Cookies and Fundraising

Hi, my name is Elena Fromer and I am a member of the small but awesome fundraising team! I have been lucky enough to be a part of planning and putting on fun events for our team, their families, and other Santa Clara University students to get involved with and help contribute to our project.

One of our latest events and most successful events was our fundraiser at a local bar called the Hut. The hut is a very popular and right next to campus so we were able to sell wristbands so that students could get discounts for the Friday night. Tons of people came and bought wristbands and we surpassed our expectations and goals for the night. I was able to contact the company NOX Cookie Bar and their owner kindly donated cookies all night for those who bought wristbands and were hungry! It was a super fun night and we are very excited to plan another event just like it in the fall.

Another project I am currently working on is a Booster fundraiser for SCU Tiny house apparel. I was able to create an online store so that our team’s family members and friends could purchase cool clothes with our logo on them. Right now, we are selling t-shirts and have already sold 16! Although this is a small fundraiser, it is exciting to raise anything that we can for the house. I’m looking forward to see how much we can sell by the end of spring quarter!

For the summer I will also be involved with our Tiny House fundraising gala here on campus. There is a lot planning to be done, and I am excited to see the event come together. Emma and I already have so many ideas for the food, theme, and activities for the night. I can’t wait to reach our goal and support the creation of our fantastic house!

California Building Codes and SIPS

Hi, my name is Jack Dinkelspiel and I am member of the Civil team. Recently, our team has been working to perform structural calculations for the tiny house. Although our house is so small, we have a great amount of work to meet the calculations required for the various building codes. The rEvolve House must be designed for high lateral forces due to the fact that it will be transported at high speeds on the highway and the fact that it will ultimately be placed in an area of high seismic activity. This process has proved to be challenging, for our house does not meet the size requirements to be considered a house by the California Building Code. We want to make our house as safe as possible, so we are designing it to fulfill the seismic provisions that are listed in the California Building Code. This requires doing an analysis of the site characteristics of Operation Freedom Paws as well as Consumnes River College and building to whichever site proves to have the most critical requirements. To do this, all of the weight contributions of the Tiny House must be analyzed with their respective locations to determine how the force distributions would act in the case of high lateral loads. These loads then have to be transferred to our foundation through shear walls within the SIPS. Because we are using SIPS as our main vertical force resisting system, we have come up with a special assembly process in order to install the seismic tie downs within the core of our insulated panels.

Another aspect of our tiny house that requires special attention is the fact that we have so many windows. This limits the amount of wall space that can be considered shear walls while doing calculations. In two segments, we have used calculations techniques that allow for a perforated shear wall with capacity adjustments based on total opening width and area. This process has proved to be challenging, but we have determined a final design with specified connection types that will allow for our house to meet the lateral force requirements.

Our team is lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with two different types of construction and perform calculations on the two types. As previously stated, or walls will be constructed of SIPS, however our roof deck and cathedral framing will be constructed of traditional stick framing. When performing calculations for stick framing, the California Residential Codes is used as well as the National Design Specification for Wood Construction. We are trying to use the smallest members possible in order to maximize ceiling height while providing enough room for our MEP equipment to travel between joists.

The process of performing structural calculations on our preliminary designs has proved to be extremely insightful and has provided the team with experience in real life applications of Civil Engineering. Now that the majority of SIP calculations are completed, we will place the order for our SIPS to be manufactured and shipped to the build site at SCU. We cannot wait to start the assembly of our Tiny House this summer and see all of our hard work come to life!

Wet Bathroom

Hi! My name is Matt LoGrasso and I am a member of the mechanical team for the rEvolve House. As a freshman who is still learning a lot about applying my engineering skills to real-life applications, I am specifically working on the wet bathroom design of the house. 

Beginning the project, my team and I were given dimensions for the wet bathroom from the architecture team. Originally, the dimensions made a rectangular prism that was 3.75'x7'11"x8'. This made things quite difficult because if you think about it, that space is very small for multiple bathroom appliances such as a shower, toilet, sink, cabinets, etc. On top of that, a war veteran and his dog will be using the wet bathroom to shower at the same time, which constricts space even more! This past week however, the architecture team realized that the wet bathroom would need more space, so they made half of the bathroom's width about a foot or two larger. This allowed us to make the area for the shower much larger.

Arguably the most difficult part of designing the wet bathroom was the flooring. Since we knew that we would have to slope the floor in multiple directions toward a drain, we decided that we would have to create a custom waterproof floor out of fiberglass and epoxy resin. In order to make the floor completely waterproof, this custom shower pan would span the whole area of the floor as well as six inches up every wall.

As of right now, my team and I are working on deciding which wall panels would be the best for waterproofing as well as for aesthetic purposes. We are currently looking at Merlite FRP wall panels that would run all the way up the walls and a couple inches over the custom fiberglass shower pan. There is still debate over whether or not we will need to put waterproof panels behind the Merlite panels to ensure water does not seep through. 

My team and I cannot wait to get every aspect of the wet bathroom finalized in the next couple of weeks and to finally see it created in real life!