Archinect - design/buildLAB 2014-04-24T00:52:35-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/98320166/open-house-this-friday Open House This Friday design/buildLAB 2014-04-19T13:19:14-04:00 >2014-04-19T13:20:30-04:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kkc4ugqgu4vdypg8.jpg">The design/buildLAB would like to invite you to its annual Open House on Friday, April 25 from 10am-4pm! All are welcome for a BBQ and presentation of the Fieldhouse Project at our prefabrication facility (ESL, 4076 Prices Fork Rd, Blacksburg). Hope to see you there!</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/97982307/public-design-unveiling Public Design Unveiling design/buildLAB 2014-04-13T23:24:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T07:26:58-04:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fbulcj11vdmenzi.jpg">It has been a busy week for our studio! As prefab powers on, we have completed the ceiling on all of the roof panels and are ready to apply the final layer of sheathing and the roof membrane!</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7y/7y7igro49e0thl8v.jpg">"Steel Team 6" began prefabrication of the screen and steel bents. Last year's student design team even came out to help with the welding! Meanwhile, the assembly of the building's formwork powers on in the wood shop.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u8/u8zft8qn8r9z43gs.jpg">We were delighted to attend the Opening Day festivities put on by the Clifton Forge Little League on Saturday, where we were invited to unveil the fieldhouse design to the public.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hq/hqmizaue4n4zgjjs.jpg">With our model, material samples, and renderings in stow, we were able to walk the little league participants through the experience of the project.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0ou3kct10kvbpahe.jpg">Sporting our new design/buildLAB baseball tees, we were easily recognizable if any league participants had questions.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u2/u2n94ktmvyto0k28.jpg">Our renderings helped the patrons better picture how some of the areas of the fieldhouse could be used.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cx/cxehldrjdo5okty0.jpg">Excitement was evident among those at the...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/96356488/prefab-week-1 Prefab Week 1 design/buildLAB 2014-03-23T21:36:09-04:00 >2014-03-23T21:40:12-04:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/88/88o0txqgg9aag6k4.jpg">This past week we started prefab out at ESL! It was refreshing to say goodbye to our computers and get our hands a little dirty! (Some people really needed it...)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lx/lx9y96c0rwrgzinn.jpg">ESL was one beautifully organized circus. With no time to waste, we split up into teams so that we could simultaneously produce elements for the building.&nbsp;Our first items to be tackled were the roof panels, cabinetry, and formwork.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/op/oporsggq5zicn9oo.jpg">Happening around ESL all at the same time &nbsp;was LVL and joist marking...</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wy/wyq7flf9boq5094k.jpg">Cutting of joists and LVLs.....</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5y/5y34gdfbi91raz91.jpg">Cutting of blocking...</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p00mqn0bh6bc0w8h.jpg">Cutting of formwork and cabinetry in the wood shop...</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ig/igk0cx35mks9689i.jpg"></p><p>And assembly of the roof panels. By the end of the week, those roof panels were almost starting to look as good as us!</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/88908254/presentation-of-a-single-fieldhouse Presentation of a Single Fieldhouse design/buildLAB 2013-12-15T13:45:34-05:00 >2013-12-20T20:56:29-05:00 <p> This past Friday, we invited the Clifton Forge Little League Board to Virginia Tech for a presentation of the single design of the fieldhouse and master plan we have been working on as a studio!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/31inzbl7afn97pkp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The presentation covered all of the considerations that have gone into the design of the site and building, ideas that are in development, and a showcase of each part of the fieldhouse (concession area, pavilion, restrooms, and landscape).&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8r/8rp813eewzxvi3bu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> To aid with the presentation of the building, we utilized detail models of "cool doors" and drain ideas, hailing some "ooh ahhs" from the clients.<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/04s4oiubvasv21h2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> We had some material and color samples to help the little league board better visualize the the building. Materials and color will continue to develop in the next phase of the process.<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/ab4zuurb2gca6j8o.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7u/7u471pssj3pypztm.jpg" title=""></p> <p> We were pleased to receive positive feedback from the board! It's hard to tell who is more excited about the project between our studio and the little league, but we would say that's a pretty good sign!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/99sbscjb0ckk2qc3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> After...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/86917307/presentations-to-ronald-rael-and-board-members Presentations to Ronald Rael and Board Members design/buildLAB 2013-11-19T15:31:22-05:00 >2013-11-20T15:43:19-05:00 <p> Last week was a busy one, as we had two different presentations at the end of the week.