What is going on in the Laser Lab?

What is going on in the Laser Lab?
By Delia Gott, B.Arch Candidate

As some of you might be aware, the BAC has recently purchased a Laser Cutter and a CNC Router, bringing new and exciting digital fabrication opportunities. In order to highlight these recent developments at our school, Atelier has sponsored a design‐build competition over the summer break, with the scope of a much needed face lift to the laser lab.

Five teams expressed interested in this opportunity and the judges were impressed by the thinking and the representation in each submission. The winning team design was chosen by a jury comprised of Karen Nelson, Art Byers, Tim Ogawa, Diego Matho, Jason Courtemanche, Amir Banihashem, and Marcus Hamblin. The selected team (Scott Hagen, Delia Gott and Sean Carey) was commended for the specific design concept, as well as the aesthetic, lighting, and acoustical damping potential of the interior treatment of the room.

During the last week of summer vacation, the team met with Kyle Sturgeon, Director of Advanced Architecture Studios in order to plan the ‘build’ phase. The first meeting took place on Tuesday, August 21st, and consisted of coordination between the Facilities Department, IT department and the build team.

The demolition work started on Saturday, August 25th. The storage shelf, accessories and signage had to be removed in order to accommodate the proposed design. Under Kyle’s supervision and guidance (Kyle is also a licensed contractor) the team prepared the space for painting.

On Sunday, August 26th, the space was primed and painted – the dark ceiling will bring the focus to the laser cutters and the art installation.

In the upcoming weeks you are likely to see wall strapping, work surfaces and the custom designed panels being installed. Efforts are being made in order to streamline the process, and have a minimum interference with the laser lab availability, as well as interference with the adjacent classrooms schedules.

To see photos of the Laser Lab Rehab, click here.