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Hummingbird: Stress-Skin
Panels, Part 2: Going Up

At left, the House on Hummingbird Hill under construction, at right, a power room with a glass roof Picture of Larry Weingarten with a small stress-skin panel. Picture is also a link to a slideshow

This sequence gives a good idea of what stress-skin panels look like as the building is constructed. Cross beams are needed to hold floor or ceiling panels, and interior framing holds plasterboard, plumbing, electrical systems and doors, but there is no external frame.

Many of the panels, like the one at top, are small, but there were several that were very large and unwieldy -- up to 8 by 16 1/2 feet -- and required several people and some finesse to place.

After Going Up, comes, at last, Completion.

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