Land Efficiency

Innovations Research

2, ديسمبر 2010

This page provides a long term price estimate for laying turf on baseball field.  The estimate is given by FieldTurf, the turf producer I find most suitable for our project.  This is ideal because we get accurate pricing for laying down and maintaining turf.  FieldTurf estimates that the turf requires around $5,000 in maintenance per year.  This is probably accurate based on the amount of traffic the field would take through the time span of the school year.

This page provides a chart that shows the price range for FieldTurf with infill by the foot.  This is important because we needed to base the price of the turf on the size of the parking deck, roughly two squares of 150’x150’.

This page on FieldTurf’s website outlines the advantages of their product.  This was important in deciding to use turf over natural grass as well as deciding what type of turf to use.  One of the main factors in the decision was the safety ratings of the turf.  It provides cushion for falls, ensuring that the person falling lands uninjured.  Also, the safety of the turf guaranteed safe for eight years.

This is the Bursar’s page on Georgia Tech’s website.  This was useful as it had statistics on the various fees charged to Georgia Tech students each semester.  The fee we were interested in was the Campus Recreation (CRC) fee, as it pertains to the recreation facilities on campus.  The money students spend on this fee could be used to fund our project.

This page describes the upkeep of turf fields.  It explains the differences in turf vacuums, and how they work.  This was useful when considering the cost, labor, and equipment involved with installing a turf field on a parking deck.

Around Georgia Techs campus there are a few greenspaces where students can participate in outdoor activities, but none completely placed in an extremely busy centralized area.

  • The Tech Green
  • Tech Tower Lawn
  • SAC Fields
  • The Burger Bowl

Collecting water the water drained from the top of the parking deck could prove beneficial considering the expected water shortages in the furture and the small amount of renewable energy we could gain.

Water power can be created through water being forced through a pipe to spin turbines which in turn spin a generator .

Micro Hydro facilities can produce small amounts of energy.

Elevator Pitch/SitBPE Jr.

22, نوفمبر 2010

Who: Georgia Tech Students/Alumni/Football Fans

Where: Georgia Institute of Technology, Peter’s Parking deck

What: Lack of green space on campus, Parking deck reflects heat, pools rain water

Fix: Artificial turf on Peter’s Parking Deck’s top level

Every few weekends in the fall, thousands of people gather on Georgia Tech’s campus to tailgate and watch a Yellow Jackets game.  However, unlike other universities, Georgia Tech lacks the open green space to allow for a large number of tailgaters.  On those same weekends, many residents on east campus attempt to play football, soccer, or Frisbee on the tiny, lopsided grassy quad between Towers and Glenn Halls.  If you take a moment to watch them play you would see that the field was not meant for any type of athletic activity.  It is too small and uneven, plus it is covered in metal drain covers that do not do an adequate job of draining rain water.  One could provide room for both the tailgaters and the students playing football with one simple move.  Peter’s parking deck sits adjacent to Bobby Dodd stadium, but the top level is paved and not ideal for a family tailgate or play.  If it was covered in artificial turf, and had a decent drainage system, the parking deck could become a popular green space on campus for east campus residents and tailgaters alike.  This plan would also make Peter’s more eco-friendly.  The top level currently collects large puddles of rain water.  If drainage pipes were installed under the turf you could redirect this much needed water to surrounding trees and plants.  This plan benefits the students, football fans, and the surrounding environment.

Elevator Pitch

1. Students, Alumni, Fans

2. Lack of green space on campus for recreation

3. Combining aspects of a field & parking garage into one space

4. Creating more leisure space while still catering to the need for on-campus parking

5. The current parking garage which has somewhat unsafe and under utilized recreation on top

6. Allows students to utilize a large, flat green space in the center of Georgia Tech’s urban campus

SitBPE Jr.

10, نوفمبر 2010

Group Members: Hannah Williams | Deborah Hudson | Sean Sims | Trey McMillon

Broad Topic: Land Efficiency – Organization of Public Spaces

Our topic focuses on using public spaces in the most advantageous way possible in order for those who interact in the space to use it in the most efficient way.  More specifically we will be observing how parking lots can be better designed so that they may function more smoothly for those using them and make a positive impact on the environment.

The Problem: Parking lots pose the problem of being empty places that take up space and have no other function.

The impact of fixing the problem: By looking into making them more efficient and environmentally friendly we can look at making them more useful by allowing them to function as energy collecting sites and make them function as green spaces for the public as well as a place for them to park their vehicle.