The work on AIR House goes on

Pavel Nechanicky, Tomas Durdis, Matin Cenek dressed in rain coats measuring

Aerial view of the AIR House building site,  Prague castle silhouette in the background. The building site features concrete panels and covered wooden elements

Aerial view of the AIR House building site,  Prague castle silhouette in the background. The building site features wooden technology box, floor and some erased wall elements.

08/07/2013 - The sixth construction week crosschecked our equipment for work in heavy rain, and by the end of it, the carcass was finished. We are still learning, we are improving the organization of construction work in order for us to be a synchronized team in California.

We began work at a half-empty space in company of tarpaulin-covered wooden components. We hoped they would withstand the heavy rains that were supposed to come to the Czech Republic by the beginning of the week. Monday, together with the geodesists from the CTU Faculty of Engineering we staked out the bases’ positions. Tuesday, by means of a crane, we settled the weight bearing steel frames supplied by company AUGUR. It rained heavily the whole day and the yellow raincoats look very good on the photos.

Then came the settling of two floor panels and wooden boxes made of CLT panels that form the framework of the AIR House living and storage areas, which we had been assembling in the assembly shops of Dřevostavby Biskup two weeks ago. The settling of the lintel, which will be above the fenestrated wall, and roofing followed. We managed all this work thanks to Ing. Jiruška from Dřevostavby Biskup. He did not hesitate to spend several days at the construction site with us, even though he has a prosperous company to run. Although all students work vigorously, the whole construction would not be possible without people such as Ing. Jiruška.

Work in front of the Faculty continued during the weekend, when we installed wood fiber Steico thermal insulation panels onto the CLT framework. The Steico panels had been assembled for the AIR House by Vesper Frames. We also smoothed and painted the weight bearing laminated timber girders that will carry the pergola – the second skin of the AIR House. Its assembly will be the main program of the next few workdays.