## Abstract

Engr215 Friends of the Dunes is non-profit organization that needed several projects done, one of them being an interactive display for the Living Green trail located in front of Humboldt Coastal Nature Center(HCNC). The objective of the project was to design and build an interactive display that engages and educates the visitors about living in an environmentally conscious way, "living green". The Living Green Interactive Display is the results of this project. The display allows visitors to engage in the display through its interactive components and educates the visitors about the green technologies used at HCNC.

## Background

Friends of the Dunes [1] in Manila recently finished major renovations to the former Stamp's house, transforming the building into a Green Building Council. Many visitors are unaware of the green technologies used in HCNC. The executive director of Friends of the Dunes, client Carol Vander Meer[2] wanted a display for visitors to learn about the green technologies used at HCNC and to encourage them to develop a green lifestyle.

### Specifications

The specifications are the requirements from the client criteria and must be implemented throughout the designing of the project. The following specifications will be adhered to during the design process:

• Location: Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, Manila, California, United States of America
• The exhibit is interactive.
• The exhibit is adaptable for future changes.
• The exhibit is low maintenance.

### Considerations

Considerations while building the exhibit are:

• People of all ages will be using the display.
• People will be using the display upon arrival or departure.
• The location will be visited by mainly English and Spanish speakers.
• The display will be outside for three months during the summer.

## Client Criteria

The criteria are a list of standards in which the final project will be judged upon. The list was formulated by the group and the client and is defined by it constraints which are the measurable properties of the criteria.

Criteria Weights
Criteria Average Weight Description
Adaptability 4 The ability of the exhibit to change over time, whether it be physically moved or altered within the project.
Site Appropriateness 7 The aesthetics and information given harmonizes with the local environment /Stamp House.
Ease of Use 7 The simplicity of the interactive components of the exhibit for general public use.
Appropriate Materials Used 6 The ability of the project to be made with "green" materials, including materials that are re-purposed, from local sources, or certified for environmental sustainability by a professional independent organization.
Educational Value 10 The use of multiple learning channels so the exhibit effectively conveys the material.

### Design Cost

The design costs indicate the amount of hours that Looney Dunes put into this design project. A total of 316 hours were spent on this design project. The majority of the design hours were spent in phase 5. The figure below represents the amount of time in required for each phase of the design process from the initial definition of the problem to the finished solution.

### Maintenance

The Exhibit requires minimal maintenance. Once every week the display of the exhibit should be wiped down with a damp cloth. Every two months hinges need to be cleaned and the denim insulation needs to be replaced by new denim insulation. A year's worth of denim insulation pieces are supplied for replacements. After a year, insulation will need to be obtained from The Alternative Building Center[3] in Humboldt California. The foam insulation will need to be replaced every three months or when needed. A year's worth of replacement foam pieces is supplied. After a year, foam insulation will need to be obtained from the original source.

## Video

Here is a video of the sign in use at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

## Discussion

The resulting Living Green Warm and Bright exhibit is an effective way to educate visitors about the HCNC, Green Technologies, and Living Green. The interpretive sign is easy to read and attracts people with its unique look. Younger Kids enjoy playing with the mock windows and touching the insulation. People can read about the Humboldt Coastal Nature center as well as living green. The display is very sturdy because the buried cement bucket makes a solid base. All stationary pieces on the display are tightly bonded to the display. The hinges are oriented so that they cannot be over extended and break. The exhibit fits each the criteria exceptionally. The natural stain colors of the base as well as the sandy color of the display make the exhibit visually tasteful. The display is simple and educates visitors about Humboldt Coastal Nature Center and living green via interaction and information. The interpretive sign's height is adjustable, and its low profile allows for it to be interacted with from a wheel chair. From the driftwood base to the information in the display, the Green Living Warm and Bright interactive exhibit represents the Humboldt Coastal Nature center and provides a brief overview about living green for visitors.

### Next Steps

The two areas of improvement for the exhibit is to increase durability of the sign and interactivity within the sign. The sign is built to last for one summer outside, so improvements can be made to make this sign more permanent. The other area of improvement for this display is interactivity. Adding different methods of interactions can increase the level of engagement in the sign.

## Contact details

Team Looney Dunes

Page data
Authors Jon, Desiree Edgar 2012 CC-BY-SA-4.0 327 Jon, Desiree Edgar (2012). "FOTD living green, warm and bright display". Appropedia. Retrieved August 14, 2022.
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