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/osbrpgwrcqandg7w.jpg" title=""></p> <p> On Thursday, we had the opportunity to present the three schemes that we created by merging the best ideas from our previous eight proposals to visiting architect Ronald Rael. Ronald Rael is a professor at UC Berkley, an author, and founding partner of the award-winning practice,<em> Rael San Fratello</em>. The feedback we received will undoubtedly impact our design process.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qh/qhp1sppxqkuhof56.jpg" title=""></p> <p> On Friday, we presented these same three schemes to members of the Clifton Forge Little League Board.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cy/cy4jog2x0zw7vot1.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Their input helped us identify the strengths of each scheme.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8u/8ux37nlyjyb14cc9.jpg" title=""></p> <p> After receiving input from both Ronald Rael and the Clifton Forge Little League board members, we made a list of the highlights of our three schemes.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pa/pahqw8deg8j0cbn8.jpg" title=""></p> <p> This list will inform our process as we come together to arrive at one final design.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/86917306/presentations-to-ronald-rael-and-board-members Presentations to Ronald Rael and Board Members design/buildLAB 2013-11-19T15:31:14-05:00 >2013-11-25T19:53:35-05:00 <p> Last week was a busy one, as we had two different presentations at the end of the week.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iq/iqnzk7jn0qnz6f3n.jpg" title=""></p> <p> On Thursday, we had the opportunity to present the three schemes that we created by merging the best ideas from our previous eight proposals to visiting architect Ronald Rael. Ronald Rael is a professor at UC Berkley, an author, and founding partner of the award-winning practice,<em> Rael San Fratello</em>. The feedback we received will undoubtedly impact our design process.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7i/7i3imc1a4h0vzqjz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> On Friday, we presented these same three schemes to members of the Clifton Forge Little League Board.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vp/vplc3azdk7s6ozw0.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Their input helped us identify the strengths of each scheme.&nbsp;<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nx/nxxt4ou26ezb0chf.jpg" title=""></p> <p> After receiving input from both Ronald Rael and the Clifton Forge Little League board members, we made a list of the highlights of our three schemes.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pa/pahqw8deg8j0cbn8.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> This list will inform our process as we come together to arrive at one final design.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/85085976/community-design-presentation-2 Community Design Presentation 2 design/buildLAB 2013-10-26T21:10:36-04:00 >2014-02-09T00:48:53-05:00 <p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6h/6h0i2fuo7288ea5u.jpg">This past Friday, we hosted the second community design presentation of the fieldhouse to be built for the Clifton Forge Little League this spring. There we presented eight different schemes for the layout of the master plan of the site, as well as architectural designs of the fieldhouse.</p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/72u18yywh4cqlhvi.jpg"></p><p>Community members and participants of the league of all ages came out for the presentation at the Clifton Forge Fire House and gave their feedback to the eight designs presented.</p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wt/wt4i8bwuy4iu65s9.jpg"></p><p>The various perspectives and feedback from the community members that attended was very valuable and will help us as we progress toward a final design.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y2/y28mxt54glnvxufb.jpg"></p><p>From here, we will recognize similar architectural ideas between the projects and use the feedback and ideas given by the community to collaborate on three more schemes. From these three schemes, the entire studio will work toward a final design that will be presented to the community later this semester!</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/84762251/community-design-presentation Community Design Presentation design/buildLAB 2013-10-22T15:30:49-04:00 >2013-10-28T00:25:18-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/blog/article/84091831/preliminary-design-presentation Preliminary Design Presentation design/buildLAB 2013-10-13T22:48:39-04:00 >2013-10-28T00:25:15-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ai/aihdnibtj6fjl5me.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The design/buildLAB hosted the first design presentation of the fieldhouse this past week for the board members of the Clifton Forge Little League. Each student presented a design of the filedhouse and master plan of the site.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ks/ksoqlzzlg7yfoh1u.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The board members offered feedback as to what design aspects they found interesting and what would make the facilities more functional for the little league. The enthusiasm the board members shared has motivated the design/buildLAB forward into the next stage of the project.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jn/jnmwak0lto08nbx5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> From here, a program will be established for the project and the students will collaborate in pairs to form new designs that further respond to the needs of the little league and the site. A second design presentation will be held in Clifton Forge, VA on Friday, October 25!