University of Virginia Capitals: January Progress

Since we moved from concept to execution at the end of 2015, we have machined and finished hundreds of components for this project, which has involved producing 40 historically-accurate reproduction composite Corinthian capitals for the Dome Room of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. After a year-long design and planning phase beginning at the end of 2014, we moved into the machining phase in the fall of 2015.

We are also excited to have hired four new employees in the fall!  We couldn't be doing what we are doing without Clark, Trey, Kaytee and Aidan working so hard every day. The organization and skills they are bringing to the project have been crucial to its success, and they are great team players. 

We have recently completed 10 complete capitals, and are on track to deliver the entire package in time for UVA's graduation in the spring of 2016. Click through the gallery to see more about our work.

University of Virginia Capitals: October Progress

We have been incredibly busy with this project, so there is a lot to share. Click through the gallery and hover over the images for text that explains our work on the capitals for University of Virginia's Rotunda Dome Room.

University of Virginia Capitals: May Progress Update

When we shared our last update in March, we were still refining the final design and details of the different components of the capital. Since then, we have received approval of the sculpted model, and have had the capital and its parts digitally scanned. Click through the gallery to see how we are translating the digital scans into solid models that will help us machine the parts for 40 Corinthian capitals.

Case Study: The Lotus Bridge at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden worked with Hourigan Construction and landscape architects Higgins & Gerstenmaier to design The Lotus Bridge,  a pedestrian walkway that connects several key garden areas. Tektonics was asked to design and develop the posts and railings for the bridge, which needed to accommodate specialized lighting. Click through the gallery to see photos of the installation process.

Case Study: Monumental Globe Sculpture for The Carole Weinstein International Center

When our client the University of Richmond began plans to build The Carole Weinstein International Center, they wanted a monumental globe sculpture to be a central feature of the building designed by Glavé & Holmes.  Tektonics was first commissioned to do the globe design, based on static versions the planners had seen elsewhere.  Tektonics was then hired to build a fully kinetic six-foot diameter steel and bronze  globe, which can spin on its own axis.  Click through the gallery for images that show how we managed this project.

University of Virginia Capitals: March Progress Update

Our work continues on the capitals--after making some changes in the substructure, we are developing and refining the ornamental details. Click through the gallery for photos of our process thus far.

Case Study: Design & Fabrication of Stone Display System

Our clients at Luck Stone needed a specialized and very sturdy display system to showcase stone samples at several of their Luck Stone Centers, including the showroom in nearby Manakin, Virginia. The racks needed to be strong enough to hold dozens of stone samples, and also light enough to swing freely and turn as people looked at the varieties of stone. Above all, the client did not want the system to be distracting-- the idea was to allow their clients to focus as much as possible on the stone itself. Click through the gallery to learn more about how Tektonics developed, designed, and manufactured a finished product for Luck Stone.

Case Study: Monumental Stair Construction for Reynolds Crossing

Architect: Odell // Contractor: Kjellstrom & Lee

The client for this project, Reynolds Corporation, expanded their corporate campus in Richmond's West End, and the new building featured a monumental stair in the atrium.         The schematic design concept called for a cantilevered metal stair, supporting a glass guardrail with stainless steel handrail.  Tektonics designed and engineered the system and managed the construction details.

University of Virginia Capitals: February Progress Update

In our work on the Dome Room Capitals for the University of Virginia's Rotunda Building, we have committed to an iterative exploration of design, materials and processes. Click through the gallery to see our progress so far.

Case Study: Tool & Foundry Pattern for Sidewalk Vault Panel

One of the many things we do is to design and manufacture patterns for O.K. Foundry, a family-run architectural and industrial sand-casting foundry here in Richmond. The foundry's clients need castings of all kinds, including reproduction castings of historic architectural elements.

In the gallery, we show you a tool that we designed and built to install a key feature in one particular pattern design, inspired by a historic casting.

Prototyping and Product Development for Loco Machine's Titanium Components

Working with Loco Machine, we are developing a line of titanium bicycle parts including headtubes, dropouts, bottom brackets and brake bridges. Using Siemens NX9 software and Haas CNC centers, we've integrated our own problem-solving capability to come up with advanced solutions. The photo gallery illustrates different approaches to machining two titanium Loco Machine parts, the X-12 Thru-Axle Dropout and the Hooded Horizontal Dropout.

University of Virginia Capitals

We recently started work on our Capitals project for the University of Virginia. The University is restoring the Dome Room of Jefferson's Rotunda, and wants to accurately reproduce the original colonnade of Corinthian Composite Capitals.  The original Dome Room was destroyed in a catastrophic fire in 1895, and sadly most of the original documentation burned (The Rotunda was the University's library). Our only direct visual source material of the original capitals are some photographs from glass-plate negatives, enlargements of which you can see in the background.  There will be 40 capitals in total, and we will be machining them using our NX software and advanced manufacturing capability. But first, we need to design the prototype, and for that we got old-school and are working in clay.

We've got a lot of work to do!