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.  

Templates for affordable housing

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Caitlin Jacobshagen, Landscape/Architecture Templates for Affordable Housing

Landscape, Architecture, and Parking Templates for Affordable and Accessible Housing
Student Researcher:
 Caitlin Jacobshagen

Link to Capstone Poster      
Link to Executive Summary 

The City of Pueblo’s Community Commission on Housing and Homelessness (CCHH) has found that it is more difficult for developers to build affordable and accessible housing within the City of Pueblo due to local code requirements that increase development costs. This capstone project focused on reducing development costs in the City of Pueblo in order to encourage the development of affordable and accessible housing by completing three objectives. The first was to explore the feasibility and effectiveness of providing pre-certified or non-certified landscape, architecture, and parking templates to developers to reduce their design and engineering costs. The second was to provide the City of Pueblo with policy recommendations concerning templates, ways to reduce development costs, and ways to encourage affordable and accessible housing development. The third objective was to conceptualize a potential template system by creating sample templates.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Templates for affordable housing

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Caitlin Jacobshagen, Landscape/Architecture Templates for Affordable Housing

Landscape, Architecture, and Parking Templates for Affordable and Accessible Housing
Student Researcher:
 Caitlin Jacobshagen

Link to Capstone Poster      
Link to Executive Summary 

The City of Pueblo’s Community Commission on Housing and Homelessness (CCHH) has found that it is more difficult for developers to build affordable and accessible housing within the City of Pueblo due to local code requirements that increase development costs. This capstone project focused on reducing development costs in the City of Pueblo in order to encourage the development of affordable and accessible housing by completing three objectives. The first was to explore the feasibility and effectiveness of providing pre-certified or non-certified landscape, architecture, and parking templates to developers to reduce their design and engineering costs. The second was to provide the City of Pueblo with policy recommendations concerning templates, ways to reduce development costs, and ways to encourage affordable and accessible housing development. The third objective was to conceptualize a potential template system by creating sample templates.