At Team 5’s fourth meeting the students applied all they have learned so far from the different architecture, structure and construction management disciplines with a design build activity. They had to buy materials within a limited budget, design and build a building to scale considering specific site issues and support the weight of a graphic calculator. One structure even supported a steel manual! Project teams were successful based on the amount of money they had remaining and additional monetary bonuses based on structural performance and aesthetics.

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Upon Team 5’s first visit at the architects’, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, office they were gifted with Field Notes sketchbooks. In their new sketchbooks they practiced architecturally documenting various fruits and vegetables in plan, section and elevation. When they weren’t sketching they were learning the fundamentals of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems from Lend Lease. The ins and outs of thermal heating was a hot topic.

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Sketching @ VDTA

At our first team meeting of the year, Team 5 participated in a murder mystery activity. With various clues and tough investigative questions, the students cracked the case! While trying to figure out who was responsible for the fictional murder, the students learned more about the job responsibilities of an architect, engineer and construction manager and what “clues,” or characteristics, best describe them.

Then the students put their design and structural skills to the test: building towers out of pasta and marshmallows. We separated into teams to compete against one another to build the tallest structurally sound tower. All towers successfully withstood gravity loads, but soon “Earthquake Ezra” made his rounds and applied lateral forces as well. Some towers prevailed better than others…Team 5 Marshmallow Towers

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Attention Students:  Please join ACE on our annual campus visit to the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, coming up Saturday March 10.  The trip is free to all ACE students and includes travel by coach bus, breakfast, lunch and a fantastic and informative tour for all students planning to attend college.

We will be hosted upon arrival by faculty at the College of Fine and Applied Arts, who will provide a presentation on programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.  Tours of the design studios and a pizza lunch will follow, before we head across campus to the Engineering Open House 2012.  Here students are able to participate in activities related to Civil and Structural engineering in a very informal setting.  Former ACE students will meet with us throughout the day and you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions about college life.  We might also have time for stops to see dorm rooms, book stores, and possibly a stop to see last year’s student Solar House competition.

You may ask your mentors for a permission slip with all the details, or you may download it here: Schedule and Permission_ACE FieldTrip UIUC 2012

ACE Students,

An optional field trip to IIT’s campus has been arranged for next Friday, November 18, from noon to 4pm.  Students will meet with ACE mentors and IIT faculty on campus; we will tour architecture studios, engineering classrooms, student dorms and other campus buildings.  To sign up for the trip, or for more information, contact Geoff Dauksas at gdauksas@thortontomasetti.com with your name and email address.  See flyer attached.

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 Attention Students:  Please join ACE on our annual campus visit at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, coming up Saturday March 12.  The trip is free to all ACE students and includes travel by coach bus, breakfast, lunch and a fantastic and informative tour for all students planning to attend college.

We will be hosted upon arrival by faculty at the College of Fine and Applied Arts, who will provide a presentation on programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.  Tours of the design studios and a pizza lunch will follow, before we head across campus to the Engineering Open House 2011.  Here students are able to participate in activities related to Civil and Structural engineering in a very informal setting.  Former ACE students will meet with us throughout the day and you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions about college life.  We might also have time for stops to see dorm rooms, book stores, and possibly a stop to see last year’s student Solar House competition.

Please ask your mentors for a permission slip with all the details or you may download it here:  Schedule and Permission_ACE FieldTrip UIUC 2011.

 

This week we worked in teams to develop the building mass of our ideal school.  Foam blocks representing the program spaces were arranged in a variety of schemes.  We discussed how to group areas of program based on function of spaces, circulation between spaces, views and daylighting, and location within the project site.   After presenting each of the schemes there were many similarities between both teams’ ideas.  We now have lots of good ideas to develop the building further in the next few weeks!

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This week’s reminders:

Bring any sketches you may have worked on as you thought about the building’s form and materials this week.

This week on Team 5 we met at Halvorson and Partners, toured their office, and got to see a little more about what engineers do every day.  We also had a brainstorming activity to start defining the program of our design project.

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Reminders:

We are not meeting on Nov. 24th – Enjoy the Thanksgiving break!

Our next meeting on December 1st  is at the Bovis construction site at Lake & Wells.  Please remember your permission slips or you will not be allowed to tour the site.

This week, Team 5 went to the location of our design project.  The project site is located along the river near the intersection of Harrison & Wells.  After visiting the site, observing existing conditions, and taking photos, the team headed back to the office and completed a site analysis that will help to guide future design decisions.

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Reminders:

Our next meeting is at Halvorson and Partners at 600 West Chicago Avenue, Suite 650

Bring your ideas/sketches/pictures to explain what you would change or what you really like about your school.