By Chase Masters
For my 5th blog I wanted to share some
of my experiences of being an architecture student and how it influences the
way I look at new construction.
Whenever I see some sort of construction going around town I always am interested
in what exactly they are doing, or what materials they are using as well as how
things change the next time I walk by.
If you didn’t know already, the 710 bookstore closed and then was torn
down. There is now a new building
being constructed in its place. It
will be an apartment complex that also has some retail on the first floor. One thing from the construction that
really got my attention was seeing a big crane in downtown Carbondale. They were using this to lift and place
the double T concrete floor panels on top of the concrete first floor
walls. They used different
materials throughout the building.
They used CMU for the walls of the staircases, precast concrete flooring
for the second floor, and they just started using wood for the residential part
of the building. This was very
exciting to see since we are studying building codes for one of our
classes. The restrictions of the
codes and trying to use cost efficient materials and construction methods start
to influence what materials you use in construction. The concrete fits in with the occupancy of the retail with
stricter fire safety. The use of
precast concrete cuts down on cost of labor and thus total cost of the
building. The use of wood for the
residential floors is a cheaper cost of materials, since it is allowable for
the residential occupancy. This
all makes the total cost of a building cheaper, yet fit all of the appropriate
building codes, than using the same material throughout the building.