Dana C. Walker
Instructor-initiated and department-approved systematic study and offering of specialized subject matter. Topics vary and are announced in preceding quarter.
UW CAUP COPC: Community Futures Demonstration Program: 2005-2007: A Community Partnership with the Yakama Nation Affordable Housing and Community Development in the Yakima Valley CAUP COPC Faculty: Michael Pyatok, Professor/Principal Investigator; Dana Walker, Lecturer/Project Manager; Steve Badanes, Professor/Design +Build Consultant; Lynne Manzo, PHD, Assistant Professor/Primary Research; Frank Mestemacher, Lecturer/Construction Manager; Jerry Finrow, Professor; CAUP Dean Emeritus/Design Coordination
YAKAMA NATION DESIGN + BUILD PROGRAM: SUMMER 2007: ARCH 498 Tectonic Systems Workshop (4 Credit ARCH Systems Workshop Seminar—0ptional ARCH 4 Credit Grad Seminar) T.S. Workshop Seminar Instructors: Dana Walker & Frank Mestemacher Program Advisors: Professors Michael Pyatok, Steve Badanes, & Jerry Finrow
Our grant program is designed to assist diverse low income Farmworker, Hispanic, and Native American communities of the Yakima Valley working in cooperative partnerships with local organizations to improve their neighborhoods and the quality of their housing. This hands-on design+ build program is intended to generate innovative, sustainable, and affordable designs and construction technology, systems, and strategies towards the development of community and housing prototypes. This is part of the HUD Office of University Partnerships grant under their Community Futures Demonstration Program awarded to the College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the UW Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC). This year we continue our work a cross-cultural educational exchange and alliance with the Yakama Nation Housing Authority Development and Construction and Trade Apprenticeship Program in the vibrant context of Toppenish, the thriving urban hub of the Yakama Nation.
As an extension of our ongoing work with the Yakama Nation that began almost two years ago, this summer we will continue to facilitate the demonstration of our collaborative design for the Shix Neet (Good Homes) Community Master Plan and prototype houses through an interdisciplinary action research and outreach program. This cycle began with the Primary Research component and continued with a community based participatory collaborative Design Studio, a Design+ Build Prep Seminar, and a summer Design + Build Studio + Systems Workshop Program. Upon completion a Case Study of all of our collaborative work will be published by the UW CAUP for submittal to the YNHA and HUD in WA D.C.
The Yakama Tectonic Systems Workshop Team will immediately begin prep work the first week of summer quarter at both the UW and the SCCC Wood Construction Campus in Seattle. The summer will include five two day work-weekends on-site. Our on site work will be assisted by the YNHA instructors and students, previous program participants, visiting UW and community volunteers. The first two weeks will focus on preparatory carpentry core and site safety instruction at the SCCC Wood Construction Campus. While the basic construction documents are complete, detailed design and documentation remains. Our design has been extensively modeled to maximize an array of sustainable stratagems & systems that fit so strategically with native traditions. To accomplish our program objectives each student will continue the development and demonstration of an individual detail design project. These will be presented to the YNHA and UW team, and the student will then be expected to help direct the team through their project’s execution on site. Our Construction Administration (CA) student work will focus on construction tectonic and finish systems detail work that may include: site work with heavy equipment for grading, flatwork, utilities; concrete forms & placement; rough framing, pluming, mechanical, electrical; building envelope systems; and exterior and interior carpentry and finishes; landscape & irrigation; as well as the integration of native tradition and culture, arts including performance arts.
Students will be responsible for their basic carpenter’s tools; job site attire; overnight camping gear (no food prep), etc. Students will work will be done alternatively weekdays and/or weekends as follows: weekdays in Seattle will be scheduled for Wednesday evenings at the UW &/or Fridays at SCCC WCC. Every other weekend we will travel (via UW vans as provided or student transportation on own) to the YNHA campus/site for intensive two-day build sessions (Fri. pm. - Sat. pm).
The student attendance schedule is flexible and each student is allowed one wild card (drop) weekend. Our schedule provides an array of scheduling opportunities that is amendable to each individual. However, each student must submit their proposed schedule for approval towards their completion of workshop responsibilities and hours of participation.
The summer program includes many cross-cultural activities, fairs, Pow Wow’s, tours, etc., to further engage us in the tribal culture, native ceremonies, and enriching agricultural/viticulture community. The final weekend we will gather to celebrate our partnership accomplishments and join in the Yakama Nation Gathering of Nations (POW WOW), hold our program roundtable discussion and evaluation, and conclude with an afternoon of tubing down the Yakima River. All student participants may be called upon for future exhibition and presentation of their work and experience. We are planning on camping out in our housing units, and having meals, bathing facilities (being built by the SCCC WCC), restrooms, shade/hoses, and snacks/refreshments will be provided on site.
The entire UW team working in harmony with the YNHA instructors, crew, and apprentices will share in learning, participation, and observation of various phases of construction. The YNHA team leads the construction management process as developer/general contractor/owner, however, it is assumed that the dedicated efforts of our UW team will equitably meet or exceed their efforts towards the collaborative completion of our program; and all UW team members will strive to accomplish the established goals of our alliance. Working with the YNHA as our client, owner, contractor, the UW team will take the lead on design/construction documents; research materials/systems; and help with cost estimates, materials availability, and outsourcing/resourcing the construction costs and program expenses; within the available resources and in conformance with the approved collaborative budget and scheduling objectives.
Our UW campus classroom will serve as the satellite office. Both the UW and SCCC WCC campuses will accommodate the need for off-site planning, research, development and completion of student’s projects, and preparation for the forthcoming build sessions. Students will be expected to maintain current construction documents, schedule, and budget, and to document all of their work, and reflect and record pertinent information in journals throughout the program. All documentation and records will serve to provide the means for our final analysis, and each student is required to submit both electronic and hard copies of all work to be used in the HUD Case Study Evaluation, Documentation, and Reporting, as well as the future use by UW and YNHA.
Our program sponsors include US Department of HUD, Yakama Nation Housing Authority, NW Energy Efficiency Alliance funding Ecotope Engineers and Better Bricks Daylighting Design Lab, Swenson Say Faget Engineers, UW CAUP Minigan Family Endowed Award, Seattle Central Community College Wood Construction Center, Mabton and Wapato School Districts, Yakima County Development Services Center with many other community donors and support.
The students will be charged a Program Fee for costs associated with transportation, facilities rental; utilities; hard hat (to keep); tools and equipment fee (for damage/replacement), all food and refreshments on site, activity fees and costs of meals if included in activity. This is estimated to be around $ 500.00 (a bargain, great and abundant food).
M.ARCH STUDENTS: This four credit workshop may be taken as a graduate seminar with the completion of the required presentation with additional written documentation.
This program is open to all UW CAUP students. UW students in other majors and visiting students are welcome to participate upon approval. We strongly promote a multi-discipline collaboration, and we encourage all UW or visiting students to participate. For add codes, information, or non-major approvals please call Dana Walker at (206) 543-8770, or email at email@example.com.
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