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Transitional Housing Community for Homeless Veterans
Ball State University | Dr. Joseph Bilello | Fall 2016 | First-place
Team Members: Amanda Rider

 Muncie’s microGROW housing accommodates six veterans while cultivating opportunities towards secure jobs, more permanent residences, and ultimately, a synergistic lifestyle in Delaware County. During the 6- to 24-month program, veterans contribute to the operations of microGROW’s net-zero site energy and zero water waste initiatives on site.

Operability and environmental systems are expressed boldly in microGrow’s design. Photovoltaic panels with vertical tracking are integrated into the tiny homes’ roofs. Graywater is reused for water closets, and the resulting blackwater and excess graywater are purified through living machine cells. The growing environment that identifies the site provides a therapeutic atmosphere to shelter veterans and a structured maintenance component for veterans to adapt a responsible community role.

MS_12.16.16 Portfolio floor plan_web-01.

Team Contributions:  

Amanda Rider - designer and collaboration on experiential render, wall section, and floor plans

Megan Stenftenagel - designer and collaboration on experiential render, site studies, site plan, and construction diagrams


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