</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/82445516/the-project The Project design/buildLAB 2013-09-22T14:00:57-04:00 >2013-09-30T21:06:12-04:00 <p> Clifton Forge Little League Field House</p> <p> September 2013</p> <p> The Virginia Tech design/buildLAB and the Clifton Forge Little League are pleased to announce that they will be partnering on the design and construction of a new field house, including concessions and restrooms, during the 2013/2014 academic year.</p> <p> The new field house will be located at the Col. Tom Dotson Park in eastern Alleghany County. The project is funded largely by a $90,000 grant awarded by the Alleghany Foundation this past spring. Local fundraising efforts by the Clifton Forge Little League, and volunteer services from Branch Highways Inc. and from the VA Tech design/buildLAB all come together to make this project possible.</p> <p> Over the next several months, students will be conducting research and organizing community interviews, particularly with little league families and volunteers for the league. Through their research and collaboration with the community, the students will develop a range of designs for the ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/81443086/hello-world Hello World! design/buildLAB 2013-09-09T19:08:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T22:25:03-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2j/2jnhg4hcwvl7a9aa.jpg" title=""></p> <p> We are the 2013-2014 design/buildLAB of Virginia Tech! We come together from across the world united in the same passion for design, architecture, and education. This year we will continue the design/buildLAB's tradition of conceiving and realizing a built architecture project that is both educational and charitable in nature. Word of mouth is already spreading excitement through the community with whom we are collaborating! We can't quite reveal what we're up to yet, so you will have to keep an eye out on the blog for what is up next!</p> <p> About our team:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/el/elxxmdbtt9trww23.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Mitch August</p> <p> Age: 20</p> <p> Hometown: Centreville, VA</p> <p> Interests: I've played baseball since the age of four, I enjoy lifting weights, chillin' with my boys, and long walks on the beach</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ht/htyveegk1pb846pu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Forrest Bibeau</p> <p> Age:20</p> <p> Hometown: Okinawa, Japan</p> <p> Interests: Backpacking, exploring, racquetball, trying new things</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/atzpu1kgskesx4py.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Ellie Burns</p> <p> Age: 20</p> <p> Hometown: Baltimore, MD</p> <p> Interests:&nbsp;Old Bay. Crabs. Berger cookies. Ravens. Orioles. Balt...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/74930302/come-join-us Come Join Us! design/buildLAB 2013-06-09T21:31:07-04:00 >2013-06-18T18:20:27-04:00 <p> Join us on Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 PM to celebrate the completion of our bridge project!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ch/chuk1a6o7cwjlybv.jpg" title=""></p> <p> There will be people to meet, speeches to hear, and a beautiful bridge to admire!</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/74807574/the-magic-of-sod The Magic of Sod design/buildLAB 2013-06-08T00:38:12-04:00 >2013-06-10T22:33:31-04:00 <p> As we near the end of this project, we've all been putting in hours and hours of work to make sure it gets done. Everyone has been commuting to Clifton Forge from Blacksburg every day, some even leaving after their summer school classes to go work on the bridge.</p> <p> We had hoped to finish the bridge today, but the rain yesterday had other plans for us. It set us back a few days and now we expect to finish up early next week.&nbsp;</p> <p> While driving home on Wednesday in low spirits because of the amount of work left to complete, Marie said something that gave us hope: "Just wait until the sod gets here. It's such a moral boost for everyone."</p> <p> Today, the sod arrived. And over the course of 9 hours, the site transformed from a mud pond into a grassy park. It definitely was &nbsp;a moral booster to see the site in all of its green splendor. We left the site in high spirits tonight, and are ready to go back tomorrow and Sunday to finish up the bridge.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m4/m4uzdps4nqhpi6kw.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/93s447xqpps4lvwo.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The gravel paths look so crisp now, it ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/74604326/crane-day Crane Day design/buildLAB 2013-06-05T00:32:03-04:00 >2013-06-10T22:40:33-04:00 <p> Months of designing, planning, and construction came together today as we craned the bridge into place. It took us all day, but each piece of the bridge has been placed and bolted!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/mosyywvbgt1qnyzb.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The old bridge was removed yesterday and carted away to its new home today, making room for the ramp to be installed. It took a bit of work to get it into place, but the ramp successfully made it into its proper location.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1v/1vj27k458kxpaspr.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Pumped up on an adrenaline rush from successfully placing the ramp, we moved on to placing the stair and preparing the town side retaining wall for the bridge. The stair was soon bolted into place, and we focused our efforts onto getting the bridge in place as well.