Rammed Earth Wall Section

Construction I | Fall 2015 | Professor Benjamin Ibarra Sevilla

 
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 South elevation of proposed rammed earth addition.

South elevation of proposed rammed earth addition.

Striation

A hand-drafted wall section - pencil on vellum - of a rammed earth wall. Drawn for a construction class, this wall is part of a building design that I proposed in my Badlands Studio project. This is my first measured, hand-drafted drawing. Two foot thick rammed earth walls naturally insulate to allow for passive heating and cooling. Rammed earth in combination with radiant floor heating will sufficiently warm the building during winter months. Rammed earth construction is also a sustainable building practice for this particular area in South Dakota because the clay soil excavated for the foundation could be used in the wall construction. Rammed earth construction has been successful in South Dakota and further north in Canada.

 Floor plan of proposed rehabilitation and addition of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center in Cedar Pass at Badlands National Park. The proposed addition is of rammed earth construction. Pen on vellum.

Floor plan of proposed rehabilitation and addition of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center in Cedar Pass at Badlands National Park. The proposed addition is of rammed earth construction. Pen on vellum.