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.  

Walsenburg Fox Theater

Date: 9/1/18 - 6/30/19
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Location: Walsenburg, CO

The historic Fox Theatre in Walsenburg needed help. Faced with declining ticket sales and a large building that was rarely used to even 10% of its capacity, the owners (Huerfano County) and the operator (Mike Peters on behalf of the Fox Theatre board of directors), turned to the resources and talents of DOLA’s UTA program with CCCD to transform this building into a bustling hub of arts and entertainment for the community. 

Strategies were proposed to demonstrate how the building could accommodate a variety of desirable programming opportunities, including cinema, live performance, and food and drink, both within its existing footprint and an expanded one. The project team then created a series of High Definition virtual walkthroughs that enabled the community and project stakeholders to visually experience these proposals on the big screen.

Field Supervisor: Jeff Wood
CCCD Team: Taylor Carlisle (MArch), Fernanda Hobbs (MArch), Alena Gagnon (MLA), Sarah Goldblatt (MSHP), and Aneliya Bargon (MLA)
Local Collaborators: Carl Young, Economic and Tourism Development Director, Huerfano County; Mike Peters, Fox Theater Board of Directors


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BIRD Past Research Projects

Walsenburg Fox Theater

Date: 9/1/18 - 6/30/19
Screen Shot 2019-08-16 at 3.35.19 PM
Location: Walsenburg, CO

The historic Fox Theatre in Walsenburg needed help. Faced with declining ticket sales and a large building that was rarely used to even 10% of its capacity, the owners (Huerfano County) and the operator (Mike Peters on behalf of the Fox Theatre board of directors), turned to the resources and talents of DOLA’s UTA program with CCCD to transform this building into a bustling hub of arts and entertainment for the community. 

Strategies were proposed to demonstrate how the building could accommodate a variety of desirable programming opportunities, including cinema, live performance, and food and drink, both within its existing footprint and an expanded one. The project team then created a series of High Definition virtual walkthroughs that enabled the community and project stakeholders to visually experience these proposals on the big screen.

Field Supervisor: Jeff Wood
CCCD Team: Taylor Carlisle (MArch), Fernanda Hobbs (MArch), Alena Gagnon (MLA), Sarah Goldblatt (MSHP), and Aneliya Bargon (MLA)
Local Collaborators: Carl Young, Economic and Tourism Development Director, Huerfano County; Mike Peters, Fox Theater Board of Directors


Walsenberg Fox Theater - floor planWalsenburgFoxTheater