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Going mobile in tricked-out trailer


It’s a rolling lab. It’s a wheeled conference room. And it’s so shiny you almost need to shade your eyes. It’s our new MoCoLab — and it’s ready to take meetings, classes, and conferences across Kansas.

MoCoLab, short for Mobile Collaboratory for Civic Engagement, is a tricked- out Airstream trailer that was refurbished from the wheels up by a team of 22 architecture and engineering students.

Nils Gore, associate professor of architecture and the driving force behind the yearlong project, first found a used Airstream on Craigslist. He and his collaborators polished the outside. They gutted the inside down to the aluminum skin and framing. They outfitted it with air-conditioning and heating. They installed state-of-the-art electronics for a PA system, computers, and a large-screen TV.

The accessories list: Hatchback. Wheelchair-accessible ramp. Wood paneling. Storage cabinets. Modular carts that can be workstations or a conference table.

The one-of-a-kind mobile workhorse is now ready for faculty and staff to reach out beyond Mount Oread. Biologists can use it for fieldwork. Child psychologists can go out to meet with those needing help in inner-city neighborhoods. Admissions officials can use it to recruit students.

The MoCoLab is where Rock Chalk meets the road.

Learn more at kumocolab.org

Project funded by $29,000 in KU grants


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