J3 and MSOE Pair up to Complete the Deck Project at Blue Lotus

J3 and MSOE Pair up to Complete the Deck Project at Blue Lotus

Over the past year, J3 Engineering Group has paired up with MSOE students to help repair and expand a fifty foot deck at Blue Lotus Farm and Retreat Center. Blue Lotus is a day camp that provides programs for children, adults, and seniors who may be facing life challenges or have physical disabilities. They are continually working on projects to improve the atmosphere for guests to enjoy.

Last year, repairs to the fifty foot section of the deck were made due to freezing and thawing over the years. This year, the final phase of the boardwalk project was implemented to expand and curve the deck further around the Blue Lotus Lagoon. Engineering and designs were provided by the MSOE servant leadership team with the guidance of J3 Engineering Group.

The new section contains 1000 linear feet of recycled decking and is wheelchair accessible with safety bumpers. Benches will also be added for a peaceful view of the lagoon. Thanks to the help of many volunteers, the only cost to the entire project was for materials, some of which were donated. The boardwalk project provided the opportunity for J3 Engineering Group to help the community and educate students on real world experience through their studies.

Above photo: MSOE students work on installing the new addition to the deck at Blue Lotus.

 

Further Reading:

http://www.bluelotusfarm.org/capitalprojects.html

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Maintaining Natural Beauty at Blue Lotus

Maintaining Natural Beauty at Blue Lotus

The weather could not have been any better this past Saturday, where J3 Engineering Group and MSOE students helped with the annual spring clean up day at Blue Lotus Farm and Retreat Center. Blue Lotus is a nature-based non-profit organization serving people of all ages with special needs or who may be facing life challenges. Volunteers assisted with raking, gardening, setting up outdoor furniture, and other various tasks in preparation for the upcoming summer season.

Last year, J3 monitored a new deck project, which MSOE students engineered. The owners of Blue Lotus greatly appreciated the assistance of J3 Engineering Group and MSOE in helping maintain the grounds, so everyone can enjoy its natural beauty.

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Blue Lotus Deck Project in Action

Blue Lotus Deck Project in Action

This past Sunday, October 12th, volunteers of MSOE and J3 Engineering Group worked on the deck project at Blue Lotus Farm in West Bend, WI. James Gerloff of J3 monitored the project, while Derek and Cathie cut boards to go under the deck for support. MSOE students were not afraid to get a little dirty and climbed under the deck to measure, and put up supports.  In addition, some fall clean up around the property was done as well.  To learn more about Blue Lotus Farm and their mission visit www.bluelotusfarm.org.

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Blue Lotus Volunteer Day

Blue Lotus Volunteer Day

J3 Engineering Group and MSOE will be pairing up to clean up and repair the current deck for the Blue Lotus Farm deck project in West Bend, WI, on Sunday, October 12. Final measurements and plans were reviewed last week to ensure everything will run smoothly. This will be a great learning and community outreach opportunity for MSOE students with the guidance of J3 Engineering Group.

Above Image: Volunteers from this past spring

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Blue Lotus Farm Spring Clean Up Day

Blue Lotus Farm Spring Clean Up Day

On Saturday, May 3rd, MSOE students and J3 Engineering Group participated in spring clean up day to prepare Blue Lotus Farm for upcoming guests. It included raking, planting flowers, cleaning up the pool area, putting up swings, and other assigned tasks. (more…)

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