Thursday, September 29, 2011

Jeff Goldberg/Esto

On August 19th and 20th Jeff Goldberg from Esto Photographics visited the Covington Farmers Market to take photos.

Setting up across the street to take pictures of the market.

Jeff visited Covington for two days so he could take photos of the market on a non-market day, and a day when the market was in full swing.

If you'd like to visit Esto's website to see some of the photographs Jeff Goldberg took, click here.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Market is Finished!

A view of the market from the roof of the building across the street.

Looking in towards the market from the top of Main St.

The edge of the market where it meets the park space. This shows the variation in the section lengths of the market floor as well as the bench we located next to the stage.

The market as viewed from the buildings.

This mural has been on the back of the adjacent building since before we built the farmers market. You can see it along the back alley we're now using as access for parking for our market.

One of the first market days. We have a few vendors set up, as well as a musician singing and playing the guitar.

Some words of praise and appreciation from the people of Covington. Thank you Tech students! Go Hokies! VT

Friday, June 3, 2011

Roof Details

We installed gutters to the edges of the roof to prevent excess water from falling on people as they walk in and out of the market structure.

We designed the roof so that any water that fell it would be channelled into one of three separate downspouts, which all lead to a water cistern under the market floor by the building. This water will be reused as the gray water for the bathroom, as well as water used to clean the market floor when needed.

One of the pieces of the gutter mid-installation. This last piece finished up the park side of the market roof.

The market roof complete with gutters.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Landscaping the Park Side

The ground on the site was originally excavated to install concrete footings earlier this spring, so we had to start filling the earth back in adjacent to the market decking.

The ground was filled all the way into the edges of the deck, which will allow for a seamless transition from market floor to park floor.

Part of our design for the market was the sculpting of the earth. This picture shows how the levels of the ground change in relation to the market floor, giving interest to the park space and in this case, providing the stage with a bit of a boost above the regular ground level. This will be a great feature during the town's festivals and small concerts.

Since the market is being completed at the beginning of the summer, sod was laid down in order to provide immediately usable green space for the farmers and the customers. We also planted trees along the edge of Monroe.

A view of the market from the corner of Monroe and Main.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Market Ceiling and Lights

In order to transport and install all the roof sections in Covington without breaking the edge boards of the ceiling, the end pieces of the ceilings were removed for installation. This left space between each two roof sections where we needed to repair tar paper ripped in transport, as well as insert and secure the edges of the ceiling.

Blocking had to be made and inserted between the roof sections to allow for mounting the LED lights for the market, which were generously donated by Traxon Technologies.

After the blocking was inserted the ceiling piece for the edges of the sections were reinstalled. As a final touch, the lights for the market were installed in between the sections to allow for adequate lighting at night, as well as a great visual.

The final product is a sleek, finalized ceiling.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Finalizing the Market Floor and Details

We continued to work on the decking of the market to make the floor space usable for the opening market day.

It was difficult to coordinate the lengths of the boards and frames in our pre-fabrication facility, so all of the decking for the building was done on-site. The widths of the floorboards match up with the building's exterior cladding so that the size of wood used for the decking would continue up the side of the building.

The building wall that faces the market was painted with chalkboard paint so it could be used as a community message board for the farmers and townspeople.

The concept of the decking wrapping up to create form continues with the bench on the park side of the market.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Roof Installation Phase II

After successfully installing three of the roof sections on Wednesday, we spent Thursday and Friday completing the roof installation. Sections were hoisted into the air and positioned above their spots in the columns, where our studio worked together to get all the pieces in their proper places without any problems.

In order to help with the placement of the sections, we attached leashes to the sections before they went up so that we could use them to maneuver each roof portion into place. Some of the maneuvering required a lot of help, as can be seen by the above photo.

For the installation, one student had to be at each of the four columns that the new section would be arriving on to ensure that the roof sections were getting connected to the columns. Once the sections were in place we began to bolt them to the columns so that they could remain in place.

Titanium underlayment from each section overlapped onto another to prevent water leakage from section to section.

A view of the roof from inside the market space.

The roof was finished being fully installed on Friday evening. This photo shows the roof stretched along the length of the market space from Main St. where it meets Monroe.

Design/Build LAB on the news

On Thursday night's WSLS 5:30 news, design/build LAB's farmers market project was featured as one of the local news segments.

Click here to view the video clip.

Roof Installation Phase I

Roof sections were transported with the ceiling-side up, so before we could make any progress towards placing any of the sections, there were a few final steps that had to be taken. First, sections had to be flipped so that they were right side up. We used straps to attach to the crane to pull one side up, and then carefully lowered each section so that the roofing side would face upwards. We then applied waterproofing titanium underlayment. The underlayment will protect the roof sections from any rainfall or water penetration until the metal roofing is put on next week.

Once each section was fully flipped and protected, we reattached straps to the roof sections so that Smitty, our crane operator, could lift the sections and position them on site.

The roof group boys coming together to pray for the safe installation of their roof sections.

Three roof sections were up at the end of the day Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Market Floor Installation Phase I

In order to keep the market floor sections square and rigid during transport, the decking frames were built and decked so there would be no compromising holes that would make the frame weaker. Before the market floor sections could be lifted into place on site, spaces for the column placement had to be cut out of the frames using a jig saw.

Frames were then strapped and moved from their original unloading spot on the MeadWestvaco lot to the Craft Shop's lot, where the crane was able to access them.
Each decking section was then lifted from the parking lot to the site over the columns that had already been installed. Smitty, our crane operator, was then able to position the sections for installation.

We raised one side of each deck to be able to move it in between the columns until the pre-cut holes were lined up with the columns. Smitty then lowered each deck so that we could place it properly.

The market floor currently stretches Main St. down to just before the building. Some decks will be built in-place on site to ensure proper alignment with the building's slab.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ground Prefabrication Phase III

On Friday, May 13th, the decking sections for the market floor began to be moved from our prefabrication facility to the site of the Covington market.

Once the groups of sections were lifted from their original stacks, we had to guide them out to the loading area while the forklift carried the sections out.

Sections were carried and loaded three at a time. Straps were wrapped around the width of the section to hoist them into the air as they were guided onto the truck bed.

We were able to load twelve ground sections onto the truck. The twelve sections will make up six of the fifteen ten foot by approximately 30 foot sections used to make the market floor. An additional load of frames and deck sections were transported on Saturday.