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Tiffany ToothmanBy Tiffany Toothman
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Tiffany ToothmanBy Tiffany Toothman
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$29,025
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, September 11 2015 4:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Inspired by Hawaii's natural beauty, Elevate founders, Tiffany and Nathan, set out to create one of the most innovative structures that help care for nature, while functioning in many practical ways such as a micro-home, office, a cafe/bar or a retail store. The structure's design allows usage in limitless ways that can help transform a community in making an impact in the environment. 

Side View of Commercial Application in a Parking Lot
Side View of Commercial Application in a Parking Lot
Top View of Commercial Application in a Parking Lot
Top View of Commercial Application in a Parking Lot

DESIGN'S KEY FEATURES

The structure's 40 square foot pedestal foundation, which is the design's most unique feature from your alternative structure, carries minimal environmental impact. Its water retention system helps save and conserve water, while reducing water runoff. Solar panels are incorporated to promote renewable energy, and living walls are used in the design to help mitigate CO2, and provide cleaner air.

Elevate Structure Overview
Elevate Structure Overview

THE DESIGN

The architecture is a direct interpretation of a tree. Designed to blend with nature's surroundings, living walls are incorporated in the exterior. The structure's base is modeled after a trunk. 

THE CONCEPT

Elevate was created with the vision of bringing a practical space that addresses global environmental concerns. In an urban environment, it's a beautiful homage to nature. And when nestled amongst mountains or installed on the beach, it blends seamlessly with its organic setting.

@BrooklynHawaii in her Elevate Unit. Her Creative Hub.
@BrooklynHawaii in her Elevate Unit. Her Creative Hub.

A MEANINGFUL IMPACT

"This world is but a canvas to our imagination." - Henry David Thoreau

The Elevate unit was originally conceived as an off-grid solution for the remote areas of Oahu's North Shore, but in the process of developing the unit, it became apparent that it can be adopted for different types of commercial and residential applications. It can be used as a micro-home, a cafe with rooftop seating, or a studio. Every unit is customizable and the design team can create specifications that bring value to the community.

Helping Preserve Nature for Our Kids and Future Generations
Helping Preserve Nature for Our Kids and Future Generations

SMALL PEDESTAL FOUNDATION DESIGN

Access is via stairs/ramps on the sides, through the foundation base, or an elevator lift inside the base. (Ramp on the side or elevator lift for ADA compliance) Innovative foundation design provides maximum support to its main structure varying from 250-400 sqft. (Founders are both civil engineers specializing in foundations). The design's 40 sqft pedestal footprint, elevated at 8-12ft., allows optimal space utilization.

Access: Stairs/Elevator in "Trunk" or Stairs on Side of Structure
Access: Stairs/Elevator in "Trunk" or Stairs on Side of Structure
40 Square Foot Pedestal Foundation Elevated at 8 Feet. Reusable Materials Were Used to Create "Trunk" Look.
40 Square Foot Pedestal Foundation Elevated at 8 Feet. Reusable Materials Were Used to Create "Trunk" Look.

 The structures can be combined to either connect next to each other or separated and connected by a walkway. So, individuals and businesses aren't confined to the maximum size Elevate offers, which is 400 sqft. 

Shaded Parking Spot
Shaded Parking Spot
Optimal Space Utilization
Optimal Space Utilization

COMMERCIAL APPLICATION ADVANTAGES

  • Provides parking underneath main structure
  • Allows a more space efficient drive-thru
  • Minimal stalls removed for a business to put up new space on a parking lot. 
  • Rooftop can be used as a deck or seating area if used as a cafe/bar, etc. That's an additional 250-400 square foot to utilize. 
  • Provide shade for consumers
  • The shade provided reduces heating from parking lots that create urban heat islands. 
  • Provide protection from the rain/snow/weather elements 
Drive-Thru/Walk-Thru Application
Drive-Thru/Walk-Thru Application
Perfect Place to Play Peek A Boo
Perfect Place to Play Peek A Boo
 
MINIMAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

  • The design's small foundation footprint carries minimal environmental impact. 
  • Structures are prefabbed offsite and installed on site within weeks not months.
  • The use of micropiles and spot footer foundations require less site work, quicker installation, and less material so that there is less site disruption overall. 
  • The structures are permanent, but they can be unbolted and easily transported. 
  • The structures can be reused/sold if they are no longer needed instead of demolishing. 
Micropiles and Spot Footer Foundations
Micropiles and Spot Footer Foundations

ELEVATED DESIGN PROVIDES GREATER SAFETY

  • Refuge/safety relief from flood waters & tsunamis
  • Deters burglars
  • Security from predator threats

WATER COLLECTION & STORAGE

Rainwater is harvested and stored in the structure, where volume is highly dependent on the region. Water is primarily stored in tanks in the pedestal foundation. Depending on the amount of water/storage needed, it can fill up the entire hollow foundation (1500 gal), or partly store water if foundation is utilized as an access area/drive-thru. 

