Outer Tiling has Begun!

Just a littttttttle behind schedule with our dome project, which Tony and Richard are now referring to as ” Peggie’s Bell”. The bell commemorate Peggie Sisson (1922-2015) who was a dance teacher who’s love of music and dancing inspired the bell.

This week we did begin on the outer tile, which we hope to finish in these last few warm November days.

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It’s a new week

With this new week comes the new adventure of applying tiles to the wooden structure! Here are some final photos of what the framework looks like before tiling. None of these wooden components will be part of the final vault structure, but are there to be used as guides when building up the tile. With the framework in place, it is really becoming much easier to comprehend what the final dome will look like.
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Raise the roof! (or maybe just the wooden framework.

The wooden framework is now upright in the grove next to Alumni Memorial. Next week we start to build!
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Our team raises the first center piece.

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We only struggled a little…

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Supporting beams are put into place to temporarily hold the middle piece up

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Additionally arches are put into place. Notches cut from the center frame allow for the additional smaller arches to slide right into place.

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Success!
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All hands on deck

The framework has been built and today is being transported down to the worksite! After a few days of building the framework at mountaintop, we are in the final stages of building preparation. The plywood framework will act as a guide as we build up the tiles to make the final vault structure. Once the frame is in place we will really be able to get the ball rolling.

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A model skeleton of the wooden framework that we will build on.

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Senior Tylor Teel and Sophomore Kianna Lauch love building wooden framework almost as much as they love pour cement.

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Making some final cuts so the pieces fit together.

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Our temporary mountaintop workspace. Unfortunately, the frames were too large to assemble in the lower campus woodshops.

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Junior Lizzy Bridal works hand in hand with Professor Richards Kroeker

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For those of you who are still not entirely sure what we are going for, here is a watercolor image created by visiting professor Richard Kroeker to give you a better idea.

And so it begins

Friday was a big day on the small plot of ground next to the historical Alumni Memorial Hall. The framework for the vault was moved from the workshop in Wilbur across campus and cemented into the holes dug by our truly committed volunteers (you guys rock.)

Today production of the wooden framework begun at Mountaintop, pictures soon to come.

Keep following along as the vault comes together over the next few weeks!

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Moving the framework from the metal shop took a little more manoeuvring  than expected. Good thing we have a team a crafty engineers.

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Attempting to make a gameplay just to get it through the door.

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Kat, queen of all the cement mix.

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and the framework is in!

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and now we just have to secure it…

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The frame rests on the temporary wooden blocks so it will ultimately look as though it is hovering above the ground. We then filled the holes with cement and water to secure the frame.

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Interested in getting involved? Stop by our worksite or contact professor Viscardi

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Isn’t cement just so much fun?

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slowly, but surely the progress is being made on this Vault.

Hello Lehigh!

Though as a University we are celebrating Lehigh’s sesquicentennial by looking back on 150 years of people, events, breakthroughs, and traditions that have made Lehigh was it is today, a small group of students led by Professor Anthony Viscardi as well as visiting Professor Richard Kroeker are already looking to build the Lehigh of tomorrow through experimenting with Guastavino vaulting within Lehigh’s very own campus.

A little less than a week ago student’s captured the essence of the vault on film in preparation for setting the framework of the structure.

Construction for the vault has already begun with the drilling of holes on Lehigh’s green space mere meters from our historical Alumni Hall, on the corner of Brodhead & Packer.

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