P13431: Stackable Cots
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St. Joseph's House is a soup kitchen and homeless shelter that operates a bed shelter in the winter months. In 2011, the shelter experienced a bedbug infestation in which their benches and cots had to be disposed of. As a result, the shelter purchased army cots to replace the former cots. However, due to the fact that many of the tenants tend to bring bed bugs due to their current living conditions, the shelter takes extra precautions and places the current cots in the freezer to kill any living bacteria and washes the linens on sanitary settings. This has reduced the cradle-to-graveness of the current cots which are not expected to last more than one more season. RIT students worked together and came up with a preliminary design in which cots are able to be stacked when not in use and double as a bench. However, they were not able to analyze the design or create a prototype.

Saint Joseph's House of Hospitality, Rochester, NY

Saint Joseph's House of Hospitality, Rochester, NY

Sponsor Website: http://www.saintjoeshouse.org/

After given the original needs which indicated that the cots must be stacked, the team went to a budget meeting at St. Joseph's so the customer would be able to review our design, approve, and give us a set budget. However, it was to our discovery that the home had recently set up a series of pulleys which were used to suspend the cots into the air. The team then discovered that this was a temporary solution to the space issue that was hoped to become a long-term solution. We were then given a series a new requirements:

(1) Cots must be suspended/hung on pulleys both vertically and horizontally through use of hooks, loops, etc.
(2) Due to (1), weight of cot must be kept at a minimum.
(3) Due to (1), cots will not be used as benches.
(4) Mattress is not preferred due to storage concerns as well as to ensure the elimination of bedbug infestation.
(5) Due to (4), guest must be able to sleep comfortably; the current cots have a canvass which is deemed comfortable.
Project Name:
Shelter Cots
Project Number:
P13431
Project Family:
Energy and Sustainable Systems
Start Term:
2013-1
End Term:
2013-2
Faculty Guide:
John Kaemmerlen
(585) 475-2767
jxkpdm@rit.edu
Faculty Champion:
Sarah Brownell
(585) 330-6464
sabeie@rit.edu
Primary Customer Contact:
Adam Uzelac
(xxx) xxx-xxxx
voiploser@gmail.com
Other Customer Contact:
Tom Malthaner
(585) 755-3025
jtmalthaner@gmail.com
Sponsor:
St. Joseph's House of Hospitality

Team Members

Jennifer Patterson, Libbi Cook, Kevin Encarnacion, Derek Kirsch

Jennifer Patterson, Libbi Cook, Kevin Encarnacion, Derek Kirsch

Member Role Contact
Libbi Cook Ergonomic Engineer lcc8534@rit.edu
Derek Kirsch Design Engineer djk9995@rit.edu
Kevin Encarnacion Project Manager kbe2735@rit.edu
Jennifer Patterson Specialist jap6952@rit.edu

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