Water is also stored in tanks between the floor joists. The cantilevered design creates easy accessibility to the storage tanks. 

STORM WATER RUNOFF REDUCTION

In parking lots, it's a huge water pollution problem because of their extensive impervious surfaces. The structure's water retention system reduces storm water runoff to ocean/streams. 

WATER SAVINGS & CONSERVATION

Stored water can be used for irrigation, or other practical use, reducing water usage. Dehumidifiers can be incorporated to produce drinking water.

SOLAR POWER GENERATION TO PROMOTE RENEWABLE ENERGY

Solar panels are incorporated on both the roof and between the living walls. Depending on application and people's needs, structures can be off the grid.  

Solar Panels and Living Walls
Solar Panels and Living Walls

 LIVING WALLS TO HELP MITIGATE CO2 EMISSION


The living walls  provide urban vegetation and give the structure the suburban tree appearance. They help mitigate CO2 emission and provide cleaner air. 

Living Walls Irrigation System: you can choose which plants and maintenance program works best for you.

Edibles? Yes, you can choose edibles, and structure can be designed accordingly where you can have a small wrap around balcony, or windows that swing open to be able to harvest plants.


Living Walls Irrigation System
Living Walls Irrigation System

HOW CAN ELEVATE HAVE AN IMPACT ON YOUR COMMUNITY? 

For Business Owners
  • More available commercial space options
  • More visibility from the elevated aspect of the design
  • Double the square footage without paying for that extra space for the rooftop area
For Consumers
  • Convenience from drive-thru
  • Unique experience from the aesthetically pleasing design and rooftop dining area
  • Shaded area for parking or leisure
  • Protection from weather elements
For Micro-Home Owners
  • Sustainability and living with a purpose
Elevate Micro-Home Floor Plan
Elevate Micro-Home Floor Plan

There are limitless possibilities...

What Can You Create With This Space?
What Can You Create With This Space?

What Will We Do With the Funds We Get From Kickstarter?

We've built our prototype which showcases the application as an office/micro-home. Our plan is to use the funds received in this campaign towards leasing space in a commercial parking lot/public lot and put up an Elevate structure to showcase the commercial application. 

We really want the public to be able to experience an Elevate structure. Businesses can use the structure as a pop-up for their events, while consumers are able to have interaction with the space and really visually see how the design provides an aesthetic value to its surroundings.

THANK YOU!!

Our gratitude goes out to the Kickstarter community. You're a vital component in this dialog. Together we can be partners in creating environmental awareness and nurturing our relationship with nature. 


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REWARDS

$25 Elevate T-Shirt
$25 Elevate T-Shirt
 
$35 Plantable Notebook and Plantable Bookmark
$35 Plantable Notebook and Plantable Bookmark
$50 Elevate Hat
$50 Elevate Hat
Elevate Tote Bag That Comes With Your $100 Reward Package
Elevate Tote Bag That Comes With Your $100 Reward Package
$150 Vertical Garden Kit
$150 Vertical Garden Kit
 
Image Options for Elevate Canvas Print. More Options to Come.
Image Options for Elevate Canvas Print. More Options to Come.
 

Risks and challenges

Zoning regulations might limit some applications and convincing authorities to revisit these will be difficult. Local design regulations for some regions limit designs to a narrow range. There are basic geographic limitations for some features (i.e. solar power in northern regions). And the living wall industry is still developing with some resistance to it.

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    THE VIP

    Bring a few friends and take an exclusive tour of the Elevate test unit in Hawaii with our co-founders, Nate and Tiff. You get to see what it's all about, up close and personal.
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    Bring a friend and take a surfing lesson with Co-Founder, Nate, and get your very own customized Elevate surfboard. Dinner's on us, too.

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    THE BIG KAHUNA

    Buckle your seat belts because we're taking this one to another level. Design your very OWN Elevate unit floor plan that we will name after you. Everything will be customized to your liking within practical means, from the size of the unit, even to the type of plants embedded in the living walls. You are only limited by your imagination.
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