We have begun to confront the problem of how to bend the white oak decking that clads the amphitheatre. We have been in contact with artist Matthias Pliessnig, who is well known for his wood bending expertise. At his direction we built a steam box using a ten foot section of six inch PVC pipe and a professional grade laundry steamer. After an hour in the steam box, the unbendable bends!
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.