Campus Farm Strawbale (2018)
I was able to be a student leader, along with four other students returning from the UMBS Stawbale Build. The building differed a lot from the one at the BioStation. The design of the building itself change and was larger at 600 square feet. Also, this buildings carbon footprint was even lower than the one at the biostation,as it still is using more sustainable building materials, is off the grid, and solar powered, but instead of a poured concrete floor, the building has an earthen floor, which is another form of adobe that is sealed with linseed oil and wax. This building is much closer to Main Campus and will have more foot traffic, as it is partnered with both the Campus Farm and M-Dining to host farm to table dining events. I was the student photographer for this years build as well, and also designed the logo, patch, signs, and inner and outer truth windows for the building. Truth windows are a part of most strawbale buildings where part of the wall is not covered in adobe, and covered in glass, so that people can see the truth behind the walls, and that it is actually straw. The truth window inside the building in above the center door and in framed by a ring of wood that I CNC milled the middle out of. The outdoor truth window I designed to show every layer of the wall, starting with the open straw, followed by each layer of adobe. This will allow visitors to learn about the making of the building when the building is empty and locked. Because the team was smaller and the building was bigger, we did not finish it in the month of May, but will be finished and having a Grand Opening in September 2018, coinciding with the Ann Arbor Harvest Festival.
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