CARTER SCHOOL PROJECT
PROJECT INTRO 4 About the Project DEVELOPMENT OF DESIGN 6 Design Development/Project Presentation CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
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Site Preparation Footers and Colums Steel Fabrication Raising the Columns Up in the Air Painting Water Features Down on the Ground The Finished Product
PROJECT COMPLETION 20 The Opening Ceremony 22 Design/Build Team 23 Thanks to 24 Press
ABOUT THE PROJECT The Carter School project was the first design/build project for the new Masters of Architecture program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The design/build portion of the program is designed as a community outreach initiative. This initiative helps a community related organization that needs project assistance, and gives Mass Art a face in the community.
Our project was based at the William E Carter School in Bostonâ€™s historic South End Neighborhood. The William E Carter School provides therapeutic and rehabilitative services for severely mentally and physically handicapped students, aged 10 â€“ 22 years of age. Our project revolved around the moving of students between the buses that transport them to school and the entry to the school. Prior to our involvement, this area was left uncovered, leaving students and staff exposed to the elements during the often lengthy process of bus loading and unloading.
DEVELOPMENT OF DESIGN
DEVELOPMENT OF DESIGN
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT/ PROJECT PRESENTATION During the design development phase, our class broke into three design groups to explore initial concepts. We regrouped and presented our ideas to eachother. By consensus (not majority vote) we cam up with a concept. We began to explore through models and structure. After the basic ideas of our project were clarified, we began to explore structural connection details and building materials.
Three weeks after our first meeting we presented our project to the head of the graduate department at Mass Art. Then we presented our concept to Boston Public Schools and the Carter School staff. Our project was well received. We began to work product sourcing, project funding and logistics. Scheduling began to come into line. Our first day on site was less than a week away!
DEVELOPMENT OF DESIGN
DEVELOPMENT OF DESIGN
FOOTERS AND COLUMNS
During site preparation, we began by removing large sections of hedge and roots from the site. We marked out our plan, cut through the existing sidewalks and jack hammered out the remaining concrete. Then we began the digging. Over a dozen footing locations required removal of an area that was 4 feet by four feet, by 5 or 6 feet deep. Without the assistance we received from the Trial Court Community Service, we may not have made it past this phase of construction. During excavation we, removed over a ton of bricks and stones, which we used later for pavers, garden elements and our interactive water features.
After excavation was completed, we built forms for the footers and columns of our structure. The local Iron Workers Union #7 donated rebar and helped us with tying rebar for support inside the concrete footers and columns. Once the rebar was set in place, we had our first pour for the footers. About two days later, we had our pour for the columns. After that was set, we removed the formwork, and backfilled around the columns, bringing everything back up to grade level. No more holes!
RAISING THE COLUMNS
At this point in construction, we split into two teams to expedite the construction process. One team headed to the metal fabrication shop at Mass Art, to weld saddles and columns for the front structural support system. The other team stayed at the site, to complete the formwork and concrete pour for the water features. We also dug a dry well to deal with the water runoff from the structure. Additional steel fabrication began on site for the rear support “space truss” structure. This was completed by Ed from S and S fabrication.
At this point, we regrouped back at the site to erect the steel columns at the front and sides of the structure. We used leverage and muscles to push the steel up on the support columns and bolt them into place. After the columns were set, we began hoisting the large PSL’s into place using stabilization techniques and an air powered robot named “Rusty”. Once the PSL’s in the front were set, we set the rear PSL, and began drilling in place, to build the front truss structure.
UP IN THE AIR Once the front and rear support structures were in place, we began to put up the rafters and blocking. The structure really began to take shape. Once the rafters were set, we began attaching the sleepers and the metal roofing panels. For the translucent Polygal roof sections, a more elaborate â€œtrellis â€œlike roofing structure was used. These were built down on the ground and slid up onto the roof. Once all of this support structure was placed, the Polygal was attached, and the finishing work began.
In order to protect the steel structure from rust and carry some color down from the roof into the structure, all steel was primed and painted. Primary colors are matched to the colors of the translucent Polygal roofing panels. Tractor seating was installed along concrete base columns. This seating allows for single use, which facilitates student/staff usage and discourages loitering after school hours.
donated gutters were installed and tested, activating the interactive water features. Rain chains carry water down from gutters into pools at the top of the features. The height of these elements provides an opportunity for students in chairs to â€œreach outâ€? and feel the varied natural surfaces inside the pools of the water feature.
DOWN ON THE GROUND
THE FINISHED PRODUCT
Installation of pavers and other site work began to get completed. Dong Wan Kim worked tirelessly and sustained a minor neck injury to complete three herringbone walkways for the landscaping. Working with a plan donated by designer Lelia Weinstein and plants donated by Mahoneyâ€™s Garden Center and Allendale Farms, planting beds were laid out and filled with soil donated by the city. An array of local, drought tolerant plants finished off the ground work.
The bus shelter at The Carter School provides over 1600 feet of covered space to facilitate the loading and unloading of students at the school. Overhead, colorful translucent panels provide a colorful and inspiring zone for travel or stationary contemplation. The varied structure reflects to passersby as well as users, the variety of activities and the unique personalities of the people that use the Carter School on a daily basis.
THE OPENING CEREMONY On Friday September 25th, the Mass Art student team and instructors gathered along with Carter School staff, friends, and Mayor Menino for the official opening of the Carter School Project. The mayor spoke and took photographs with team members. The Carter School provided an ice cream bar and gave t shirts to team members and friends. A fun time was had by all.
DONG WAN KIM
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