so the 2007 UT SolarD team has been hard at work on the National Mall the past few weeks, and today inched up to the #5 slot! i’m super psyched for them – they’ve put a huge amount of hard work into the project, and they deserve to do well. hopefully they’ll be able to push up another slot, though they’re behind GA Tech by about 20 points, which will be pretty hard to make up. the #1 and #2 slots are held by Univ. of Maryland and the German team, Technische Universitat Darmstadt, and are up by too many points to catch. the German house is really beautiful and elegant – bringing that European architectural and engineering prowess to US shores.
yesterday we completed Addendum#2 on our rushed project, a school of engineering for a university in N. Texas. Cindy’s been ready to strangle me b/c i’ve been working late and weekends, not having much time to spend w/ her during the last few weeks of pregnancy. i’ve also had to finish painting the baseboards before they get installed tomorrow. so it was w/ great relief that i left the office yesterday at 5:30p – that’s right! not 3a! it was amazing. i went home, bought some more baseboards and mini-rollers, painted a bit, and went to bed by 11p – it was incredible.now i’m working at home, spiffing up a sketchup model of the project that the university will be able to use for fundraising. there’s a bunch still to do, but i’ve been divying up the day between work and painting baseboards. those should be ready to get a final coat in a few minutes, actually.tomorrow i move on to my next project – an infill/renovation for UT School of Nursing. it’s been in schematic design for a little over a month, on and off. it’s looking pretty nice, i’m looking forward to getting into something a bit smaller in scope and not as rushed. it also helps that we’re building new structure instead of living w/in the confines of a building’s earlier structure, which had been a bit confusing on the engineering project.my little baby’s on the way – we’re just over 2 weeks from her due date! i’m so excited that it’s hard to focus on much of anything, but it helps a lot that this deadline is finally over. now i can focus on cindy, the house, and work in a much more balanced manner.