HONORABLE MENTION: 2012 Newhouse project #20121005 | school bike shelter
- Collect Info Completed
- Brainstorm Ideas Completed
- Develop Solutions Completed
- Final Design Completed
What's the problem here? Getting started on your bike shelter design.
Bike Shelter Curie High School
Newhouse Division 6
“Let’s bike it”, a statement that is going extinct; with more and more people use cars and gas guzzling public transportation; bikes are becoming obsolete. A bike is an easy and cheap transportation device and serves cardiovascular health. The shelter itself will be self-sustainable keeping up with the most modern green architecture.
The proposed bike shelter will be on our schools parking lot, new parking space will be provided but that is irrelevant, it will be a building 43’ by 43’ by 16’. The storage system will be mechanically powered; a system of axles and winches will bike up a bike and rotate it into place on a belt that will move the bike into storage. All of this, will be powered by solar panels; these axels and the belt will consume will be efficient enough to have electricity left over. The left over electricity will then be fed into the grid and we will be reimbursed.
Commuting has become very expensive now a days gas is high and bus fare will probably increase again. A bike is the logical solution; it doesn’t cost anything and it helps ones health. Biking is a great cardiovascular work-out
One can be fit, healthy and save money by biking. The only thing stopping people from biking is the old, “where will I put it?’ With Curie’s new bike shelter the excuses to not bike will be gone.
How do you Collect Info for this step of the design process?
My work for the Collect Information step:
research what a bike shelter has and how most people use it; I also take pictures of the purposed
How do you Brainstorm Ideas for this step of the design process?
My work for the Brainstorm Ideas step:
Sketching on velium paper i drew out my ideas. Unliike other bike shelters I will be creating an actually facility. This facility will be electrically powered and have about one to two poeple running it. In the sketches i have depicted the machinery in the facility
How do you Develop Solutions for this step of the design process?
My work for the Develop Solutions step:
using sketch up i started to develop my bike shelter.
How do you create a Final Design for this step of the design process?
My work for the Final Design step:
With the initial concept on paper, I have begun to complete the site plans, elevations and floor plans.
A 1000 sq. ft. bike shelter is just too small. More space is required to operate the storing machines. With less storage space, we won’t be able to accommodate the community , as well as bikers that use the train. On another note, we expect to get quite a few bikes due to the Orange Line train station in the immediate vicinity. A 1600 sq. ft. bike is just right. It is not too big and not too small. The community as well as students and train travelers will be able to store their bike.
The final steps were as stressful as they were jaw dropping; stress was reduced by using a generic Curie Metro High School floor plan created in a previous year. The reduction in efficiency was greatly impacted by the processing speed of the architecture computers. Although they are up to date, Google Sketch Up, when creating a complex project, slowed down and 3 out of 5 times completely froze.