Grand Opening!

On November 14th, we celebrated the official grand opening of 13 Bones! 

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13 Bones – the RAD Bridge is in place.

Thanks to everyone who attended the 13 Bones official Ribbon Cutting today. Here are some photos courtesy of AVL DesignBuild alum, Marisa Lappin. The biggest thanks goes out to instructor Luke W. Perry, for taking this project through construction administration, inspection, and the final Ribbon Cutting! This bridge is the first link in many to come for the future Wilma Dykeman Greenway. Great work, team!

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Footings + Abutment Walls Completed

Foundation work has been completed and the footings and abutments walls are installed!  Due to poor soil conditions and to make sure we stayed out of the stream zone, we pulled the foundation back away from the steam on both sides.  Additionally, the footings are sitting on large gravel bed, that will limit any settling in the future when the water table rises or the river floods. 

We are completing some last minute prepping details and finish grading, but the bridge should be hoisted into place by the end of this week, the moment we have all been waiting for.  Many thanks to our foundation contractor, C&T Paving and a big shout out to AMEC for doing the third-party testing and verification of our concrete. 

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Bridge as a Teaching Tool

AB Tech’s BluePrint Reading class, taught by Luke Perry, visited the bridge for a hands-on teaching experience.  Students from two different classes spent a few hours observing the prepping of the footings and gaining a unique insight in the production and communication of architectural drawings.  AB Tech students were given the plan set that the Summer DesignBuild Studio students completed this summer.  They were then able to correlate the drawings to the actual built product, and were tasked in finding differences between the original design and how it was built (aside from the fact that it is not in the correct location!).  As with any true design build project, many changes take place in the field, after the drawings are produced.  This, however, did provide for a great teaching moment.  The students are looking forward to spending time on the bridge, located just a few blocks down the road from their school, AB Tech.  Over the summer, AB Tech had an integral role in the studio, providing technical support, tools, and shop space and we appreciate their partnership in this, and future projects.

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