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Zane Middle School tessellating concrete path
The goal of this project is to design and create designated concrete stepping stone pathways to replace a preexisting rectangle shaped area filled with mulch in front of the school for the students at Zane Middle School in Eureka, California. Pathways will incorporate school spirit and education value by having falconhead imprints on each concrete square that makes up the path. There should be an image near the top. (image will be added when final design is complete)
This project is carried out by the group, The Green Dream Team under the supervision of instructor Lonny Grafman in the 2017 Spring semester of the Engineering 215 Introduction to Design course at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. The administrator of this project is Trevor Hammons, whom is the Counseling Services Director at Zane Middle School. An organized aesthetically pleasing walkway system through the rectangular area is what Trevor wishes to be fulfilled. The falcon heads will be created in an MC escher style, which is the interlocking of one image within itself in an ongoing pattern. A pathway that contains easy accessibility and school inspired design produces a safe and positive learning environment while the students are walking to class.
Problem statement and criteria
The Objective of this project is to provide a piece of land that will be used to improve the aesthetic value of the school. In order to do so, native plants, pathways, and benches will be placed. Not only would this help beautify the school but also act as a pick up area for the children. This area is expected to last for a long period of time so there should be an ease of navigation and be maintainable.
Criteria Constraints Aesthetics >the latest permeable path introduced to Catherine L. Zane middle school Ease of maintenance about as much effort as it takes to maintain grass covering Ease of navigation > than the current state as a dirt lot: both in terms of the difficulties of mud in the wet seasons and as well as the prevention of child stagnation Safety greater than or equal to current government regulations Level of sustainability >current government regulations for construction upon sites owned by either public or private entities Durability lasts indefinitely without any major maintenance or replacements/fixes Education similar to projects that promote sustainable design Inspiration similar to projects that promote sustainable design
Description of final project
|Quantity||Material||Source||Cost ($)||Total ($)|
|1||Bender Board||The Mill Yard||20.00||20.00|
|1||Quikrete||The Mill yard||5.00||5.00|
|1||Quikrete Portland Cement||The Mill yard||12.95||12.95|
|1||Quikrete All Purpose Sand||The Mill yard||7.95||7.95|
|2||Plastic Bucket||The Mill yard||5.95||5.95|
Tests will be - (i) stepping stones: (a) adhesion to mud, (b) do they pass the kid lift test?, © general aesthetics (ii) layout: (a) general aesthetics, (b) Z’s or N’s?
How to build
|Stepping Stone Construction|
|Step 1 : On a wooden slab, draw dimensions of 1x1’. Make marks where bender board (i.e. for the width of the bender board) will fit inside wooden supports. Measure width of wooden supports and draw those dimensions on the wooden slab. Drill holes for placement of wooden supports. Attach supports.|
|Step 2 : Drill holes for placement of wooden supports. Attach supports.|
|Step 3 : Attach supports.|
|Step 4 : Cut bender board into four segments of two different lengths. Cut such that the area of the inside of the four segment will be 1 ft^2 (i.e. with respect to the width of the bender board). This will give two long pieces of the same length and two short pieces of the same length.|
|Step 5 : For stamp design, create template in ACAD and synthesize plastic form.|
|Caption||Step 6 : The stamp chosen for the final project solution was of a singular design (i.e. tessellated by hand)|
|Caption||Step 7 : Place stamp centered in the 1'x1' slab of concrete prior to completion of drying process. Five should be able to fit centered within the slab|
The groundworks project requires very little maintenance due to the permanent stability of the concrete stepping stones.
|How to create an imprinted stepping stone to form a pathway|
|falconhead design for stepping stone||Step 1 : Create a design.|
|Aleiha's parabolic solar cooker||Step 2 : Make a stamp from it.|
|Backpack frame bike trailer||Step 3 : Make a mould that will be the size of the stepping stone wanted|
-Stepping stone cracks: Replace stepping stone
-Residue and rocks get into design: sweep out remains in order to provide traction
Discussion and next steps
Temporary: Following the final implementation of the design will be the analyzing of how it has affected the school. Seeing how the design on the stepping stones is included is learning activities and the success of those lessons will determine how well they impacted the school. Lastly, the way that the students use the pathways to diminish traffic will be seen to reflect on how it works.
Suggestions for future changes
This section will be filled in once knowing how the final product is used by the students and how it could be better with changes (This is where to lay out suggestions for how to make the project function better in the future. )
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