A short post about the wooden clubhouse my buddy Elena (left) and I lead for this year's EC REX! (Elena's in charge; I was first mate :P )
Our goal was to make a small (smol!) hangout space alongside the larger East Campus Fort, to which we connected our structure with a rope bridge!
|hangout space getting love during the East Side Party kickoff event|
|Our structure (left), attached to the larger fort project (right)|
We (along with fort team!) submitted design drawings and structural calculations to a PE and architecture firm to get their stamps for the temporary structure, and also got stamps from Cambridge Fire Dept.
Construction started with digging holes and adding gravel for foundation cinderblocks. We spent a long time setting up a level surface that compensated for the uneven dirt ground. Even more time was spent moving the foundation locations around to avoid all the tree roots!
|This took a night, then half another day to fix my mistakes|
|Put up the central tower by Day 2|
|Three towers up!|
|By the end of Day 3 we had floors on the entire second storey.|
|Starting on the tower again|
|Adding joists to the third floor.|
The rope ladder was our access point for the second floor, and was attached to the spandrel via eyebolts and to the ground via anchors. The anchors get driven 2 feet into the ground, then a load pulling on the steel cable wedges the anchors at an angle.
|Had to soak the ground to drive in ground anchors. These will be impossible to move.|
Most of my time was spent working on rope ladders and bridges, and by the time I finished Elena had completed the rest of the clubhouse around me! The REX Chairs ordered a bunch of beanbags to make the hangout space cozier.
|Note how we don't actually touch the tree. Trees in the courtyard are historic and we aren't allowed to hurt them!|
|Art thanking our sponsors! East Campus and Clubhouse team are really happy we had such talented artists joining in|