As the semester kicked off to a rainy start, the team took advantage of the sunny days during the neckdown week to get things done on-site! With the help of Charlie, Livia, Hannah, and Jackie, the new waterline trench was dug, and the CMU block walls were scraped clean and prepped for painting.
While digging the trench, the team and crew found an assortment of whole bricks, dead metal pipes, old terracotta pipes, glass bottles, and remnants of an old foundation. The found bricks were stacked and will be used either on the masonry building to cover the metal beam or as part of the brick “rug” in the finished ground surface at the south end.
Before the team left for the holidays, the walkway structure was all put up! Thanks to Rowe and Jeff’s help the team finished setting up all eight wall plates, and a few days later Devin and Charlie brought some extra muscle and to site. This facilitated lifting and bolting the “arms” and struts into place. The arms, being the assembly of the three horizontal plates welded together, on which the grate will sit. And the strut is the tube that connects the “arms” to the two plate tabs at the bottom of the plate bolted to the wall.
A 3x4x1/4 inch angle supports the south end of the grate, which is equivalent to only using half of the bracket.
This week the team put up the first plate on the wall! First, they removed the clips from the conduit and strapped them in place to the scaffolding legs. This allowed the team to slide the plates behind the conduit and into place, and temporarily fix them to the wall with washers and tapcons anchors. In order to use the plate as a drilling template. The tapcons were removed once the first set of rods were cured and ready to receive washers and nuts. After all were done, the rods were cut to the desired length and tightened further with a torque wrench.
This week the walkway grate was delivered! Once all the walkway structure is up, there will be dropped in place.
As the team prepared to start installing the walkway structure, a pull-out load test done in order to understand the strength of the brick, and its relationship to the HILTI anchors. The team installed two anchors with washers and nuts at different locations on the wall and tested both to failure load….and they passed!!
Shortly before the team left for Birmingham, the electrical was roughed in. This week, thanks to Mason’s help, it finally became live!
The Halloween Reviews week is here! This week for the big review, the 3rd-years presented their 20K design and research for 20K Ophelia’s Home. Much of the busy week was spent in preparation for the Thursday review and their group costume, the “Last Supper.”
The 3rd-years finished their final quilting blocks in the elective class just in time to be hung and presented alongside their initial renderings. Aaron Head (local artist) returned to lead a sticking workshop on Wednesday as the students begin the process of actually “quilting” the quilt top, batting, and bottom together. Those couple hours of stitching were so peaceful, a pleasant break from studio work.
As Halloween grew closer, the students rapidly worked to finalize plan details, construction documents, and presentation flow.
On that hallowed day, guest reviewers Marlon Blackwell, Mike Newman, and Katrina Van Valkenburgh, alongside Rural Studio faculty, probed the students about the decisions they made behind their work, gave insightful critiques, and encouraged the 3rd-years in their research to improve the design of 20K Ophelia’s Home. Overall the review was a success!
And the students did enjoy itself all the while! The reviews of the 5th-year and master’s students were extremely interesting and engaging (not typically a word used to describe review days) and it was great to see what the rest of Red Barn was up to. Tuesday was the annual community Pumpkin Carve with the Halloween celebrations and costume contest on Thursday. The disciples definitely enjoyed themselves.