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cv/cvl85l53uhl4yha4.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Seeing the bridge in the air was surreal- All of us have studied the CDs and know the construction of the bridge like the backs of our gloved hands, but watching it fly through the air and then span Smith Creek blew us away. Our design for the Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge is now a reality.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lc/lcqdqgkrjxiir3sr.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nw/nw7l9d54zczqpqtj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> For the ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/74335131/installation Installation design/buildLAB 2013-06-01T00:21:35-04:00 >2013-06-10T22:33:04-04:00 <p> The hub made it safely to Clifton Forge this afternoon, and was moved to its final resting place on the site. Everything lined up almost perfectly, and with a few taps from the sledgehammer, the entire piece fell into place.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pn/pn002ede8yn0mps4.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tn/tn6l04nnsw2xrq9d.jpg" title=""></p> <p> After it was bolted into place, we checked to see how level it was. The entire hub in both directions was perfectly level- a testament to our design and craftsmanship of the hub and to our design of the concrete formwork and foundation.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1m/1myfhb3dlyvmx68p.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fn/fnsaazkl50deiuu8.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/74291537/testing-and-loading Testing and Loading design/buildLAB 2013-05-31T08:51:48-04:00 >2013-06-08T22:02:30-04:00 <p> We've met with one of the professors in the college of Architecture, Mehdi Setareh, many times over the course of this project to help design our bridge. Yesterday, he came out to ESL to test the deflection of the bridge piece.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bz/bzi2n4q0hmpukny2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> He had Stephen run across the bridge for one test, then had everyone in the studio weigh themselves and stand on the bridge in a line. Uniformly loading the bridge this way helped Mehdi better calculate the deflection.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ir/irin63v3v0hnch5f.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yo/yoirpun6dmik931n.jpg" title=""></p> <p> We also found a way to get ahead of schedule yesterday by loading up all of our prefabricated pieces for shipping!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0rv0zonv7w1o762.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Our original shipping date was June 3rd, but all of the pieces of the bridge were finished to the point of being able to ship yesterday. So, we decided to load everything up early and start taking pieces over today! The hub will be put in place this morning in Clifton Forge, and our bridge piece will ship over on Monday.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4ci1901na2a4j51w.jpg" title=""></p> <p> We had to move it out of the high bay with two fork lifts moving in synch with each ot...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/74194575/hard-work-pays-off Hard Work Pays Off design/buildLAB 2013-05-29T21:28:51-04:00 >2013-05-30T23:26:44-04:00 <p> Everyone has been working diligently to get the bridge pieces ready to ship to Clifton Forge on June 3rd. So far this week, we've accomplished a great deal of work! There's still a lot left to do, but with the deadline in sight, we're all doing everything we can to make sure we meet it.</p> <p> The bridge and ramp pieces have both been decked and the handrails and guardrails are almost finished.</p> <p> The treads, handrails, and guardrails have all been installed on the stair piece.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6t/6t270yi2za9d75qu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bz/bz3x8flgjw3z3bqx.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The hub has seen the most work this week! The frame has been welded, the posts have all been attached, and the entire piece has been craned into the air. &nbsp;Next, the columns were moved into place and welded to the steel frame. Today, the hub was primed and will be ready for paint in the morning!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d6si7hoq2rx2jt0y.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5t/5tvdyi0ob7fc54fi.jpg" title=""></p> <p> And finally, the site in Clifton Forge is nearly ready for all of the pieces to be delivered on Monday! It has been graded and the foundations are all in place.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cu/cu6rizr8kfh61ock.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/73862133/pouring-concrete Pouring Concrete design/buildLAB 2013-05-24T23:14:59-04:00 >2013-05-28T15:18:49-04:00 <p> We've gotten a lot done this week- the Blacksburg Crew has been hard at work welding, decking, and painting, while the Clifton Forge Commuters have finished setting up the concrete formwork.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ck/ckovlsjeq31q88s2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> This week, we were able to pour the concrete foundations for the bridge!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/au/aurmcnz0htwo5z4g.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/02/02i8mc6effcm7e2c.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/to/toh6qdglyrnce9t9.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j7/j7swsii9nnvzw2mq.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/aprdx40nxz9aml17.