The Ribbon has been cut and the Beehive is officially open for visitors! As the design-build team celebrated and said their goodbyes to the project, The YWCA’s staff and students will now begin to experience, enjoy, and utilize the Pavilion and stair coverings.
The team did great the morning of the ribbon cutting by finishing up some of the last minute details such as completing the pavilion columns by applying the 2×8’s and assembling the locust table. It was planned that the kids would come out and help assemble the put-in-cup honeycombs, but do to the rainy weather, that did not happen. Though the weather was rainy, we could not have asked for a better forecast to help us showcase the project. It was what it was built for! As visitors began to trickle in, the structure performed just as it was meant to, and naturally funneled everybody to the gathering space in pavilion. We could not have asked for more from the flexi-pave, as it drank up all the water faster than the roof could shed it. The official ceremony went over great, with many of our family and friends present to see our summer’s hard work!
The YWCA then held a small reception for everyone with a gift bag, cake, and final thank you for all of the hard work! The Design-Build team then took a lunch break and met back up at YWCA later to finish cleaning up and installing the put-in-cup honeycombs. I know I speak for the whole team when I say that the ten weeks we spent in Asheville this summer was truly an awesome experience. We all learned and experienced so much and were able to do so with great team members. It was such a satisfying experience to deliver a project to an organization that does so much for the surrounding community, and I’m sure we will all look forward to visiting the beehive at the YWCA of Asheville years down the road!
Finally, please check out some of the in progress and finished images from photographer Meg Riley. Thanks again, to the YWCA and the Asheville Design Center for this incredible opportunity.