The Commissary at Engineering & Humanity Week 2011
The commissary designed by bcWorkshop will be installed on the SMU campus for one week as part of The Living Village for Engineering & Humanity Week. From April 11-14, students will be living in various shelter installations and using the commissary as a place to gather and share meals.
Following the installation at SMU, the commissary will be relocated in conjunction with a farmer’s market/community garden effort for the purpose of making fruits and vegetables available to share and sell in various locations.
A 20’ x 8’ x 8’ shipping container will be the basis of the commissary structure with modifications and a flexible design to enhance user comfort, social interaction, and functionality per designated site. Electricity will be generated through an off-grid source, a 260W solar photovoltaic system, providing enough electricity for basic services such as lighting and powering laptops. Food and supplies will be stored, displayed, and distributed through a 30 linear foot, reconfigurable shelving system and sliding overhead shade panels that will be held in place and adjusted by channel rails.
A rainwater catchment system consisting of an overhead canopy and storage tanks will catch and store water independent of public infrastructure. Collected water may also be used for watering plants and vegetables when servicing the farmer’s market/ community garden relocations. The commissary will be transportable through typical container transferring methods and finished with a secure, watertight envelope and detachable ramps to meet ADA standards for accessibility.
bcWorkshop is also installing a transportable gallery hosted in a 45' x 8' x 9'6" shipping container that features foam insulated walls with reclaimed wood and Homasote boards produced from recycled paper for pin-up space. Electricity for the gallery will be provided through a pedal or bike power generator with energy supplied by SMU students and volunteers.