Transforming Spaces through Art and Function

Home Depot is My New Home

Home Depot is My New Home

This week has been filled with Home Depot trips. Our first trip was to find proper wood to support the turtle shell decoration. We settled on 1/2 inch pressure treated plywood. This is the most durable for outdoor use. Unfortunately, the best types of wood, such as teak or cedar, are not available in any […]

Deconstruction First

Deconstruction First

This week, I have begun to measure the two tables that we will be deconstructing to reuse for our metal frame. Emily took detailed measurements ahead of time for me, and I personally broke the drawings down to figure out how these tables can be taken apart and recreated into the correct size parts that […]

Beginning the Construction- Materials

Beginning the Construction- Materials

We have begun to look at materials for our design. Our biggest issues are cost and accessibility. We want to be able to access materials that we understand how to use. As mentioned in an earlier post, we will be using recycled materials from old projects that are abandoned in storage in A.V. Williams and […]

Finalized Model

Turtle Shell Awning

Click image for an enlarged view. Top, left, front, and perspective views are all pictured here to give a better visual of our Solar Awning.  

Finalized Design- Starting Constructi...

Finalized Design- Starting Construction

This week marks our first week of planning out our construction process. It has been a long month of finalizing design, figuring out materials, attempting to stay within our budget and still fitting our time frame. Some changes have been made, and slowly, work is getting done! We have decided to re-position our vertical posts. […]

Turtle Shell Decoration

Turtle Shell Decoration

Above is the diagrammed decorative backing for the panels. This will contribute to the artistic features incorporated within this design.    

Diagram of Orthographic Views

Diagram of Orthographic Views

  Above is an image of the multiple views of the Bench Awning we have designed. This omits the turtle shell decoration that covers the back of the panels.

Foods for Thought

Foods for Thought

Yesterday I had two different conversations that involved my Capstone, and it made me consider a few things. For the placement of the awning, it may make more sense to place the frame on the outsides of the bench instead of directly behind. Initially, Professor Ambrose suggested creating two joints that connect the vertical posts […]

Updates

Updates

We have received permission to work on this bench on campus from the Facilities Management. Bill Monan, our contact, was interested in our project and allowed us to work on and around the bench seeing its beneficial cause. Additionally, I have completed an Inventor design of the framework for the shell, including the metal frame […]

Meeting with Second Stakeholder

Meeting with Second Stakeholder

As per Professor Ambrose’s suggestion, I got in contact with my professor Brent White, as well. Upon describing the project, he first suggested looking into the mathematical theory of how a turtle shell develops. Looking at the actual shape and design has helped visualize how this piece will come together. In meeting him in person, […]

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