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July 7, 2009

Today was crutial for the teams finding their footing in the project. Everyone has been able to grasp their team’s goals.

The structure team has completely organized the atrium construction pad and is ready to bring down the roof in the morning. The site team is going to start making the concrete foundation pads soon. The interiors team has been working with Edgar designing casework. HVAC and PV/Electrical teams have been reading and studying every detail. Faete (PhD Electrical Eng) is really excited about this process! The rack/roof top team started detailing and are ready to cut lengths tomorrow. The facade team has figures the metal shop out and is prepared to make big cuts.

The process is intricate and these teams are so intrigued.

Brent did some investigations…
“Even after the class I decided to look more into SIP’s and found out some great information
– They are 66% more energy efficient that standard construction frames
– 2 and a 1/2 times stronger than standard building materials
– Cuts the framing time by 4/3rds”

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  1. Jon Kahner permalink
    July 10, 2009 9:10 pm

    I came to class today with shop drawings of the empty space drawn on grid paper. Due to the small size of the space the initial design is very simple and maximizes air cirulation throughout the space with the least amount of disturbance to the insulated walls. I learned today that the space would have a suspended cloth ceiling which enables me to run all my ductwork inside the space between the suspended ceiling and the hard ceiling. I am fully aware that these plans will change as other teams designs change the space. Due to the adaptability of the HVAC system, initial placement of the ducts and components in the design are of minimal concern, and will likely be positioned later, subject to the requirements of other phases of the design. Coordination with other teams ongoing design changes will be crucial in the process, especially considering the short term nature. I began putting the designs into autocad format, to rapidly facilitate design changes in the future.

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