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Great in co-ed schools too...

-----Original Message-----
From: Daley, John [mailto:daley(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 10:20 AM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: RE: let's get creative

Provide a floor deck made of thick transparent Lucite.  That will allow
occupants to see the structural system.  I've always wanted to do that since
design class in college.  Make it a small mezzanine/raised platform perhaps.

Just an idea.


-----Original Message-----
From: W. Gray Hodge [mailto:ghodge(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 12:18 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: let's get creative

Here's a chance to brainstorm a bit.

I am working on a new building at a nearby community college.  The
building will house the construction technology department and the
architect and owner/user have really opened the doors for free
thinking.  The idea is that as students learn about various aspects of
building construction technology they will then be able to go and see
the concepts they are learning put into practice.  For the structural
design, that means a lot of exposed elements, such as beams, columns,
connections, bond beams, etc.  For the M/E/P portion of the design,
there will be exposed ducts, mechanical rooms with windows for visual
access, exposed plumbing systems, etc.

We are in the design development stages, now, and we have proposed
several ideas such as:

An entry terrace with a steel teaching sculpture similar to the one at
Univ. of Florida and a U.S.G.S. benchmark.

A tensioned-fabric canopy at the entrance

Separate classrooms featuring exposed to view steel construction,
cast-in-place concrete construction, heavy timber construction, precast
concrete construction and masonry construction.  (Have we left anyone

I'm hoping the structural engineering community may have some more ideas
on how to enlighten future contractors, designers and technicians.  For
instance, I haven't really had any great ideas on how to feature
foundation elements.  Do any of you have any ideas or know of other
buildings/projects that we should look at for inspiration?

At this point, anything goes


Gray Hodge

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