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Model Citizens: Small Scale, Big Ideas

We’re back! It’s our first blog post of the new year. We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break—the Fabrication Pavilion team surely did. We spent our break scattered across Alabama and Texas, but we made time to be together as well to see Christmas lights, visit aquariums, and go to festivals.

Now it is time to ring in the new year with models, repairs, and lots of new screen ideas!

Small-Scale Model Making

We started off the semester by building a ½” scale model of the Fabrication Pavilion. This allowed us to closely examine how the structural elements were constructed. The finished model of the back half of the pavilion is five and a half feet long. That’s as tall as some of our team members making us “model citizens”! This large model has helped us test out how the new extension will interlock with the original structure and will allow us to test out other design elements, like rain screens, in the future.

Neck down, Heads Up!

During “Neckdown” Week, we worked on maintenance projects at Perry Lakes Park, Newbern Town Hall, the Model Homes, and Morrisette Campus. At the end of the week, the four of us came back together to continue work on column repairs. It is officially time to move the scaffolding to the other end of the pavilion for phase two of repairs!

Screening our Big Ideas

After Soup Roast Review, our team decided to make weather screening a larger focus of the Fabrication Pavilion extension project. To provide Rural Studio with more opportunities for prefabrication in the future, it is important that a portion of the pavilion has adequate rain protection. We are currently experimenting with different schemes with the help of our guests from Gluck+ and Andrew Berman to balance protection, natural light, and ventilation. We also need to consider how these screens interact with the existing structure and the new roof plane that will be installed at the end of the repair process.

Check back in soon to see our progress on repairs, screens, and new structural designs.

Here’s to a great 2024 to come!