Group 3 Midterm (Ashley Miller, Amanda Stanton, Grayson Wright, and Kristian Walker)

Group 3’s project revolves around the qualities and characteristics that stood out to us with a Japanese fan:

  1. Lightness
  2. Array
  3. Structure – Wood Members with a Light Skin Between the Structure

The project is located in Amazon Park, Eugene, Oregon. The surrounding neighborhood provides a wide range of community activities and involvement with the site. These activities range from stores and local shops, schools (elementary to high school and the University of Oregon a few minutes North), a dog park, a skate park, a system of trails, a major transit bus stop, and a couple local YMCA’s/community centers (Hilyard Community Center and Amazon Community Center). The project’s program focuses on providing a nomadic stage that can be used for the local theater groups as well as an open mic setting for the community to conduct music, speeches, and smaller theatrical acts.

As a group we explore multiple methods but focused mainly on a 4 anchor point shell. This shell was explored through different methodologies that looked at a GLT structural arches (glulam) with lap joints, GLT structural arches with steel connections and steel cross bracing, and a modular unit that is repeated to create a shell. Through exploration of structural grasshopper models, Group 3 took forward a design focused on an LVL I-beam system with CNC routed cutouts of the I-beam webbing and a standard truss system for the overall canopy. The stage mimicked this design with a truss system that supports a two tiered stage that bases its design on a classical stage (front stage, back stage).

The overall structure of the canopy operates on a layered system of construction once at the site of Amazon Park in Eugene, Oregon. The primary arches are first assembled with secondary arches spanning across the main space of the structure to support the overall, lightweight canopy. Cross-bracing is utilized between these secondary arches to stabilize the whole structural system. A major goal for use was to consider the experience of the audience – allowing the stage and the seating to be moveable and repositioned to have the audience inside the canopy structure or outside based on the event, weather, and locations as the structure becomes more nomadic.

Moving Forward:

  • Restate our original goals and how we intend to keep with them.
  • Construction – Deconstruction and Reconstruction as well as Shipment Investigation
  • How the stage and the canopy can affect the sound experience.
  • Similar language with the canopy and the stage – How do they speak with each other
  • Exploring more off the shelf solutions versus more customized solutions – Due to expenses and ease of constructability

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