The fun has finally begun- site work. Work at the site begins during the 8th week of classes. Armed with a shovel in one hand and a water bottle in the other, I was ready to break ground and dirty my brand new construction boots. We began our site work by digging up all the existing planting from the site area, putting them into pots and transporting them to be temporarily stored in the University green house. This is a completely new experience for me- holding a shovel, digging into the soil, pulling out the plants, and it has been an incredibly satisfying experience. The site work just makes you realize
how the design and AutoCAD drawing work on paper is only half the work done. The other major half is actually getting the design built on site. I think, we are extremely lucky to have this studio which gives us the opportunity to get a hands on construction experience, which we might or might not get later on in our professional lives. In my previous years of professional work, I have been on sites, talking to contractors, explaining drawings, overseeing the work. But getting a chance to do that work on your own has been my dream for a long time. I look forward to the next few weeks of pouring concrete, fabricating metal, planting new plants and not to forget rolling around big boulders.
We also got a chance to observe the contractors do the leveling work of the site. It was noticed that the survey points on site were different from the ones shown in our drawing although our drawings were all based off their previous surveys. Although the discrepancy was worked out, it just goes to show how much of your design stands a chance of changing once you start construction work and all the surprises start popping up, most of them not so pleasant surprises.
All the heavy site work is also enhancing our physical well being, helping us shed the extra baggage accumulated from endless sitting hours of AutoCAD replenished with burgers and shakes from Cookout.