Keep Calm and Plant On

Hello again Project Ventura enthusiasts, it is Chandler from Ms. Jo’s class. My previous blog post on Friday gave you all a good introduction into the greenhouse we are going to build. On Friday, we continued to work on building trusses.

This is some of the work done by engineering students to scale down the dimensions of the greenhouse.

This is some of the work done by engineering students to scale down the dimensions of the greenhouse.

To practice and prepare for builidng the actual greenhouse, we are going to build a scale model of the greenhouse. The first step, which all groups completed on Friday, is to figure out the dimensions of the scaled down model compared to the actual greenhouse. We had feet to inches when 1’ = 2”. We had to divide by 12 and then multiply by two or we could just divide by six. As a group we were able to get all of the dimensions scaled down to the size of our model.

The next step will be to start building the trusses and walls to scale. Alas, that will be for another day. We then got a special visit from our school principal, Ms. Goka, and from Ms. Warner who is one of our clients. We took another walk out to the sight where we will be building the greenhouse. We had to explain the greenhouse and get the location approved by Ms. Goka, which we did. She loved our idea of the location and liked the idea of it being modular.

We also explained to her that we wanted to make sure we didn’t block the gardens that are already in place in the area. She seemed very excited about the whole thing and sent us on to next step.

These are the current gardens that will be remade later on that we must consider when we are making the greenhouse.

These are the current gardens that will be remade later on that we must consider when we are making the greenhouse.

Before we begin to build the greenhouse, we have to make sure that we don’t begin to dig into the ground where we could hit a pipe. We don’t know where all the pipes are underground, so we were asked to call the city of Austin to come out and mark the land for us.

We called 8-1-1 and talked to the automated voice machine until we talked to Cierra from the city. She asked us some interesting questions like whether or not we would be using explosives. We gave her all the contact information and the address of where they would be surveying. As an entire class, we learned what it is like to call the city.

This is the current site in mind for the greenhouse. Featuring: Ms. Goka

This is the current site in mind for the greenhouse. Featuring: Ms. Goka

We learned that green markings means there is a sewage line, blue means there is a water line, red is for electric, orange is for communication, and yellow is for gas. Once the city comes and marks our land then we can begin building. We will start by digging a hole.

I know that the entire engineering class is eager to start building this greenhouse. Once we make our scale model, each group will be assigned a part of the structure to build. Ms. Jo wants the greenhouse to be nearly done before mid-March which is just around the corner. Soon to come are updates on the stages of the greenhouse. We are currently almost ready to begin building.

Thanks for reading,

Chandler

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