BamDeck™ Composite Wheelchair Ramp by Kansas State Students

BamDeck™ Composite Wheelchair Ramp by Kansas State Students
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As members of the Freedom by Design organization (a nationwide project run by the American Institute of Architecture Students) each year the K-State team uses their skills to give back to the community. The term “Freedom by Design” refers to the goal of making structures more accessible for disabled individuals and thereby aiding their ability to live independently, bathe, asce...More
BamDeck™ Composite Wheelchair Ramp by Kansas State Students
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When sustainability is a chief concern, fourth year KSU architecture student Lindsey Telford notes choosing a durable product that’s not going to have to be replaced is just as important as using environmentally-friendly materials. The fact that it’s low-maintenance means no toxic paints and finishes, and a more permanent deck keeps waste out of landfills.
BamDeck™ Composite Wheelchair Ramp by Kansas State Students
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The Freedom by Design team pre-cut and shaped all the deck boards in their university shop, making it easier for volunteers to help with the onsite installation. Extra BamDeck™ scraps were used to make planter boxes and benches, keeping waste to a minimum.
BamDeck™ Composite Wheelchair Ramp by Kansas State Students
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Leftover decking scraps were used to create planters and benches around the massive wheelchair ramp.
BamDeck™ Composite Wheelchair Ramp by Kansas State Students
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When it came to choosing a decking material, durability and sustainability were big priorities. One of the students had heard about Cali Bamboo’s BamDeck™ composite decking and knew of its 60% bamboo-40% recycled plastic composition.
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BamDeck™ Composite Wheelchair Ramp by Kansas State Students
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Fourth year architecture student Lindsey Telford says of the project, “The clients wanted something that would last. We went to a client meeting in about the middle of May and they brought up the concern about how slippery the ramp could be. We started thinking about it. If we used a cheaper material we would have to seal it and add a paint with a grit in it to give it a textur...More
BamDeck™ Composite Wheelchair Ramp by Kansas State Students
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The original plan was to repair an existing broken wheelchair lift, but the Kansas State University architecture students soon realized the cost would be too great and it wouldn’t be as reliable in the long run — leading to additional repairs and expenses. So the group decided on a ramp instead, which as fourth-year student Lindsey Telford puts it, “seemed like a more sustainab...More
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