutting pieces for the benches and framing the projection booth.
Meanwhile, onsite excavation has started. In the next few weeks, the site will be graded and foundations will be poured.
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.