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Architecture Students Design and Build a Modern Prefab Fieldhouse

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A class at Virginia Tech empowers future architects to build a prefab baseball fieldhouse from start to finish.

“For us, the most important thing is that a single group of students sees a project from beginning to fruition.” Virginia Tech architecture professors Keith and Marie Zawistowski met while working at the Rural Studio, the famed community architecture program at Auburn University, so it makes sense that when they became teachers themselves, their students would get the chance to engage in hands-on learning. The Sharon Fieldhouse, a minimalist structure set against the Appalachian highlands in Clifton Forge, Virginia, was the result of design/buildLAB, their prefab building class, which empowers students to engage with the community, create a design by consensus, and build a structure, all within a year. Dwell spoke with the Zawistowskis and student Ryan Myers about the class, building for the community, and planning for foul balls.

The student-designed Sharon Fieldhouse opened last June after a year of concepting, community planning, and...
The students worked within an $118,000 budget to construct the 2,000-square-foot fieldhouse.
Organized east to west, the steel screen varies in density and supports an angled roof, providing shade without...
During game day, the varying width and spacing for the steel frames creates a spectrum of shadows that fan out across...
At one point, the student architects considered including a translucent glass façade, but budget realities and foul...
Myers says the community had a positive reaction to the project and provided feedback during the entire process, from...
"As a student, to see how much effort goes into taking a project from drawings on a piece of paper to something made of...
The current class at Virginia Tech will further develop the master plan for the site, which includes adding a press box...
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