Mock Up Day


“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. (, 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.


One More Community Work Day

This weekend is the very last before our scheduled completion date of August 2nd! That means we need some help for this final push! The crew will be on site at 10am tomorrow (Saturday) and would love some help painting the deck boards with a clear, non-slip finish! Many hands make light work, so the length of the workday depends on how many people turn out, but we expect it will last 3 or 4 hours. Come out and enjoy some great company, rain or shine!

Where? Under the Haywood Bridge near Jean Webb Park
When? 10am til 1-2pm
Bring? Clothes and shoes for painting, brushes, rollers, or trays, water, and YOU!
Contact? Instructor Luke W Perry via email with questions

Under Construction: and On Site!

This week we have been hard at work prepping the site, prefabricating, and painting! Because we are still waiting on D.O.T. for approval to break ground under Haywood Bridge, we cannot pour the footings and assemble the bridge over the creek. We have decided to start construction on land instead! We’ve sectioned off a part of the parking lot underneath Haywood to begin assembling our bridge. Once we’ve been granted permission to break ground and the bridge is fully fabricated, we will get a crane to place the bridge on to the footings to span the creek. Until then, we apologize for the inconvenience caused by our construction site. We’ll keep to the left side of the parking lot under Haywood Bridge so that we won’t be in the way of getting to the boat put in.


The primed I-beams when first dropped on site a week ago.


The I-beams, now eggplant purple – the people have spoken!

Sign up for a Community Work Day this Saturday by clicking here, and we will contact you… many hands make lighter work. Thanks to Bryan, Oscar, Jay, and Jeff for coming out last Saturday to help us install the silt fence and paint the I-beams.