Fall 2013

Designing a Digital Atlas: Database Development for Saint Paul

Geography 421 at the University of St. Thomas – Applied GIS

A data organization and cartography project that will develop existing information assets into a more accessible, streamlined, and user-friendly structure. GIS students will create a comprehensive and intuitive “digital atlas” of city maps that will provide greater detail on public facilities, services, and city information.

  • Colleen Paavola – Technician/CAD Manager, Public Works, City of St. Paul
  • Corrine Karsten – Technician, Public Works, City of St. Paul
  • Catherine Hansen – GIS Lab Manager & Geography Faculty, University of St. Thomas

Emerald Ash Borer Readiness for Residential Saint Paul

Biology 335 at the University of St. Thomas – Conservation Biology

A research and assessment project aimed at minimizing disruption to the city’s residential tree canopy from Emerald Ash Borer. Students will complete research on responses to Emerald Ash Borer from the private property perspective and assess St. Paul’s current education and outreach strategies.

  • Rachel Coyle – Forestry Unit, Parks & Recreation, City of St. Paul
  • Cy Kosel – Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation, City of St. Paul
  • Simon Emms – Associate Professor of Biology, University of St. Thomas

LED Planning for Public Lighting in Saint Paul

Engineering 350 at the University of St. Thomas – Intro to Electronics

An electrical and mechanical engineering project that will assist St. Paul in transitioning to LED for public lighting. Engineering students will determine whether existing lanterns can be retrofit to accommodate LED fixtures, research products, and assess the power consumed by LED lights.

  • Sonja Piper – Traffic Engineer, Public Works, City of St. Paul
  • John McNamara – Signals & Lighting, Public Works, City of St. Paul
  • Kundan Nepal – Assistant Professor of Engineering, University of St. Thomas
  • Steve Albers – Engineering Faculty, University of St. Thomas

Traffic Signal Data Infrastructure Study

Geography 421 at the University of St. Thomas – Applied GIS

An analysis and recommendation project that will propose an organizational structure for collecting, housing, and maintaining information assets related to traffic signals. This is Phase I of a longer-term project that will ultimately develop a unified, comprehensive, and robust system of data organization that will streamline many city operations related to traffic lighting.

  • Sonja Piper – Traffic Engineer, Public Works, City of St. Paul
  • Paul Ackerley – Signal Timing Technician, Public Works, City of St. Paul
  • Catherine Hansen – GIS Lab Manager & Geography Faculty, University of St. Thomas

Putting Water to Work: Reclaiming Rainwater on Dale Street – Phase I

Engineering 383 at the University of St. Thomas – Fluid Mechanics

A fluid mechanics project that will determine whether rooftop rainwater reclamation from Public Works’ buildings on Dale Street is a viable source of wash water for equipment and vehicles, pre-spray for street sweeping, and other operational uses. Engineering students will develop a plan for reclaiming, storing, transporting, and utilizing collected rainwater.

  • Ron Mundahl – Equipment Services Manager, Public Works, City of St. Paul
  • Thomas Shepard – Clinical Professor of Engineering, University of St. Thomas

Spring 2014

Syncing Streets & Skyways: A Pedestrian Transit Assessment

Metro-Urban Studies/Environmental Studies 492 at Augsburg College – Keystone Project

A survey and analysis project that will assist city planners in an assessment of pedestrian transportation needs in St. Paul’s downtown skyways. Students will perform on-site data collection, analysis, and comparative research with special attention paid to the future relationship between the skyways and Central Corridor light rail. City planners will utilize students’ findings and recommendations to better understand patterns of skyway use, the barriers to drawing skyway traffic to street level, and to implement strategies for greater integration of St. Paul’s street and skyway pedestrian traffic.

  • Michelle Beaulieu – City Planner, Planning & Economic Planning, City of St. Paul
  • Reuben Collins – Sustainable Transportation Engineer/Planner, Public Works, City of St. Paul
  • Nancy Fischer – Associate Professor of Sociology, Augsburg College

Writing the Story of Saint Paul’s Iconic American Elms

Environmental Studies 401 at the University of St. Thomas – Field Seminar

An oral history  project that seeks to link St. Paul’s past, present, and future through the lens of the City’s iconic American Elm trees and their impact on the community. Students will create a detailed narrative constructed from interviews conducted with a diverse selection of community members. This story, enhanced by archival research and future plans for the urban forest, will be transformed into an education and outreach piece. The project aspires to promote the value of large trees and encourage their care and preservation in the City, particularly in light of new threats to the urban forest such as the Emerald Ash borer.

  • Karl Mueller  – Arborist, Parks & Recreation, City of St. Paul
  • Barb Spears  – Saint Paul Tree Advisory Panel member, Ward 4
  • Chris Soutter – Saint Paul Tree Advisory Panel member, Ward 2
  • Maria Dahmus, Director of Academic Sustainability Initiatives, University of St. Thomas

Resource Protection in Parklands – Phase II

English 3370 at Hamline University – Topics in Professional Writing

An intercultural communications project that will improve the delivery of park rules and regulations to St. Paul’s new immigrant groups. Students will create culturally-appropriate signage and other materials (such as pamphlets) that could be used as communication tools in the parks.

  • Cy Kosel – Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation, City of St. Paul
  • Alice Moorhead – Associate Professor of English, Hamline University

Putting Water to Work: Reclaiming Rainwater on Dale Street – Phase II

Engineering 383 at the University of St. Thomas – Fluid Mechanics

A engineering project that will determine whether rooftop rainwater reclamation from Public Works’ buildings on Dale Street is a viable source of wash water for equipment and vehicles, pre-spray for street sweeping, and other operational uses. Engineering students will develop a plan for reclaiming, storing, transporting, and utilizing collected rainwater.

  • Ron Mundahl – Equipment Services Manager, Public Works, City of St. Paul
  • Thomas Shepard – Clinical Professor of Engineering, University of St. Thomas