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.  

Carbondale Third Street Center Master Plan

Date: 9/1/15 - 4/1/16
Third Street Center Site Master Plan Update
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Carbondale, CO

The Third Street Center is a not-for-profit small business incubator and community resource center which operates out of the old elementary school in Carbondale. Over the years, a few updates to the site plan have changed the original configuration in order to activate more use of the center. A series of master plans were generated and needed to be reviewed and updated into a new plan to move forward with.

The Town of Carbondale in partnership with the TSC worked with CCCD to have MLA students review those plans and develop a new unified master plan for the entire property site with a specific focus on better parking and pockets of green space. The final result opened up the site and brought attention to the main entry and outlined better parking for growth of the center.

Project Team: 
Josh Spinner (MLA), Molly Somes (MLA), Daniel Navarro-Gomez (MLA), Chris Endreson (Project Coordinator)
Local Participants: Jay Harrington (Town Manager), Colin Laird (Third Street Center Executive Director)
DOLA Regional Manager: Elyse Ackerman

BIRD Past Research Projects

Carbondale Third Street Center Master Plan

Date: 9/1/15 - 4/1/16
Third Street Center Site Master Plan Update
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Carbondale, CO

The Third Street Center is a not-for-profit small business incubator and community resource center which operates out of the old elementary school in Carbondale. Over the years, a few updates to the site plan have changed the original configuration in order to activate more use of the center. A series of master plans were generated and needed to be reviewed and updated into a new plan to move forward with.

The Town of Carbondale in partnership with the TSC worked with CCCD to have MLA students review those plans and develop a new unified master plan for the entire property site with a specific focus on better parking and pockets of green space. The final result opened up the site and brought attention to the main entry and outlined better parking for growth of the center.

Project Team: 
Josh Spinner (MLA), Molly Somes (MLA), Daniel Navarro-Gomez (MLA), Chris Endreson (Project Coordinator)
Local Participants: Jay Harrington (Town Manager), Colin Laird (Third Street Center Executive Director)
DOLA Regional Manager: Elyse Ackerman