28 Sep 2013
September 28, 2013

Week 1 Construction in Irvine, CA!

This past week, the Stevens Team has made their way to Irvine, California, where they have begun construction for Ecohabit on Monday, September 23. The team was ecstatic to start the operation, but it did come with a few hiccups along the way.

Ecohabit was disassembled into two modules at the beginning of September in Hoboken. Due to the limited space at that our on-campus construction site, one of the modules had to be put on the truck turned 180 degrees in the wrong direction. This would make assembly difficult and the team had to find a way to switch it back before the competition. Word about the flipped module got to the truck drivers while on the road. Stopping in the middle of the desert, the drivers took it upon themselves to remedy the situation and flip it.

As it turns out, they flipped the wrong module and both modules were in the wrong orientation. Fortunately, we were able to flip both modules first thing Monday morning and by late afternoon, we had both modules down and connected.

Other teams have had their issues too. Several teams had trouble crossing from the state border of Arizona whose security would not let their heavy loads pass through. Fortunately, after a few days, all homes have successfully made their way to the Ocean County Great Park.

Other accomplishments and tasks of Week 1 include attaching the roof and installing solar shingles along with putting up the rainscreen facade. In the next few days, Ecohabit will also have its green roof and wall installed for the first time.

We have also had a lot of fun while we’re out here. After all: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!” Some highlights of the trip so far include eating a late night dinner at a children’s pizza arcade, meeting the eclectic and eccentric locals of Venice Beach, and failing to finish a dinner of seven thick crust pizzas. (The waitress suggested five, which we thought was ludicrous.)

We invite you to join us in Irvine, California at the Orange County Great Park for our public exhibit phase from October 3-13. Or, if you can’t make the long haul, keep following our progress on Facebook and Twitter.

-Zak