SUSTAINABLE CABIN, CROWELL, TX
A prefabricated, sustainable design-build project at a large State University in the American Southwest completed in 2010.
The Sustainable Cabin serves as an experimental research station in sustainable design and living at a remote site on the American High Plains, operating entirely off the conventional power grid, utilizing rain water harvesting, waste composting, photovoltaic solar-power, and passive solar design.
Historical precedents informing the design were Henry David Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts, and Le Corbusier’s “Cabanon” Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in Southern France. Each of these works was built under significant budgetary constraints which are seldom considered in academic design studios.
Unlike other design build projects which are handed over to a private
client upon completion, the client of the Sustainable Cabin is a not-for-profit
foundation on the High Plains. By mutual agreement and support, the university
and the foundation funded both the Cabin and the site so that future students
can visit and study the Sustainable Cabin. The Cabin will serve as a
Collaborative Living Research Laboratory for generations of student to come,
allowing for the testing of successes and shortcomings in the project, with the
possibility of upgrading its components as technology develops.
Faculty from the following colleges and Departments were involved:
College of Architecture:
Urs Peter Flueckiger, Prof., Architecture
Michael Martin, RA, Instructor, Architecture
Benjamin Shacklette, AIA Assoc. Prof., Architecture
College of Visual and Performing Arts:
Department of Art
Carol Flueckiger, Assoc. Professor
William Cannings, Assoc. Professor
College of Engineering: Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Derrick Tate, Assistant Professor
Texas Tech Staff Members
The following individuals and companies sponsored this project:
The Sustainable Cabin is generously supported by a Texas Tech University Research Enrichment Fund Grant; Fred Koch, Stacy Henry and John Black, The Pease River Foundation, Crowell, TX; F. Marie Hall; John Dea, Dea Doors and Windows; Mike Harendt, MBCI Metal Buildings, Houston TX; Rex Neitsch, EcoBlue; and Larry Harvey AIA, Chapman Harvey Architects; Lumber Liquidator, Amarillo, TX; Morsø USA, Craig Shankster, Portland, TN; BioLet Toilet Systems, Fresno, OH. Lowes, Home Improvement Center, Lubbock, TX.