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/73520093/formwork Formwork design/buildLAB 2013-05-19T21:39:43-04:00 >2013-06-08T22:02:37-04:00 <p> Members of the studio went to Clifton Forge to survey the site and install concrete formwork for the foundations of the bridge.</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nw/nw9mlraj00ne0azk.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nw/nw9mlraj00ne0azk.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3z/3zf2k2aqbkruiwsy.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3z/3zf2k2aqbkruiwsy.jpg"></a></p> <p> While Marie used the backhoe to dig holes for the formwork, the students used surveying equipment to measure the proper depth for each piece.</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4fgcz74r4zto1dgx.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4fgcz74r4zto1dgx.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6n/6npzvo1wjgtsvhtf.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6n/6npzvo1wjgtsvhtf.jpg"></a></p> <p> While some students dug, others cleaned up the site by cutting brush and removing tree. It looks so much more open now!&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hz/hzzblwpif3676ovy.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hz/hzzblwpif3676ovy.jpg"></a></p> <p> Meanwhile, the students back in Blacksburg finished welding the bridge and the ramp. Once the rain dies down, we will be able to paint the steel!</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ah/ahsfeg97nte5kyna.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ah/ahsfeg97nte5kyna.jpg"></a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/73170114/the-design The Design design/buildLAB 2013-05-14T17:06:43-04:00 >2013-05-21T21:43:21-04:00 <p> You've seen the pieces of our bridge over the past few weeks- all the steel, wood, and welding that is going into making this design a reality. Very soon, all of the pieces will be ready for assembly and the design will become a reality. The Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge is more than just a bridge, though. Through our design, we are helping Clifton Forge bridge the gap between the historic downtown and Church Street.&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6k/6k2g7cf9sc2e3vgl.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6k/6k2g7cf9sc2e3vgl.jpg"></a></p> <p> When coming up with a design for the bridge, we kept the Masonic Amphitheatre in mind. The design has similar elements to the Amphitheatre, as well as a similar material palette. We wanted to make sure the bridge felt like a part of the site, like it fit in with the Amphitheatre and the town.&nbsp;</p> <p> We are using reclaimed white oak from the old tire warehouse that used to occupy the site in the bridge, as well as new steel beams and a custom railing design. Integrated within the railing system are LED light fixtures to guide visitors along the bridge at night.&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n6/n6xzveigizyu5cxp.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n6/n6xzveigizyu5cxp.jpg"></a></p> <p> ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/73120142/trust-in-the-truss Trust in the Truss design/buildLAB 2013-05-13T23:19:11-04:00 >2013-06-08T22:02:41-04:00 <p> After many days of squaring, leveling, and welding, the trusses are complete on both the bridge and the ramp!</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/msmkz27opklb0uw2.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/msmkz27opklb0uw2.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o8/o8xzpf2kz6ap89m3.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o8/o8xzpf2kz6ap89m3.jpg"></a></p> <p> We've now moved on to welding the guardrail posts to the I-beams, and fabricating the wood guardrails.</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/06ffdzl6dh1xs7ll.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/06ffdzl6dh1xs7ll.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oi/oiz2gjy0o9oeq2ik.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oi/oiz2gjy0o9oeq2ik.jpg"></a></p> <p> We've been using our new dado blade for the table saw to route out notches for the steel supports, LED lights, and a drip edge in each piece of wood being used in the guardrail. It creates a LOT of sawdust, but also creates a beautiful end product. This 100-year old reclaimed white oak is gorgeous, once you plane it and trim it a bit!</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cmv10yn55lqmuvvy.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cmv10yn55lqmuvvy.jpg"></a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/72714153/public-presentation-of-our-pedestrian-bridge-design Public Presentation of our Pedestrian Bridge Design design/buildLAB 2013-05-07T22:40:55-04:00 >2013-06-08T22:02:44-04:00 <p> On Friday, half of the studio went to Clifton Forge to present our bridge design to the community. The audience participated with questions and comments, and a number of people volunteered to help with the landscaping portion of the project.&nbsp;The presentation was very well received!</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4o/4o2ci1zi93pro6m3.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4o/4o2ci1zi93pro6m3.jpg"></a></p> <p> Facing a crowd required preparation...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ks/ks1bl6if5r8da46k.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u8/u8xl4l3b0t90yelm.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Back&nbsp;in Blacksburg, everyone was hard at work drilling holes in the steel beams with a mag drill and planing wood for the handrails and guardrails.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zf/zf917702xtc5zsqo.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gk/gkc845fypu7qd2sn.