Mock Up Day

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“Why do we make mockups?” This is a question that I ask myself every time I’m involved with a large or full-scale mockup. After the mockup is finished, however, I remember what great a tool a full-scale model can be. Even if the full-scale model is just a small piece of the design, it gives our team a chance to sit and discuss the detailing of the piece and make some choices on materials or connections that would normally be brushed aside and done standard. It also gives us the chance to practice the phasing of the project and figure out the quickest, safest and easiest way to assemble the project.

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Chances are that we will not officially have a permit to build this project until late July and will have to fabricate most of the structure offsite at AB Tech. Even if the structural engineer, Edward Medlock of Medlock & Associates Engineering, P.A. (http://www.medlockengr.com/), who has graciously volunteered his time and services, were to sign off on the drawings today, they couldn’t go in for permit approval until Monday because the permit office isn’t open on Friday. Once the permits are in there is a 14-21 day turn-around time for approval. This is going to be a huge consideration when it comes to the deployment of this project. When the team in only here for 5 weeks of construction and we aren’t allowed to build onsite for the first 3 weeks of the construction phase, we need to have everything ready to go the second we get approval.

Lastly, here are a few drawings of the design as of today, Friday, June 27.

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