Phase 1: Design, engineer, and build Once Buck had my sketch for the pergola, there were a lot of drawings that would need to be done. The CAD drawings would indicate the angles, the rolling radiuses, and the exact sizes of every piece of steel that would be necessary to fabricate the piece. Buck constructed the pergola full size – down to the last bolt hole – in the computer.
Buck’s crew put the base of the pergola together up side down, to be sure every piece fit together properly. Owen was the lead fabricator on the project, with help from Adam, Riley, Sal, LaBelle, and Buck.
Setting the roof beams was the most difficult part of the job. Each half-beam was 12 feet in diameter, and was incredibly heavy. A support bar made especially to hold these beams, and a loader was necessary to get these pieces to the proper height for bolting on.
The two day installation consumed 110 hours of work on the part of all 6 members of Branch. My clients had the great idea to do a time lapse video of the installation-what a treat this is to watch! If you are interested in watching, click on the link below.