First, I must say that it has been quite a long time since I posted an update to this site. For that, I am sorry!
So, recently I had the need to figure out how many construction projects in the state of Ohio are active that are going for LEED certification. The results are below, and quite frankly are staggering just by themselves (NOTE: There are about 150 projects that have requested to remain confidential and you are seeing the result of that just north of Columbus):
View Ohio LEED Projects in a full screen map
I also thought I would cover my process of figuring out this awesome statistic. For starters, I had to go find all of the USGBC data publicly available on the web about LEED projects. This actually was much simpler than I originally thought:
After downloading the excel file available on their page, I had to narrow down my search parameters to get rid of completed projects and old/stalled projects. The first category was a walk in the park. Filtering our projects with completion dates got rid of finished projects. However, filtering old/stalled projects proved to be a little trickier.
The first clue that project was old and/or stalled was the registered date. A project registered in 2007 that is only 10,000 sq. ft. obviously should be finished. So, in general filtering projects that were registered before 2009 eliminated these artifacts. Another easy clue was the number of points achieved. If a project has achieved points, it’s done!
The next clue was the rating system the project used. A project using LEED Retail 1.0 Pilot still not finished either did not get built or was never recorded as finished. But what about newer project standards? After some research, I found that projects could register for 2.2/2.0 (dependent on type) up until June 26, 2009*. Ok, a project that is only 2 years is most likely still active.
Finally, after filtering for Ohio, we arrive a the results you see above. I have attached the excel file if you wish to break it down for your state or run some extra parameters (project type, size, etc). Enjoy!
After 3 long nights of drilling, leveling, measuring, sanding, cutting, & racking our brains for every ounce of knowledge to solve constant problems, my friend Neal and I leave you with the ultimate tracing and drawing table. Able to be flat stacked, this beauty of balance & suspension can be taken apart in a matter minutes and weighs about 30 lbs (short of the glass).
You might ask, how in the world did you come up with the idea of a bicycle desk? To be honest, it’s valid question. When shopping for materials, I would often start the conversation with, “You’re gonna think I’m crazy, but I’m building a desk out of bicycles.” Usually, I would pause for about 10 seconds before saying, “Ok, has the shock worn off yet? How would you do this?”
The origin of this crazy piece of furniture all started when I had to get new bike tires. Upon returning to the bike shop, I noticed my old rims in the trash. Seeing my own waste contribute to our landfills made me wonder, what in the world could I do with something that had so much effort put into it but was being tossed like a paper napkin? I built this bike desk (formally known as a besk) to illustrate how we need to reuse things that had a lot of effort put into them instead of simply discarding them. Please, however, do not try to make a quilt out of used paper napkins.
Following is the process of ripping the bikes apart, planning out the framework and design, creating mock ups, and finally getting to the end product!
I’d really like to say thanks to a lot of people. I’m sure this list will grow as time goes on:
- Neal Tudor: The man who helped me every night I did this and gave me fresh ideas on everything from drilling to this blog post. Neal, you are the man and truly a great friend. As I told him, it’s his turn to design something next!
- Luke Stutler: Yeah, nothing great ever comes around without the right tools. Thanks for your awesome patience!
- Kevin Park/Roomies: For having the guts to say I would never get this done. They’ll never know how their words made me say … watch this!
- My Grandfather: For having the patience to hear me ramble on about how I was going to do it and actually giving me ideas to work with when everyone else told me good luck.
- Betsy @ Lowes: For giving me the scoop on an awesome paint & glass store.
- Andrew @ Oakley Paint & Glass: For being excited about the project and having faith that some guy he’s never met or seen is actually building a desk out of bicycles and needed glass.
- Rich Pohana: For giving me the winning idea on how to get cheap bicycles.
- Brian Bruner: For helping me with the winning idea on how to get cheap bicycles!
- CDOTE Department: For trying to give me tons of places to look for support and bicycle frames. I really appreciate all of your efforts in trying to help find parts in this crazy adventure!
- Lowes @ Ridge Ave: For their continual support & encouragement by asking how the project was going! Honestly guys your expertise really saved the project a couple of times!
- My Parents: For asking the question, and why are you doing this again?
- Anyone who listened to this idea and said …. really?!! Send me pictures!
I appreciate everyone’s efforts. Remember that no one person can build anything! I really appreciate everyone’s help with this project look forward to coming up with something even more crazy in the future! Neal, you are a trooper and a true friend. I appreciate every ounce of effort you put in to helping me with this. I honestly don’t think I could have done it without you man.
Out on some more runs for work, I got to see more basements! Sorry, the only really cool one was the same as before …. but now I have some sweet detail pictures of the archs and what not!
Well here’s some details:
And why did they dig this basement?
This is old stairs into the street and how they work!
So, you may have wondered … where the heck is this guy? Golley make this site interesting. Fair enough. I’ve beenworking on making a fence for the rents. Check out the pics of the proccess!
- Dig the hole
- Check the hole depth
- Fill with gravel
- Level EVERYTHING
- Pour the concrete
- Add water
Ok … so it took a lot more effort than we realized. But we’re almost there! Ok … close!
My grandfather was on the phone with me while I walked up this (due to a faulty curb killing my tire) and was asking, “why are you puffing so hard?” Pretty neat view of the city below:
So … what is the real distance? The more I explore the more I find that there’s more to find.
You see, depending on how I try to define where the bike tire intersects the perpendicular line to the curb creates a great variation in the distance between the car the curb.
Just look at it and you’ll understand.
After a year of returning from Mexico, I am finally compiling the photos of my trip. Get ready to really see some amazing pics (the ones I have that didn’t get stolen!).
Well, it’s about time. Look for a new design in the next 24 hours! It’s been a brewing up there, now to do it!
Haha … ok make that soon!
So, I’m working on determining the distance between the biker/bike and the car on the street. It just feels like I’m not getting the actual distance. Any thoughts?
Things I know:
- Distance between edge of parked car (streetside) and curb
- Distance between tape and curb
- Distance between right hand most lane marker and curb
If just feels like the camera is bending the light like an offcenter fisheye. Any got any thoughts as to a better way to do the perspective?
So … you’re probably thinking … cool. It’s some grates on the street. Look deeper:
Still don’t see anything? What if I told you THIS was hiding underneath!
And it only gets deeper!
So … about that grate!?
Hope you enjoyed! I’m sure there’ll be more to come this week!