BIRD Current Research Projects

Overview

The building blocks of prosthetics come in many materials, shapes, and sizes. To create lightweight yet sturdy prosthetics, we explore 3D printing in plastic, carbon fiber, steel, and titanium. In addition, we investigate different methods of actuation such as miniature 3D printed gearboxes for fingers and twisted coil polymers. While some of these parts may look like something out of Star Wars, these are more than just computer-generated images. These prosthetics are real and they work for real people.  

Community within a school opportunity study

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Carrie Briscoe, Community within a School

Community Within a School: An Redevelopment Opportunity Study
Student Researcher:
 Carrie Briscoe

Link to Capstone Poster      
Link to Executive Summary 

Saddled with crumbling facilities and escalating operating costs on an already-constrained budget, the client, Space Inc, and the Clear Creek School District seek to understand if a vacant school can regain its position as a community hub that fills the gaps in unmet community needs through an adaptive reuse project. The “Community within a School” concept infers there is an opportunity for the Idaho Springs community as well as the school district to realize broader community goals and objectives within this existing building and site. A primary objective for this project is predicated on creating access to services that contribute to and foster a vibrant and self-sufficient rural community. Through this redevelopment opportunity study, the client can glean best practices for adaptive reuse and see how other communities have reimagined old school buildings; learn the community's top needs; and, receive recommendations for how the building and site can be reprogrammed to start meeting those needs.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Community within a school opportunity study

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Carrie Briscoe, Community within a School

Community Within a School: An Redevelopment Opportunity Study
Student Researcher:
 Carrie Briscoe

Link to Capstone Poster      
Link to Executive Summary 

Saddled with crumbling facilities and escalating operating costs on an already-constrained budget, the client, Space Inc, and the Clear Creek School District seek to understand if a vacant school can regain its position as a community hub that fills the gaps in unmet community needs through an adaptive reuse project. The “Community within a School” concept infers there is an opportunity for the Idaho Springs community as well as the school district to realize broader community goals and objectives within this existing building and site. A primary objective for this project is predicated on creating access to services that contribute to and foster a vibrant and self-sufficient rural community. Through this redevelopment opportunity study, the client can glean best practices for adaptive reuse and see how other communities have reimagined old school buildings; learn the community's top needs; and, receive recommendations for how the building and site can be reprogrammed to start meeting those needs.