Project Examples

UMass Lowell Smith & Eames Parking Lot Re-Design

Course: 25.108 Introduction to Engineering II (Civil Engineering)
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Jackie Zhang
Partner: University of Massachusetts Lowell

The parking lot behind the Lydon Library located on north campus of UML is currently divided into three sections serving faculty/staff, students living in Smith Hall, and students living in Eames Hall. The existing parking lot is poorly designed. It lacks pedestrian access, has no space for snow plowing, and there are many dead-ends. UML intends to make improvements in and around the existing parking area behind Lydon Library and the Smith & Eames dormitory. The UML facilities department was impressed by the quality of the students’ work and excellent ideas proposed by engineering students. In addition to the course content covered by this project, students were able to utilize what they learned to assist the university in solving a long-time challenge and parking issue.

Learning objectives met by the S-L project:

  • Be able to make 2D line and dimensioned engineering drawings using AutoCad.
  • Be able to present technical information to an audience in both written format and oral format.

Community objectives met by the S-L project:

  • Re-design the parking lot to increase the number of spaces
  • Improve pedestrian access to UML facilities
  • Maintain handicap parking as dictated by code
  • Improve snow removal and snow farming operations