The staff in KSU’s Sustainability Office were kind enough to fill in a few more details on the “pop up” bus stop that I posted about on February 8th. It turns out the story gets even better as I’ve now learned that this bus stop is solar powered.
SOLAR POWERED USB CHARGING PAVILION
Students enrolled in an architecture seminar, spring 2017, participated in a workshop investigating, and building a small-scale sustainable project. Taught by Associate Professor Greg Stroh with lab assistance from Chip Clark, of the FabLab at the CAED, the build workshop’s initial research project constructed a solar powered usb charging station for use as a bus wait structure on campus. The students researched materials/fabrication, detailing, assembly, and sustainability issues through a set of modules, ranging from the technical to the aesthetic, with the final assembly taking place at the end of the spring semester. Both traditional and advanced technologies were deployed within the making of the project – from cnc milling of the bench to the hand varnishing of the marine plywood. A solar panel on the roof powers six-usb ports, integrated into the bench for powering up devices while patrons wait for the next bus.