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.  

Keenesburg Community Center

Date: 8/1/18 - 8/1/18
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Location: Keenesburg, CO


Located in the Greeley metro area in Weld County, Colorado, Keenesburg is a charming community with a rich history in farming, ranching, and railroads. The Keenesburg school was constructed in 1927 and educated the students of the community for 75 years. It expanded many times over the years with population growth, and in the 1950s additional buildings were placed around the original red brick structure to accommodate more students. The school was decommissioned in 2002 and has since fallen somewhat into disrepair, being used primarily for storage by the Weld Co. school district.

The objectives of this project was to evaluate how the historic school building could best be adapted for new uses. Community members prioritized the following goals: provide new gathering spaces, celebrate the character of the building through adaptive-reuse, and reinforce a sense of place and identity by revitalizing a historic structure. The full scope of the project included public engagement and feedback, site analysis, precedent studies, conceptual plans, preliminary and final designs.


Field Supervisor: Jennifer Kovarik CCCD Team Members: Kate Farrington, Areti Athanasopoulos, Cherryl Agosto, Taylor Chesnovar, Eric Schankerman Local Collaborator: Debra Chumley, Town Manager DOLA Regional Manager: Don Sandoval
Keenesburg School aerial photoKeenesburg School meetingKeenesburg School site plan

BIRD Past Research Projects

Keenesburg Community Center

Date: 8/1/18 - 8/1/18
Screen Shot 2019-07-23 at 2.05.53 PM
Location: Keenesburg, CO


Located in the Greeley metro area in Weld County, Colorado, Keenesburg is a charming community with a rich history in farming, ranching, and railroads. The Keenesburg school was constructed in 1927 and educated the students of the community for 75 years. It expanded many times over the years with population growth, and in the 1950s additional buildings were placed around the original red brick structure to accommodate more students. The school was decommissioned in 2002 and has since fallen somewhat into disrepair, being used primarily for storage by the Weld Co. school district.

The objectives of this project was to evaluate how the historic school building could best be adapted for new uses. Community members prioritized the following goals: provide new gathering spaces, celebrate the character of the building through adaptive-reuse, and reinforce a sense of place and identity by revitalizing a historic structure. The full scope of the project included public engagement and feedback, site analysis, precedent studies, conceptual plans, preliminary and final designs.


Field Supervisor: Jennifer Kovarik CCCD Team Members: Kate Farrington, Areti Athanasopoulos, Cherryl Agosto, Taylor Chesnovar, Eric Schankerman Local Collaborator: Debra Chumley, Town Manager DOLA Regional Manager: Don Sandoval
Keenesburg School aerial photoKeenesburg School meetingKeenesburg School site plan