Crowder/Drury Audiovisual Presentation – Solar Decathlon 2015

Crowder/Drury Audiovisual Presentation – Solar Decathlon 2015


Crowder College and Drury University have
partnered to create ShelteR3 for the 2015 Solar Decathlon. Built with Midwestern tornadoes in mind, ShelteR3
is designed to respond, recover, and resist. Inspired by the devastation of the 2011 Joplin
Tornado, our team has created a home that is tornado-resistant. In the wake of a tornado, when the grid is
down and citizens are left homeless, ShelteR3 can be mobilized, en masse, as emergency housing
or as a headquarters for relief efforts. As the community begins to recover, ShelteR3
is already there, powered by the sun. In time, residents may choose to make ShelteR3
their permanent home. The end modules are then slid apart, and a
living room is inserted. As you approach ShelteR3, the most apparent
element is the enveloping fence. Contemporary in design, the fence is made
of impact-resistant and self-cleaning Reynobond from Kawneer, a material selected both for
its aesthetic and strength. It serves as our first layer of defense from
the debris cloud. As you begin to take in the rest of the house, you will be struck by its pure simplicity, which has left out soffits and unnecessary
complexity so as to reduce footholds for strong winds. Upon arrival on the front deck, you will notice
it immediately connects you to the interior living space, extending the interior and connecting
it to its exterior. As the threshold is crossed you’ll notice
our two sets of doors; the first is a folding set made of Lexan, also selected for its ability
to absorb impact, which can fully extend to protect the second set of hurricane-rated
glass doors. With this design, the Crowder/Drury team developed
a bright living area without sacrificing security. What isn’t visible as you enter our home
are the multiple features we gave our walls to increase the stability of ShelteR3. Underneath the facade is a layer of Lexan. Steel rods connect the framework of the roof
down to the foundation, anchoring it securely, and embodying our third R, resistance to future
storms. Joplin’s tornado generated 3 million cubic
yards of debris. By creating a structure able to withstand
a tornado, we create a greener structure that prevents waste generation. Once inside, you will notice two bedrooms
to your left, and the kitchen and bathroom to your right. In our bedrooms you’ll find Resource brand
hideaway furniture, able to accommodate our family of three, or up to 10 in the disaster
response mode. Windows in these rooms have been sized to
minimize structural vulnerabilities and create a greater sense of both security and privacy. We’ve outfitted our kitchen with a unique
space-saving small appliance shelf running along the length of the cabinets. In the bathroom,
we’ve installed a tank less water heater and hidden laundry facilities. ShelteR3 is an act of amazing balance and
is evidence that foresight in design can bring into harmony the two build philosophies of
security and comfort. Come experience it for yourself.

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