Located just a few blocks from campus, the College of Architecture Creating_Making Lab is a 5000+ sqft lab for students, faculty and staff in the college. In addition to the three bays of wood working area, the lab also has a metal shop, laser cutters, plastics room, paint booth, lecture area and photo documentation room. Users are required to go through two levels of safety training before they can use all of the lab.
University of Oklahoma
College of Architecture Model Shop
1425 George Ave
Norman, OK 73072
OKC Memorial Marathon Model
Students and Faculty working with the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial Museum and Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon created a topographical model of the marathon route. Landscape Architecture students are using the project to try and increase awareness and participation in the Memorial Marathon that is held each year, in April. Watch the video below to see the design, creation and finished project.
Creating_Making Lab Technology
The Creating_Making Lab continues to grow beyond traditional woodworking towards the future with technology and sustainability. The lab has a large laser cutter which allow users to cut and engrave materials up to a 1/2” thick on a 24” x 48” bed from their CAD drawings. Recently the college purchased a second CNC Router-ShopSabre 4814 60ʺ x 120ʺ, 5HP HSD Auto Tool Changer with 5 Positions. In addition there are 12 3D printers: 1-Formlab Form 2, 1-MakerBot Replicater and 10-PrintrBot simple metal printers. The dust collector for the lab is controlled by Ecogate, a computerized dust control system which automatically activates the collector when a user turns on any machine. This greatly reduces noise and dust pollution, providing a much safer work environment. The Creating_Making Lab also offers its users locally harvested woods that are processed by the shop's sawmill and solar kiln. A variety of straight-grain and figured walnut, pecan, sycamore, oak, maple, cedar and osage orange are available for students, faculty and staff for various departmental projects.
The Creating_Making Lab is committed to safety and proper use of the equipment. All users must have scheduled training on all machinery before they can be given permission to use any. Level 1 training covers lab basics as well as proper use of the matte cutter, panel saw, miter saw, band saw, belt and disc sanders, drill press, mortising machine and hand held power tools. Level 2 training covers proper use of the table saw, joiner, planer and surface sander. Laser training teaches file setup and user interface. Metal shop, wood lathe and CNC router training are scheduled on an as-needed basis.
Creating_Making Lab Manager
Hunter Roth was born in New Orleans and raised mostly in Baton Rouge where he earned his BFA from Louisiana State University. He was hired shortly after graduating to manage the Design Shop, a wood shop lab for the College of Art & Design at LSU where he also instructed furniture design classes. In January of 2011, Roth was hired to manage the Creating_Making Lab for the College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma and teach furniture design. He is multi-talented artist: a painter, drawer, sculptor, printmaker, furniture maker, digital fabricator and musician.
For more information about the College of Architecture Creating-Making Lab or training, contact shop manager Garrett Stowe at email@example.com.