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Construction update at Florida Southern College visitor cent

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I have posted a few photos (on my website) of the construction at the college. It is very early in the process - mainly site preparation.

http://www.flwright.us/flw.facultyhousing.htm

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the red concrete mat is poured....

video
http://www.buildingtheusonianhouse.com/

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FSC

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I plan to add photos as they make progress

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Post by Tom »

Jmcnally, Thanks for the pics. Do you have any idea how the bottom course is secured to the slab and that bottom stone "plinth" trim piece?
Also, looking forward to you documentation of this. You must live around there? Especially interested in how they're going to levitate that carport roof!
Thanks again.

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Post by jmcnally »

I can't answer any technical questions because I don't have that proficiency (especially here in Florida, where they don't have basements; I'm much more used to Michigan construction methods).

I am sure that others will have that knowledge, and this is probably a good thread to pose those ongoing questions.

I do keep an apartment in the area, so I plan to monitor the progress on a regular basis.

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slab poured

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The slab has been poured and is being cured with the assistance of a lawn sprinkler. I also got a less-obstructed view of the brick samples. I'll post new photos in the next couple days.

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FYI, we are producing a chronicle of the construction of the Usonian house at Florida Southern College. Please check in regularly at:

BuildingTheUsonianHouse

Perhaps Mr McNally and I will bump into each other on the "superintendent's" sidewalk sometime.

Michael

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Post by jmcnally »

I look forward to it! call me Jim.

Your website is excellent and it's great you have such access to the job site. It will be much better for readers to follow the progress on your web page - I won't feel pressured to keep up so much!

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Oh yeah, I see steel pipe columns already in. Ready I suppose to tie down those cantilever ends.

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Post by Deke »

Interesting stuff, but i can't help wonder if this flat slab construction is more complex than just creating a traditional foundation with crawl space. But then Wright was the master at designing simple things that require a lot more work.

Who is the local architect? I'd like to know how they took an old design and updated it with I assume the latest tech and code demands.

Deke

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Architects: http://www.mcwb-arch.com/
But don't know of they have local representatives or not.

Anybody know what the big blue pipes are underneath the slab?

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Also, any body know what the small copper pipes are that come vertically out of the dirt and then spread radially and horizontally out 360 degrees?

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Post by egads »

The blue PVC is underfloor A/C ducts. The little copper pipes have something to do with a geothermal heat pump.

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Tom wrote:Architects: http://www.mcwb-arch.com/
But don't know of they have local representatives or not.

Anybody know what the big blue pipes are underneath the slab?
Underground duct work.
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FSC Projects on the architect's website:
http://www.mcwb-arch.com/projects/educational/fsc.html

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