Glumac’s Kameron Beeks, PE, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, and Sarah Deunay worked with seventh graders in downtown Los Angeles to demonstrate natural water filtering systems that contribute to sustainable building design. The lab experiment, developed by Deunay, was part of a partnership with the Architecture Mentorship Program at Para Los Ninos Charter school – an initiative designed to give students hands-on experience with various aspects of building design and construction.
“The lab activity was to create a homemade water filter using various compositions like sand, gravel, cotton, and so on,” Beeks said. “And we created dirty water using things like coffee, hot chocolate powder, toothpaste – things you’d find around the house.”
Natural filtration systems are a significant design strategy in sustainable mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design. To see a real-life implementation of what the Para Los Ninos students, click here to read how our engineers helped integrate a natural filtration system at Hassalo on Eighth in Portland, Oregon.
The initiative is part of Glumac’s ongoing effort to create youthful interest in the STEM fields.
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