On Tuesday, the roof decking was finished on the Blue Mountain Cabin. Students were able to all eat lunch together in the shade under their own roof for the first time! Members from the Mexican Water Chapter House visited in the middle of day to walk through the cabins and view our progress. Students, staff and those from the chapter are all excited as steady progress continues to be made each day. The added roof decking allows us to finally visualize the space we’ve designed and created in all three dimensions!
Blue Mountain Cabin with Roof Decking
Mid Day on Site
The Monument Valley Cabin received its remaining TJI’s from the roofing team as well. A smaller team of students framed the northeast corner of Monument Valley’s patio planned for firewood storage for that patio’s fire pit. Roof decking is scheduled to be completed tomorrow! Formwork is complete and the shallow pits for entry slabs on both cabins are dug, infilled with gravel and awaiting rebar.
View of the Blue Mountain Cabin from Monument Valley Cabin
Late Tuesday night, a material delivery including the metal exterior cladding, doors, EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) rubber and other roofing materials arrived at Bluff from Colorado.
Sam, roofing lead, discusses the roof scuppers in the meeting Tuesday night.
This session’s goal of a ‘dry in’ is getting closer and closer!
- Dan & Ryan
Monday, we were welcomed back to Bluff with rainy weather, but that did not hold this DB team back. Half of us went to site and removed the foundation formwork and moved site dirt. The other half of us stayed on campus and made a big supply order that covered windows, doors, HVAC systems and steel cladding. Another large part of the day was spent finalizing details for the start to our framing session that began today.
(Monday morning on site) Here is the team looking over Session 1’s completion of the cured foundation slab and getting ready to pull off the formwork.
Today on site, two exterior walls were framed and lifted into position, which was an exciting moment for us all. Back at the house, the interior detail team worked on mock-up models for the slatted interior system. The patio team worked on correspondence with our structural engineer to finalize details that work with the design and needs of the construction.
Interior detail team working in the woodshop, putting together mock-ups of slat connections.
Becca is working on the bed platform model.
These past two days have been a big step for us all in realizing that decisions need to be made and detailed out in order to stay on track with the construction schedule. We all love to design and are accustomed to refining our designs, but this program is teaching us to refine the detail in the design we have all already sculpted back in our Spring Semester. Detailing and learning how these construction parts become a whole product is this new exciting and yet frustrating challenge we are facing. Session 2 will bring out the most in this DB team and we have full faith we can handle it based on how hard and dedicated we have pushed ourselves these past two days back at Bluff. Great job guys! Lets keep up the long hard work.
C&C [Cam & Coop]
The first safety lecture was filled with the ins and outs of harsh working conditions in the desert of the southwest. Besides heat exhaustion, dust storms, and lightning, the regularity of seeing black widows and rattlesnakes makes us highly aware of our surroundings, and foremost, that the closest medical facility is over an hour away. WMA’s, WFR’s and W-EMT’s are a plenty on our student crew, making everyone feel a little more safe in case the worst happens.
Regular maintenance of tools to clean out super fine-grain sand and protect them from high heat is taught at the outset in order to keep the project moving without any preventable delays.
For now, a pleasant evening rain shower cools the rocks and gives a short respite from the relentless sun. Until the next dispatch with some actual photos of day 1 on site, this is Sam signing off.
Welcome to the beginning of Design Build Bluff 2014! Even though this is the first you are hearing from us we have been busy designing and creating construction documents for the past 8 months. This year is going to be a little different because we have been charged with the task of designing two short stay cabins for the Mexican Water Chapter here on the Navajo reservation. These cabins are going to be around 288 square feet each of interior space and a total of 400 square feet each including outdoor spaces. The cabins are primarily going to be for the renting out to tourist visiting this great location. Mexican Water is central to some great locations such as MOAB, Blue Mountain, Monument valley, Bears ears, Lake Powell, Four corners and many more sites, making it a prime location for these rental cabins. You will see the progression of the semester starting with some of these pictures of the first two days of the semester. Hope you enjoy them and we are excited to show you all what is to come!
~ J-Bird (Jason Patel)
First family dinner
getting concrete and rebar
getting concrete and rebar
getting concrete and re-bar
getting concrete and re-bar
The end of the last session marked the mid-point of the project. It was exhilarating to lock the doors and windows for our week off. The development of the interior spaces are real and it feels more and more refined every day.
Today, we worked on finishing up the foundation preparation to begin putting up the SIP walls. We poured the concrete for the shower, placed the rest of the anchor bolts, and began to cut control joints.
Pouring Shower Concrete: Scott, Greg, Atsushi, and Iassen (from left to right) work the concrete into the form for the shower.
Iassen cuts a control joint.
Results at End of Day