HABITAT PALLET BENCH EXPERIMENT
A design project promoting ecological habitat, campus art, digital manufacturing, experiential learning and demonstration of urban material reuse.
Location: Garden Space at School of Architecture Art and Historical Preservation, Roger Williams University
Construction: Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 (Ongoing)
Lead Designer: Leonard Yui, Assistant Professor of Architecture, AIA, LEED AP
- Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art and Historical Preservation
- RWU Facilities: (John Tameo, Director of Facilities Operation & Matthew Clement, Grounds Supervisor)
- Dr. Scott Ruhren, Conservation Ecologist, Senior Director of Conservation at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island,
Faculty at University of Rhode Island
- Graduate Assistant: Rachel Foley, MARCH Candidate 2018
- Graduate Assistant in Digital Manufacturing: Vernon Apgar, MARCH Candidate 2018
Three coats of "clear" deck stain on CNCed marine grade plywood to prevent warping and cracking. Most time consuming was the interior coating of over 3000 CNC holes.
PALLET SET UP
Level ground, squaring/prepping the pallets to receive the plywood finish. Additionally the group smoothed all rough edges from the holes generated by the CNC router to prep for staining.
RHINO / GRASSHOPPER / CNC DEVELOPMENT + REALIZATION
Many hours went into planning, coordinating, developing and routing the 3/4" marine grade plywood. Graduate student Vernon Apgar helped to realize the design in Rhino, Grasshopper and CNC. Sanding and hand routing 3/8 round on the top edges of the plywood finished the rough cutouts before staining.
FOUNDATION SET UP
Stake and grid garden space, laid sand and level cider blocks as foundation for future pallets. Additionally the group received new materials, such as the plywood and transported them to storage. Lots of heavy lifting.
Savannah Fox Tree-Mcgrath