Fall 2016 | 2 Month Long Project | Completed in a group of 6
Our task for this assignment was to design and construct a small portable greenhouse that could fit over a 10'x3' concrete planting box. We were supplied with metal conduit and heat-shrink plastic, and using these materials, along with basic hardware, such as screws, bolts, and washers, we successfully built our prototype and installed it on the roof of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.
My team's greenhouse featured a double layer design. This allowed for heat to get trapped between the two layers causing condensation to form on the interior. It also gives the plants more protection from snow that could pile up on the outer layer. The convention center sits right on the Allegheny River, so the roof gets a lot of wind. We gave our hoop house a very rounded design, in order for it to be more aerodynamic. This also allows for rainwater to run off the greenhouse more easily.