Sustainable Concrete Canoe
Project Leads: Christopher Blelloch and Anthony Salguero
Sponsor: Cal American Society of Civil Engineers: Joint Fundraising Committee
TGIF Grant: $2,000.00
Project Theme: Waste Reduction
2014 Application Submission
Status: In Progress
Design and construct a sustainable concrete canoe, and compete at the regional and national level of the ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition.
Reduce on-campus waste production by using a wooden mold, with FSC-Certified wood, rather than a Styrofoam mold, as has been used in many of the previous years.
Reduce the team's overall carbon footprint and water use by switching from an ordinary portland cement mix design to a geo-polymer mix design. The geo-polymer mix design incorporates recycled fly ash and sodium hydroxide, rather than portland cement and water, as its main components.
Educate team members on the importance of sustainable design through the team's DeCal session.
1. This group is nearing the end of constructing the canoe. They cast the canoe in early December and have completed the construction on the wooden, reusable mold.
2. Currently are offering a DeCal class about the ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition with an emphasis on sustainability practices and materials
3. Will be displaying and presenting their canoe on Cal Day with members present to explain the path to construction
4. In April they will present an oral project presentation at the ASCE Mid-Pacific Conference Championships with detailed information on their sustainability goals and overall construction process.