It was an exciting day on site today – today marked the final day of the project! The students worked hard over the past weeks, putting in long hours and days, to finish in time. Luckily, the students finished 5 days ahead of schedule and now have a bit of time to enjoy the new gathering space with the community.
But to get to the point of completion today, the students had a busy day working on the final details of the project – landscaping, finishing off the fire pit, and giving the whole structure one final coat of oil.
The landscaping material selected for the gathering space is a Fleurieu dolomite, which is both a local material and the material that used on the pathway network throughout the village. It was for these two reasons, as well as its durability over time, that the students selected the dolomite as the material of choice for the landscaping.
And after lifting the fire pit into its final position at the center of the new gathering space, the students completed it with a layering of rocks and stones in between the two rusted steel rings. The rocks consist of a series of larger stones, a medium aggregate, and a finishing topping of multi-colored Tooperang river stones local to the area.Tooperang stones are an ancient river pebble and come from a sand quarry between Mount Compass and Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The fire pit turned out beautifully, and will definitely be a central feature of the new space!
And as a last measure of detail, the students applied a final coat of water-based decking oil to the structure to ensure adequate protection over the coming months and years. The oil will have to be reapplied regularly over the course of the structure’s lifetime, but for now it is protected and ready to be passed over to the community.
The final day of construction is always a bittersweet one, filled with overwhelming elation to finish the project but also a little bit of natural sadness at knowing the project has come to an end – that must be a good sign of a positive project outcome! Whatever the case, the students are proud of their accomplishment and are looking forward to handing over the project to the community. The students will be assessed on their work on Monday, March 31st, 2014, and afterwards there will be a celebration with the village community. Everyone is welcome!
The Fleurieu dolomite arrives on site
Shoveling in the stones for the fire pit
Filling the fire pit with stones
Hannah removes the stake that is at the center of everything!
The completed project
The completed project – looking inside
The completed project – blending into the landscape
The completed project against the sky at sunset