Ribbon Cutting: Friday 8/8/14 at the YWCA of Asheville

Supporters of the AVL DesignBuild Studio, Asheville Design Center,YWCA of Asheville, friends, family, and community members:

Join us on Friday for the official unveiling of the AVL DesignBuild Studio’s 2014 project: the covered stair & outdoor classroom for the YWCA of Asheville.




Racing the Clock

The team finishes the major framing components of the covered stair and pavilion to meet our critical path milestones. With the weather on our side, we were unsure if we would complete the framing in time to install metal roofing on Monday.

Thanks to forewoman Serena & foreman Clarke, the team was motivated to work 11 hour days on site all week. With a little bit of sushi, birthday cake, and chocolate chip pumpkin muffins, we were able to bring the design to life:





Metal Shop Madness

Here are a few photos from the metal shop at Soda Fab! Shawn Oldham is helping us weld up some honeycomb themed benches (6!) and tables (one big long one) to place under the pavilion and at the top and bottom of the covered stair at YWCA. Wish us luck, we want them finished by Monday morning. Clarke, Monica, and Miriam worked hard to cut, grind, and weld the supports and carry out the truly collaborative design process. Go W!20140730-235712-86232552.jpg





We’re vertical!

The team got loads done this week at the YWCA! we started Monday by finishing the digging for the columns’ footings. We had to combat the rain, but the weather cooperated and we were able to pass our footing inspection. At AB tech, we had to disassemble our rafter sandwiches we had prefabricated in order to get a coat of stain on them. We also cut the proper angles on our shared columns that would support the rafters and girders. In the metal department, we were able to drill the pilot holes for the bolts that would eventually secure the columns to the stair’s retaining wall


Tuesday, the team was able position the columns in our newly dug footings and leveled them with braces. We also continued painting and staining on the stair columns and rafters. By the afternoon, everything was ready for concrete, and we poured and used wheelbarrows to set our columns’ footings. 


Wednesday, we continued work on-site with painting and staining, as well as putting up the girders in the pavilion. The team also kept on plugging away at the columns, and got the holes for the threaded rod drilled, and epoxied the rods in place.


Thursday, the team caught up on a bit of the design work relating to the bench and table. Our locust lumber was picked up from our craigslist contact, and taken to The Old Wood Co. to be planed and dimensioned. We also finalized our roof layout and overhang, and placed the order.


Friday was all hands on deck as we finished up more staining, rafter placement, and column placement along the stairs. We really accomplished a lot, but will need to strive ahead in order to stay on schedule for the August 8th ribbon cutting.

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.