For my final year at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, I was a part of Studio 804. The program involves students in all aspects of the building process, from initial design to finished construction. This makes for an exhaustive 10 month experience that allows students to understand and address in a physical way critical issues of sustainability, energy efficiency, and accessibility.
The project that I and 16 other grad students were a part of for 2011-2012 was Galileo’s Pavilion at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. The building is composed of two classrooms and a student lounge that form a courtyard around a pre-exisitng sculpture, Galileo’s Garden. The project is 804’s fifth LEED Platinum project.
I was fortunate enough to be the one that took the photos that show the breadth of this work, which ranfrom the beginning of January 2012 through completion in time for a June 21 open house.
Studio 804 participants.
January 12 – Formwork for the concrete foundation goes in despite the cold weather and snow
January 13 – The pour
January 16 – Foundation concrete has cured enough for the formwork to be removed
January 16 – Gravel that will form the base of the crawlspace concrete floor is poured in
January 16 – Participants work late into the evening installing the crawlspace vapor barrier and 8″ layer of EPS insulation
January 20 – Crawlsapce concrete floor is poured
January 21 – Work begins on refilling the excavated areas around the foundation.
January 23 – Expansion joints are cut into the concrete
January 30 – Installation of the floor joists is finished.
February 01 – Wall blocking is installed on top of floor sheathing
February 02 – Plastic barrier and rebar are installed for concrete floor
February 08 – What will be the finished concrete floor–which contains fly ash and a special granite aggregate–is poured
February 14 – Blankets to insulate the concrete while it cures are removed after some snowfall
February 17 – One of the walls–whose 12″ deep framing will be used to create a super-insulated cavity–is lifted into place
February 18 – Exercising those arm muscles to lift another of the walls into place
February 20 – All hands were at the ready installing the steel frame for the floor to ceiling glass
February 21 – Taking a break from all the heavy lifting
February 22 – All the wall framing is up
February 23 – A construction forklift is needed to lift some of the heavier roof structural members into place
February 23 – Lights from the nearby parking lot cast some late night shadows
February 24 – Roof sheathing begins to go up
February 24 – Where it then gets nailed down
February 28 – Compressed air made for an easier life with all the nails that were used
March 02 – The weather didn’t make for an easier life as the parapet was installed
March 03 – The sloped roof insulation is installed
March 06 – Multiple hands were needed as the EPDM roof membrane was massaged into place
March 10 – The morning sun casts shadows through the plastic used to seal up the window openings
March 16 – Operable skylights with rain sensors allow for cross ventilation in the spaces
March 17 – Steel studs for the rain screen and foiled 1″ EPS insulation go on over the building wrap
March 17 – A big whole was needed for the 10000 gallon cistern that supplies the interior planted walls with water runoff from the roof
March 23 – Reclaimed slate, mostly from chalkboards salvaged from surrounding schools, were cut to size for the rain screen
March 28 – Strings, levels, and plenty of eyeballs were needed to make sure the first courses of slate went in correctly
April 02 – Rock Chalk!
April 11 – There was never a lack of dirt that needed to be moved from one spot to another
April 16 – Some cleaning required
April 17 – The floor to ceiling glass was reclaimed from a Kansas City office building that was cancelled midway through construction
April 19 – Steady now!
April 25 – Closing it all in
April 18 – Drywall!
April 21 – Dryceiling!
April 21 – Insulation made from recycled newspapers is blown into the wall and ceiling cavities
May 02 – The last of the glass goes up as the slow process of polishing the concrete floors begins
May 08 – Almost too pretty to be walked on
May 08 – Paint it white!
May 11 – Cuts are made to install the first few plants of the 10000 or so that make up the 3 green walls
May 05 – Foundations are poured for Dale Eldred’s “Galileo’s Garden” sculpture
May 24 – Formwork is put in place for the courtyard retaining walls
May 30 – Formwork is finished and ready for concrete
June 02 – The first of the frosted glass louvers are installed, with only 591 more to follow
June 10 – Interior view of a few of those 591 louvers set in place
A few of those 591 louvers set in place
June 10 – Most of the exterior work, including the installation of the wind turbine, nears completion
June 13 – Sod begins to go down
June 15 – Custom light fixtures composed of plate steel and fiber optics before installation onto the ceiling
June 18 – While pretty, the weight of these light fixtures did not make for an enjoyable installation
June 18 – The June 21 open house required us to put in some late hours to tidy some final details up
June 21 – All done!