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gk/gkc845fypu7qd2sn.jpg"></a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/72512411/a-week-of-steel A Week of Steel design/buildLAB 2013-05-04T21:57:12-04:00 >2013-06-08T22:02:47-04:00 <p> Our bridge finally became a tangible reality this week with the delivery of our steel. On Monday, all of our barstock, columns, C-channels, and angles arrived at studio. We set to work cutting everything to size.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zx/zxsc9lo98q2q153n.jpg"></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i9/i9m5mgk4zarfm56v.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i9/i9m5mgk4zarfm56v.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3h/3hemjx3isup9uab4.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3h/3hemjx3isup9uab4.jpg"></a></p> <p> <img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ry/ryisvc3dd4eb03nc.jpg"></p> <p> On Wednesday, our steel I-beams arrived at ESL. We were all so excited to finally see the main pieces of steel arrive! Everything seems so real now that we have all of the structural members.</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r3/r3j8h6yha51l8971.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r3/r3j8h6yha51l8971.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/69bbu8p1b4hztsrz.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/69bbu8p1b4hztsrz.jpg"></a></p> <p> We cut our 3/4" steel plates on the plasma cutter, and have been prepping the handrail posts for our post-tensioned cable system. Soon, all of the pieces of our bridge will be ready for assembly!</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v7/v7lrfxju7pw3z2vm.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v7/v7lrfxju7pw3z2vm.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hw/hw8ekq0yy113solr.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hw/hw8ekq0yy113solr.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/15/15jkwjj04kp9ewwo.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/15/15jkwjj04kp9ewwo.jpg"></a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/72354202/join-us-for-the-unveiling-for-the-smith-creek-pedestrian-bridge Join us for the Unveiling for the Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge!! design/buildLAB 2013-05-02T13:10:00-04:00 >2013-06-08T22:02:49-04:00 <p> Join us on Friday, May 3 for the public unveiling of our design for the Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge! We will be at the Masonic Amphitheater at 5:00 PM in Clifton Forge, VA, to present our work and answer questions.</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fj/fjz8y51l2q3lfwlq.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fj/fjz8y51l2q3lfwlq.jpg"></a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/72183247/concrete-coring-and-testing Concrete Coring and Testing design/buildLAB 2013-04-29T12:54:31-04:00 >2013-06-08T22:02:51-04:00 <p> In order to use the existing concrete retaining wall as a structural foundation for our bridge, we needed to make sure that it was strong enough to withstand the forces exerted by the bridge.&nbsp;Four of us went to Clifton Forge on Friday to take samples of the concrete retaining wall at the site. Mark Folks from United Rentals joined us and taught us how to use the concrete coring drill.</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mk/mkjybzpsgkodytke.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mk/mkjybzpsgkodytke.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eq/eqalifqnn24f3ll2.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eq/eqalifqnn24f3ll2.jpg"></a></p> <p> We took three samples of concrete from the wall and brought them back to Blacksburg. On Saturday, we tested the samples to figure out the bearing capacity of the wall. We used the Quickie Saw to square up our samples, and then headed to RDF to use their testing facilities.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ow/ow1jz3hnovozzyk3.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ow/ow1jz3hnovozzyk3.jpg"></a></p> <p> We used a concrete testing compressor to calculate the amount of force each sample could withstand before failing.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbvckltbd5uka4ze.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbvckltbd5uka4ze.jpg"></a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We knew that the wall had to withstand 3,000 psi for us to use it as a foundation for our bridge. We tested each sample in accordance with ASTM C39, and after calculating the bearing capac...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/71578428/intro-to-welding Intro to Welding design/buildLAB 2013-04-19T23:20:14-04:00 >2013-04-26T00:05:15-04:00 <p> In preparation for the construction of our bridge, six of us went out to ESL on Thursday for an introduction to welding. Only Anna has welding experience, but we couldn't expect her to weld the entire bridge by herself, so all of us will be learning the basics of mig welding.</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6dl9700o72g5cf6y.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6dl9700o72g5cf6y.jpg"></a></p> <p> Steve Bickley was our teacher on Thursday. He went over how to properly clean and assemble the torch, how to turn on and off the welding machine, and the basics to welding. We all practiced on pieces of scrap steel in the shop, first welding on a flat surface, and then welding two pieces together. After some practice, everyone got the hang of it, and we saw some pretty decent welds!</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/us/us47anyszrp8o106.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/us/us47anyszrp8o106.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fk/fkqtj2l58d5dl126.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fk/fkqtj2l58d5dl126.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lz1bpnhcd001e34n.