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.  

4th Floor Patio Green Roof Installation

Date: 8/1/18
Green Roof Installation on the Fourth Floor Patio of the CAP Building
Principal Researchers: Leila Tolderlund Others Involved: Swizz Solar Decathlon team - 2018 winning team Student Researchers: Kathryn Landers, Troy Britt, Leah Bryant, Jana Raines, Jake Seymour and Nick Patin Faculty Advisor: Leila Tolderlund

Green roof expert Leila Tolderlund, Assistant Professor (CTT) and Associate Chair of Landscape Architecture at CU Denver's College of Architecture and Planning provided green roof guidance to the Solar Decathlon 2018 winning team. The Swizz team took
first place overall by designing, building, and operating the house that best blended smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency.

The green roof modules were donated to the College of Architecture and Planning by the Swizz team in return for the guidance provided by faculty Leila Tolderlund during the design and implementation of their Solar Decathlon project. Following completion of the project, graduate students from CAP volunteered to help disassemble and transport the green roof trays (350+) from the house and relocated them to the CU Building's fourth floor patiom setting up a 2500 sf green roof installation. The green roof is open to the public and offers students, faculty, and visitors breathtaking views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains to the west. 

BIRD Past Research Projects

4th Floor Patio Green Roof Installation

Date: 8/1/18
Green Roof Installation on the Fourth Floor Patio of the CAP Building
Principal Researchers: Leila Tolderlund Others Involved: Swizz Solar Decathlon team - 2018 winning team Student Researchers: Kathryn Landers, Troy Britt, Leah Bryant, Jana Raines, Jake Seymour and Nick Patin Faculty Advisor: Leila Tolderlund

Green roof expert Leila Tolderlund, Assistant Professor (CTT) and Associate Chair of Landscape Architecture at CU Denver's College of Architecture and Planning provided green roof guidance to the Solar Decathlon 2018 winning team. The Swizz team took
first place overall by designing, building, and operating the house that best blended smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency.

The green roof modules were donated to the College of Architecture and Planning by the Swizz team in return for the guidance provided by faculty Leila Tolderlund during the design and implementation of their Solar Decathlon project. Following completion of the project, graduate students from CAP volunteered to help disassemble and transport the green roof trays (350+) from the house and relocated them to the CU Building's fourth floor patiom setting up a 2500 sf green roof installation. The green roof is open to the public and offers students, faculty, and visitors breathtaking views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains to the west.