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March 24: Wind & Volunteers

A group from Engineers Without Borders volunteered their time and hands to help us with our project. We battled hurricane-force winds as we worked on the exterior siding and soffit. Also, we started the final of layers of plaster in the windows under the guidance of the master of plaster, Hiroko. The interior team finished 90% of the drywall in preparation for construction of the masonry heater. Next week, a professional mason will come all the way from Maine to help us build the heater.  We’d also like to send a special thanks to the Bureau of Reclamation for your continued support and donations. Keep your fingers crossed for less wind and more sunshine.

Special thanks to our Engineers Without Borders

Special thanks to our Engineers Without Borders

Breakers Installed

Breakers Installed

Siding edge detail

Siding edge detail

Nico's fancy siding jig

Nico’s fancy siding jig

Siding team Doorman
Volunteers helping install the insect screen on the soffit.

Volunteers helping install the insect screen on the soffit.

Plaster preparation

Plaster preparation


March 20 – Drywall, drywall, drywall

Installing drywall on the ceiling

Installing drywall on the ceiling

 

Discussing the plaster samples for the window "cones."

Discussing the plaster samples for the window “cones.”

Plumbing master?

Plumbing master?

Kristi and Rosie, the master plasters.

Kristi and Rosie, the master plasters.


Session 3 Begins

Nico working on the soffit-to-wall connection

Nico working on the soffit-to-wall connection

Initial Pressure Testing the plumbing

Initial Pressure Testing the plumbing

Thanks to our volunteers for not being afraid to get a little dirty!

Thanks to our volunteers for not being afraid to get a little dirty!

Volunteers from the University of Utah helped make benches.

Volunteers from the University of Utah helped make benches.


Love Utah Give Utah

Hey Everyone! One week from today, on March 22, DesignBuildBLUFF will be participating in a state wide fundraising event called Love Utah Give Utah. Now is your chance to show your support for all your favorite non-profits and make a contribution!

DBB is thrilled to have a matched donor, meaning, if we can raise $5,000, then this donor will contribute an additional $5,000.  All donations can be made online at http://loveutgiveut.razoo.com/story/Design-Build-Bluff, on March 22.  We appreciate all your support and look forward to seeing the community’s support for DBB and other non-profits.

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Session 3: Dryed in

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Cellulose blower issues can't slow us down.

Cellulose blower issues can’t slow us down.

Grinding team working on the concrete floors.

Grinding team working on the concrete floors.

A real house with a real shadow.

A real house with a real shadow.

Anya putting her back into the metal panel installation.

Anya putting her back into the metal panel installation.

Roof Team

Roof Team

End of session 3: the house is dry and there are signs of a soffit.

End of session 3: the house is dry and there are signs of a soffit.


Better Homes With Recycled Waste

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Embattled University of Utah architecture dean resigns

brenda-scheerThe embattled dean of the University of Utah’s architecture school resigned Thursday.

“I am very proud of the tremendous record of progress made in the college during my 11-year tenure,” said Brenda Scheer, who will step down on Dec. 31, in a statement.

Scheer was widely blamed for what was seen as the forced resignation of popular architecture chairman Prescott Muir in late February. After students and faculty called for an investigation of his departure, Scheer apologized, and Muir agreed to stay on.

“I regret that I acted hastily, without full information and without full consideration of [those] views …” Scheer said in a statement earlier this month, though she maintained Muir’s resignation wasn’t forced. “I am sure that there would have been a far different outcome had I been more inclusive.”

On Thursday afternoon, the U. announced Scheer will take a yearlong sabbatical to write a book, then return to the college as a full-time professor.

“In the next few months I have the goal of moving our proposed building addition forward, instituting new procedures for assessment of programs and student learning … as well as facilitating a smooth transition to a new dean,” she said in her statement.

U. officials didn’t immediately name a replacement or detail a process for finding a new dean.

“I want to thank Brenda for her leadership and commitment to sustainability and encouraging student engagement with important issues in the community,” said President David Pershing in a statement, calling the College of Architecture and Planning a “model” for “student success efforts.”

Graduate student Jane Collette said she was glad to see a change in leadership.

“I’m happy the administration took the problem so seriously and acted quickly to solve it,” she said. “I think the problems were serious enough that this was the inevitable result.”

Source: Salt Lake Tribune