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.  

Kersey Town Hall + Streetscape

Date: 8/1/18 - 8/1/18
Screen Shot 2019-07-23 at 1.44.38 PM
Location: Kersey, CO


The town of Kersey has a vision to create a vibrant town center along a primary stretch of 1st Street. One of the first projects which they hope to implement includes relocating the town hall and police facilities to the historic Kersey Co-Op Building located at 1st and Trumbull Streets. This adaptive re-imagining of an important landmark in the town will create an anchor to the central business district which has struggled in the past to maintain a cohesive identity and attract businesses and patrons.

Kersey is also seeking designs for a streetscape plan to enhance the pedestrian experience along 1st Street. Together, these projects will transform this struggling corridor into a hub for businesses and a place of pride for local residents. Our work included conceptual designs for both the town hall redesign at the former Co-Op Building and a streetscape plan for 1st Street along four blocks covering the stretch between Trumbull and Hill Streets. We also produced a report which explored new signage for the whole town of Kersey and provided a conceptual master plan for the current Memorial Park.

Field Supervisor: Jennifer Kovarik
CCCD Team: Claire Dalby, Diana Souders, Sofia Bruni, Zhinguang Hu, Dillon McBride, Kendrick Wyman
DOLA Regional Manager:
Don Sandoval
Local Collaborator: 
Christian Morgan, Town Administrator; Jay Cochran, Community Development Director

BIRD Past Research Projects

Kersey Town Hall + Streetscape

Date: 8/1/18 - 8/1/18
Screen Shot 2019-07-23 at 1.44.38 PM
Location: Kersey, CO


The town of Kersey has a vision to create a vibrant town center along a primary stretch of 1st Street. One of the first projects which they hope to implement includes relocating the town hall and police facilities to the historic Kersey Co-Op Building located at 1st and Trumbull Streets. This adaptive re-imagining of an important landmark in the town will create an anchor to the central business district which has struggled in the past to maintain a cohesive identity and attract businesses and patrons.

Kersey is also seeking designs for a streetscape plan to enhance the pedestrian experience along 1st Street. Together, these projects will transform this struggling corridor into a hub for businesses and a place of pride for local residents. Our work included conceptual designs for both the town hall redesign at the former Co-Op Building and a streetscape plan for 1st Street along four blocks covering the stretch between Trumbull and Hill Streets. We also produced a report which explored new signage for the whole town of Kersey and provided a conceptual master plan for the current Memorial Park.

Field Supervisor: Jennifer Kovarik
CCCD Team: Claire Dalby, Diana Souders, Sofia Bruni, Zhinguang Hu, Dillon McBride, Kendrick Wyman
DOLA Regional Manager:
Don Sandoval
Local Collaborator: 
Christian Morgan, Town Administrator; Jay Cochran, Community Development Director