We are at the halfway point of the 2015 AVL DesignBuild project!  Week 4 consisted of meeting at the AB Tech Woodshop for the first half of the week and the CCCD studio the second half.

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Monday was the last day we had the privilege of having Steve Badanes mentor us in our design process.  Our Makerspace Task Force met with Mike from CCCD to discuss the results from the design charrette that the team put together back in Week 2.

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The studio worked on finalizing the design of the ULEAF stage and nesting boxes and determining how much/which materials to order for the construction of the stage.  After coming to a consensus on the design of the stage platform, Michelle Felicetti (of Medlock and Associates Engineering) created various configurations of the stage to help us determine what materials would be the lightest.  With this information, we were able to order materials by the end of the week and we will be able to begin construction very soon!  Mock ups of the nesting boxes were constructed and a team of our Clemson students will use Clemson’s CNC machine to construct the nesting boxes for the real thing.


The DesignBuild team consulting with Scott from SunBrella

Designing the canopy of the ULEAF is still in the process of being finalized.  With the feedback from our presentation to LEAF, we have changed the orientation of the stage to be viewed from the sides of the trailer instead of opposite the trailer hitch, so the stage can be better utilized in small spaces.  We also met with Scott from SunBrella and learned more about canopy fabric options for the stage.  Previously, the ULEAF canopy consisted of one C structure attached on the back of the stage.  Now, the ULEAF canopy is an arch that spans the length of the stage.  The team has come up with various configurations and is trying to determine what will make the canopy a welcoming and unifying factor for the ULEAF.

Thursday, after a morning of hard work, the team took a half day break at the lake near Hard Times Trailhead.  We enjoyed time out of the studio, hanging out on the beach and leisure hikes.


Guest critics: Lule and Tim Callahan from Alembic Studios and Kate Ancaya from Living Roofs visit the CCCD

Friday, the studio divided into teams to put together an informal presentation for Lule and Tim Callahan from Alembic Studios and Kate Ancaya from Living Roofs.  One team prepared a scale model of a potential canopy design and another team created drawings and constructed a mockup of the various working systems of the stage.  Our guests provided feedback and suggestions for the construction details and aesthetics for the ULEAF stage to make it both safe and welcoming to audience members and ULEAF users.

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