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     Install permanent strain gauges (will measure strain from gravity load
of class above - before they arrive and after -  and wind loads).  Some
transducer to translate the strains into stresses (or let the students do
that).

Greg

----- Original Message -----
From: "Structuralist" <dennis.wish(--nospam--at)gte.net>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 7:08 PM
Subject: RE: let's get creative


> Check out the websites for Columbus Indiana. I have not been back there
> since the early 70's, but at the time there was a Montessori school
designed
> by an architect whose last name was Johannsen (sorry about the spelling).
> The school was entirely open to allow for students to seek their own level
> of knowledge by moving from one class to another.
> All of the MEP systems (and structural systems) were exposed and painted
in
> bright colors. Passages from one portion of the building to another where
> made through "tubes" rather than conventional corridors. The lighting was
> recessed into the MEP systems to allow the colors to come alive and to
> soften the environment for the students (using quartz or similar for the
> era, but not as harsh as fluorescent lighting).
> The floor as carpeted with a low pile office carpet kept in the gray range
> to blend with the concrete that was exposed.
> I know that there are a few websites devoted to Columbus Indiana as it is
an
> architectural landmark with some of the most famous architects, sculptures
> and artists of the 1950's and later participating in the design of this
> town. I was a student of Architecture at U of I - Chicago Circle at the
time
> I took the tour (led by the senior citizens of the town). It was a two day
> experience I won't forget.
>
> Dennis
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: W. Gray Hodge [mailto:ghodge(--nospam--at)hodgedesign.com]
> > Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 10:18 AM
> > To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
> > 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
> > out?).
> >
> > 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
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Gray Hodge
> >
> >
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