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lz1bpnhcd001e34n.jpg"></a><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pz/pz51hezyp80m2dor.jpg"><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iz/izcg2555xstituqj.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iz/izcg2555xstituqj.jpg"></a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/71000718/red-lining Red Lining design/buildLAB 2013-04-10T15:19:08-04:00 >2013-04-19T08:33:06-04:00 <p> This morning, Keith and Marie met us in studio at 10:30 to begin red lining our drawings. We talked about everything that needs to get done by Friday in order to make this bridge a reality. So, we're working very hard right now to fix all of the errors in our drawings and make everything perfect for construction soon.</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7v/7vuszjukd31gyjxu.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7v/7vuszjukd31gyjxu.jpg"></a></p> <p> We've taken over the side room in Burchard Hall and turned it into our construction drawing work shop.</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x0/x0h1lsb883bqgfdc.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x0/x0h1lsb883bqgfdc.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9a/9a1k3i7l3rrfa6js.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9a/9a1k3i7l3rrfa6js.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sl/sluf61kstx783gjn.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sl/sluf61kstx783gjn.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ce/ceq6hjt04ls5mlzf.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ce/ceq6hjt04ls5mlzf.jpg"></a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/70935369/getting-the-ball-rolling Getting the Ball Rolling design/buildLAB 2013-04-09T16:14:36-04:00 >2013-04-19T08:33:03-04:00 <p> Today, we met with two representatives from United Rentals to begin talking about the kind of tools we'll need on the job site.</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w1/w1g87dp198mgvste.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w1/w1g87dp198mgvste.jpg"></a></p> <p> The plan is to build our bridge in three sections in Blacksburg, transport them to Clifton Forge, and then crane them into place. In order to make this happen, we'll need a massive crane, a saw that will cut through the concrete retaining wall, and oodles of other equipment. &nbsp;So, we will be working with United Rentals here to order the equipment that will help make our bridge come to life.</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gs/gspy7w5sc3cjet4d.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gs/gspy7w5sc3cjet4d.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ox/oxbpgs8a1n87t8ta.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ox/oxbpgs8a1n87t8ta.jpg"></a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/70295596/presentation Presentation design/buildLAB 2013-03-29T15:31:46-04:00 >2013-06-08T22:03:00-04:00 <p> Last week, Keith and Marie left us unattended while they attended a conference in San Francisco. We were given instructions to work on our bridge. We all worked very hard (and struggled at times!) but finally designed our bridge for the Amphitheatre site. When Keith and Marie returned, we showed them our progress. They were very impressed with how much we had accomplished in their absence, which made us all feel very proud.</p> <p> Yesterday, members from the Clifton Forge Community came to Blacksburg for the presentation of our bridge design.&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb0u784qqcea2cln.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb0u784qqcea2cln.jpg"></a></p> <p> We spent two days making a model, a technical site plan, and a few watercolor renderings for the presentation. Everything turned out very well, everyone spoke very well, and the project was well received!</p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/he/hevitrsscvfgfyn4.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/he/hevitrsscvfgfyn4.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sz/szdnr2mysz5wmx07.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sz/szdnr2mysz5wmx07.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ku/ku0k7ubjtgmfoenl.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ku/ku0k7ubjtgmfoenl.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hs/hszd679hpdji75sy.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hs/hszd679hpdji75sy.jpg"></a></p> <p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qv3b9ryd9kwcthte.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qv3b9ryd9kwcthte.jpg"></a></p> <p> Now, we begin the long process of making construction documents.</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/69764934/and-then-there-was-one And then there was one. design/buildLAB 2013-03-20T11:04:40-04:00 >2013-06-08T22:03:02-04:00 <p> Over the past month, we have been coming up with bridge designs for phase 2 of the Masonic Amphitheater project.</p> <p> Everyone started out by making their own bridge. As designs progressed, people teamed up to collaborate. Seventeen groups became eleven, eleven became six, six became three. And on Monday, three became one.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q0/q0op42dsynmdcnlz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Before spring break, we met with the "so called jury" (Keith and Marie's Thesis students), who helped us decide on some criteria that our bridge designs should have. The Friday before spring break, the three groups presented their bridge ideas and strengths were pulled from each- the railing from one, the path from another, and the "hub" from a third. This past monday, we spent the day brainstorming and combining ideas, ultimately coming up with one idea for our bridge.</p> <p> Now it's time to begin drawing!</p>