October 2019

2019 Semester in Sustainable Design/Build - Encore de Montreal

By Madi Visser, Semester Program Teaching Assistant
Written by Sawyer Cunningham - Our trip to Montreal began with students sitting in the van waiting for instructors for out “wheels up at 8:30” departure time.   The drive felt shorter than expected. Border control went smoother than expected. Montreal was different than expected. Despite my numerous visits to the city in...

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2019 Semester in Sustainable Design/Build - Montreal

By Madi Visser, Semester Program Teaching Assistant
Written by Lily Hammerling - This past week we spent putting up the rest of the walls. We had to construct the walls in two sections in case we had to dismantle the building if our permit didn’t go through, so the first walls all used 8 foot studs, bringing them to about 100.5 inches total including the bottom plate and two top sill...

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2019 Semester in Sustainable Design/Build

By Madi Visser, Semester Program Teaching Assistant
How’s it hangin’? It’s Arch! In a week’s time, the dorm went from a simple floor to a physical building “sketch” with five walls, a site stair, and entry. What’s more, most days turned out to be warmer than expected! On Tuesday, we had a surprise birthday party for our rightfully–vain chef, Michelle. She was so surprised, she peed all...

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2019 Semester in Sustainable Design/Build - Hooligans Hammering

By Madi Visser, Semester Program Teaching Assistant
Howdy! Chris here again. Boy oh boy so much has happened since I’ve last been assigned to summarize our adventures. In this week’s episode of “Hooligans Hammering Things and Debating Dimensions” we see the cast facing a variety of challenges both unexpected and not...   But first, some context may be appropriate....

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2019 Semester in Sustainable Design/Build - Framing

By Madi Visser, Semester Program Teaching Assistant
Written by Hadley Gibson - We’ve officially wrapped up our first full week of building! In addition to laying out the floor along the helical piers that serve as our foundation, we’ve begun to frame out each of our 12 walls. This is a constantly evolving process that has proven to be both exciting and frustrating. We decided to add a...

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