by Madison V. Fisler
March 5, 2014. With less than two months until the structure ships to France to compete in Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, the Appalachian State Solar Decathlon Team, Team Reciprocite, started assembling the structure of their unique design this morning at 8 a.m.
Getting an early start, many members of the team were present with the crane crew to assemble their solar structure design for testing before it ships out May 1.
The idea for the “Maison Reciprocity” is a multiple story structure, where one story would house commercial property, one would hold habitable spaces, and flex and greenspace would be included at the top.
Constructed at the Solar Decathlon Headquarters here in Boone, the structure will be built, tested, disassembled, packaged and shipped all the way to Europe, where a team of 30 will rebuild the entire structure in just ten days. With limited time, manpower and resources, the team will put their structure back together in order to be judged and critiqued during the competition.
“All of this has to fit in 40-foot shipping containers on a boat,” said Mark Bridges, communications manager for Team Reciprocite.
More information on Team Reciprocite’s progress will be updated as new information becomes available.
Check out the Team Reciprocite 2014 Facebook page here.
For more information, check out the previous articles that follow the team’s progress since the beginning.
Check out the photos of the assembly this morning.
Photos by Madison V. Fisler