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Farmstands are complete, installed, AWESOME

May 21st, 2012
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Last Thursday and Friday, we loaded the finished farmstands onto a trailer and delivered them to their final destination: the boys’ team’s “magic carpet” farmstand to downtown Lewiston, and the girls’ team’s “modular box” farmstand to Mr. Wallace Jones’ property on Highway 308. The two were designed 100% by students to be both aesthetically interesting and structurally sound, prefabricated and within the width and height requirements of a standard trailer (less than 96″ wide). ————————– BOYS TEAM: “Team Genie” We delivered the boys’ farmstand on


You’re invited: Farmstand Open House May 15th!

May 8th, 2012
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Before the farmstands are installed roadside, and before the school year ends, we invited one and all to come celebrate with us at the Studio H shop behind Bertie High School in Windsor, NC. The two farmstands will be on display, and our students will be there to tell you all about them. Come on down on Tuesday, May 15th from 5-7pm to meet us, meet our students, check out the work, ask questions, and celebrate! Light refreshments will be provided. Map to the Studio


Boys’ Team farmstand: 70% complete

May 7th, 2012
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The boys (Team Genie) are moving along on their farmstand, now with all the ribs/bays in place, ready for floor decking, siding, and built-in counter top. This farmstand will be installed in front of Town Hall in Lewiston, on or around May 17th. The counter structure (above) will support a 30″-deep surface for selling and displaying produce. Siding was individually rip-cut and painted, then laid out in a randomized pattern. This will be the exterior “skin” of the farm stand that you will see from


Girls’ Team farmstand: 75% complete

May 7th, 2012
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The girls’ team has their two walls up and attached to the base, and now only need their metal roof and built-in countertop space. This farmstand will be installed off of highway 308 for use by a private farmer who sells a whole array of veggies and greens. Originally the design included three walls, however the final design is only two to allow for better access. Each of the boxes can be used for storage, or some might be closed off with flat planes to


Girls’ farmstand team tests wall configurations

May 2nd, 2012
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The girls’ team, “Team Quad-X” has finished 1 of their 3 farmstand walls, and celebrated yesterday with some cute photos. They tested multiple configurations of the modules to make up the wall, and once decided, tilted it upright. The farmstand will consist of three of these walls and a roof in a simple (but complex!) cubic form.


Snapsnots of farmstand construction progress

April 30th, 2012
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Team Genie (boys): structural bays and ribs are being raised into place Farmstand construction continues this week: target date of installation in Lewiston and on Hwy 308: May 15-17. Team Quad-X (girls): modular cube-walls being assembled, three total will form farmstand


Construction of farmstands: 50% complete!

April 24th, 2012
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With just one month left of school, our “boys vs. girls” construction challenge is about half-way complete. The two farmstands are starting to take shape after many rounds of design development, prototyping, and the production of working shop drawings. Here is the breakdown: Girls (aka “Team Quad-X”): The girls’ design consists of a three-walled cube made up of smaller cubes, set on a base. The entire structure will be picked up and moved, as a single unit, to its destination in either downtown Lewiston-Woodville or


Farmstand construction begins: Boys vs. Girls!

April 2nd, 2012
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After our critique, we voted on the farmstand design schemes that would be most interesting and most realistic to build within 8 weeks and deliver on site. After combining a few concepts and taking into account budget and materials, we landed on two schemes (rather than 3 farmstands) to build full-scale, with a third mini-project that would include built-in furniture and other related components. The first scheme was a combination of Ryann’s “vented” structural component walls and Leanna’s lattice-work structure. The second was a revision


Field trip to the farmers market (built by Studio H year 1)

March 17th, 2012
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On Friday, we loaded up the Bertie County Schools activity bus (here’s where Matt’s school bus driver’s license comes in especially handy) and took a field trip 5 miles down the road to the Windsor Super Market, the farmers market structure designed and built by our Studio H students last year. We thought it would be a good precedent to examine as our current students move from the design phase to the build phase of their own farmstand structures for around the county. Matt walked


Critique #2: Integrated farmstand designs

March 16th, 2012
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Yesterday was our second design critique for the design of our farmstands, three of which will be built around Bertie County by the end of the semester (one in Powellsville, one in Lewiston-Woodville, and one for a farmer who lives off route 308). The task today was to present the integrated designs, which are the result of two students paired together. Their original, individual designs each had some great elements, and we paired students in ways that would hopefully enhance both designs, and combine the

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