Fabrication Pavilion

In Summer-y: Innovative Storage, Stunning Screens, and Exciting Construction

Since Pig Roast, we’ve been working hard to finalize the design of our storage cube and screen, order and acquire materials, and start the construction process.

More than just a place to store

To achieve our goal of a continuous pinup surface while maintaining the functionality of the storage cube, our team has been deep diving into door design. As a result, we decided the doors will be the full height of the cube walls, and will be mounted using center pivot hinges to allow them to remain flush with the wall when closed. These hinges will be mounted into the concrete of the slab at the base, and then their tops will be held by a sturdy steel plate that wraps around the top of the wall and down the southern side.

Holy Moly, A Screen!

Additionally, we’ve also been working on the details of our screen. After hanging strings at several test heights, we discovered the final height of the screen should be 14 feet. Then, we decided it will be mounted to the exterior face of the columns using a Unistrut channel.

We considered many different perforation patterns and colors for the metal of the screen. In the end, we decided on a 7.2″ ribbed profile in midnight black perforated with 1/8” diameter holes spaced 3/8” apart on center. This pattern will give us a good balance of transparency, glare protection, and rain protection.

Construction Zone

Two weeks ago, our team officially began construction. We began by gathering our building materials and setting up our construction zone on the Fabrication Pavilion slab. Then, we removed the white oak from the eastern shear wall, carefully cataloging each piece so they can be put back on the wall in the right order after construction ends. We marked out the placement of our walls on the ground, confirming that our corners were square, and then began constructing the walls.

As of now, the northern and southern walls are in place and braced against the shear wall, and the two end columns of the east and west sides have been attached. Next, we will be making a large header beam from 2″ x 12″ lumber to span the entire length of the east and west sides and make room for doors in the future.

Hope to see you next month for our end-of-summer construction update!

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!