3/28 - Construction Update

After many people had split into separate projects, (e.g., designing boards, constructing furniture), it had been a while since I’d actually stopped by the shipping containers. Below are some photos I took of how things had progressed since I last visited.

Shelves now hang from the walls of shipping container #2:

Whitney Warner (left) and Rachel Shettle (right) are assembling the frames for what will soon be windows:

Click “Read More” to the see how the rest of the shipping containers are coming along.

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Furniture Fabrication

As part of repurposing the shipping containers for use as a classroom, some students went to task creating inexpensive and easily-fabricated furniture for the classroom’s interior. Pieces being designed include shelves, chairs, and tables. Below are some photos of the furniture during or shortly after fabrication. 

The shelves:

The tables:

Hank Mezza (left) and Jordan Inman (right) are designing rolling tables that can be used as individual desks, or arranged end-to-end to form a longer “boardroom”-style table.


For the rest of the photos of the tables and chairs in fabrication, click “Read More” below.

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The Boards

As work progress continued on the Urbarn project, professor Tim Gray wanted to showcase the project at the Jewish Community Center in Indianapolis, as well as in the College of Architecture & Planning building on Ball State’s campus. Arch 402 students Adam McGuire and Eunseam Lee therefore went to task designing boards for display, which were finished and printed on March 19th. 

An image of the board is below, linked to a larger version of the same image. 

For the full PDF of the boards, including readable text, click here (warning: very large file, may take a few minutes to load).

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3/12 - Hanging Door #2

The Arch 402 team reached another major milestone on Monday, March 12: the second (and last) sliding door was attached, so that both containers now have working sliding doors.

Some photos of this milestone in action are below:

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The Model

As many in the team worked to create renderings and construction drawings during Urbarn’s design stages, Arch 402 student Jordan Inman created a beautifully crafted model, which captured the feel of the project in three dimensions.

Some photos of the model are below:

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Interior Color Concepts

Container #1:

Container #2:

Renderings by Nicole Miller

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2/29 - Cutting the Container (Round 2)

Monday the 27th of February was undoubtedly one of our most productive days of work so far, indicated in part by the fact this is, by necessity, our longest blog post yet. Steel was cut, walls were painted, and sparks were flying as welders went to task. Be sure to check out the full set of photos by clicking “Read More” at the bottom of the post.

Whitney Warner and Rachel Shettle painting the exterior of Container #2…

…While Mallory Barga and Nicole Miller paint the inside.

Click below for more photos of Monday’s considerable progress:

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For what might possibly be first our first real-time blog post (made possible by updating the website from the job site), here is a photo of Jordan Inman and Hank Mezza drilling steel, while Katie Werner and other students paint the inside of the second container. Taken roughly 5 minutes ago.

For what might possibly be first our first real-time blog post (made possible by updating the website from the job site), here is a photo of Jordan Inman and Hank Mezza drilling steel, while Katie Werner and other students paint the inside of the second container. Taken roughly 5 minutes ago.

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