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
Design Collaborators:

  • 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
 

PLYWOOD STAIN

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.

Vernon Apgar
Whitney Belton
Victoria Fagan
Rachel Foley
Matthew Moskal  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

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. 

Katherine Gunther
Yiyu Han
Mariam Jameel
Nick Pyles
Sophia Sabaten
Erica Taras
Matthew Moskal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Vernon Apgar
Whitney Belton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

Alpha Alafate
Julia Collopy
Rachel Foley
Savannah Fox Tree-Mcgrath
Chris Mahatcek
Nick Pyles
Erica Taras