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.  

Woodland Park Downtown Walkability

Date: 4/28/16 - 8/1/16
Woodland Park Walkability Study
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Woodland Park, CO

Woodland Park Downtown Design Committee requested ideas for how to handle a back-alley along their Main Street. They came to the realization that the Main Street highway would not allow a desirable shopping experience so wondered about their Quinn Alley and how that could work. Additionally they wanted to know how pedestrian access through town could be enhanced across the highway and include future development south of their main downtown district.

Designs provided options for adjusting the Quinn Alley parking, expanding pedestrian walkways along the alley and showed the town how expanded retail store fronts could be added to the back and side alley walkways. A street closure was proposed to expand the pedestrian plaza character and direct views to Pikes Peak to the south. Coordination was primarily thorough the steering committee, town staff and local merchant input.

A final report was reviewed and submitted to the town for their use in future planning of the streetscape along Main Street, Quinn Alley and crossing configurations.

Project Team: Aynslee Joyce, Matt Roth, Nikhila Ramineedi, Sara Morse, Mike Tupa (Field Coordinator)
Local Participants: Woodland Park Downtown Design Committee and Town Staff
DOLA Regional Manager: Clay Brown

BIRD Past Research Projects

Woodland Park Downtown Walkability

Date: 4/28/16 - 8/1/16
Woodland Park Walkability Study
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Woodland Park, CO

Woodland Park Downtown Design Committee requested ideas for how to handle a back-alley along their Main Street. They came to the realization that the Main Street highway would not allow a desirable shopping experience so wondered about their Quinn Alley and how that could work. Additionally they wanted to know how pedestrian access through town could be enhanced across the highway and include future development south of their main downtown district.

Designs provided options for adjusting the Quinn Alley parking, expanding pedestrian walkways along the alley and showed the town how expanded retail store fronts could be added to the back and side alley walkways. A street closure was proposed to expand the pedestrian plaza character and direct views to Pikes Peak to the south. Coordination was primarily thorough the steering committee, town staff and local merchant input.

A final report was reviewed and submitted to the town for their use in future planning of the streetscape along Main Street, Quinn Alley and crossing configurations.

Project Team: Aynslee Joyce, Matt Roth, Nikhila Ramineedi, Sara Morse, Mike Tupa (Field Coordinator)
Local Participants: Woodland Park Downtown Design Committee and Town Staff
DOLA Regional Manager: Clay Brown