LacPod - University of Minnesota

$1,625 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 34 months
LP
Lac Pod
on behalf of Dawn Bardot
 MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Lactating women on campus are in need of convenient, comfortable, secure, and readily available lactation spaces.  However, at the University of Minnesota, there are a total of 19 lactation rooms total and only 2 on the Saint Paul campus.

We are a group of Mechanical Engineering students at the University of Minnesota, and this is our senior design project, initiated by the Student Parent HELP Center and the Lactation Advocacy Committee. The goal of the Lactation Pod (or "LacPod") project is to produce the first full-size, mobile lactation pod that will be implemented at the University of Minnesota to accommodate our pumping students, faculty members, and guests by May 2016.  We want to demonstrate its usefulness to gain momentum toward the future production of more pods to help Mommies everywhere!

Join the movement - visit us at LacPod.com!
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Have you ever been to the Weisman Art Museum on the University of Minnesota's campus? The bold modern metal design stands out and makes a statement, just as our LacPod will hopefully have a visual impact in Coffman.

Working with designers from the Weisman Art Museum and Coffman Union, the LacPod team has finalized the exterior and interior design for the LacPod! The exterior of the pod will mirror Frank Gehry's exterior design of Weisman Art Museum.

The interior of the LacPod will have a wall that displays paintings from the Weisman's collection. We are very excited to see the beautiful design and hope that it will bring joy to those who see it.
WAM exterior
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The LacPod team would like to thank you for your generous support toward our mission! We invite you to continue supporting this great cause by spreading the word to other potential donors. We have made great headway toward our goal & are excited to keep the momentum at full swing!

If you haven't already, please consider spreading the word by sharing the message below!

"Help support this great cause! Lactating women need comfortable, secure, and readily available lactation spaces. A group of student engineers is teaming up to create a mobile oasis for pumping mothers at the University of Minnesota. They are currently undergoing the design process to produce a fully-functional prototype for the university by May 2016. Join the mommy movement now - click the link to support our mission! gofundme.com/lacpod

Stay updated on the progress! Visit the website at lacpod.com."
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Meet Tianqi - he's been making sure that the LacPod is accessible for people who are in wheelchairs. We will need a door opening of 32" and hooks and shelves that are reachable for wheelchair users, as well as a ramp. He's been looking at the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and researching how to satisfy the requirements to make sure anyone can use the LacPod. Great job Tianqi!
Team Member Update-Tianqi on the website
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Team Member Highlight: Meet Courtney & Alex - these two helped make the first steps toward the certification of our product. Courtney facilitated a meeting with two members of Building Codes Management here at the university, and Alex worked to obtain all codes & regulations that need to be met. Certification is essential to ensure long-term success of our lactation pod. Way to go guys!
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Lynell Williams
33 months ago
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I pledged over at the Kickstarter campaign for this project, and only just learned about the move over here to GoFundMe. I wish I had received a note about the switch. I am happy to support this FANTASTIC project, whichever funding platform you're using!

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$1,625 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 34 months
Created February 2, 2016
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Lac Pod
on behalf of Dawn Bardot
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ZM
$45
Zhixing Ma
26 months ago

Brilliant!

MS
$50
Melanie Soland
33 months ago
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Thanks for all of your hard work! Your project is so impactful!

KG
$10
Katie Gjesdahl
33 months ago
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Working on this project has shown me how much a LacPod is needed, and I'm excited to complete our fundraising and begin the next stage of our process!

DG
$45
David and Sandy Gjesdahl
33 months ago
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Great work!

$10
Courtney Rau
33 months ago
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So excited to see our project funded :)

$30
Susan Warfield
33 months ago
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Very exciting!!!

$25
Janelle Nivens
33 months ago
2
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Because I've heard too many stories of women being put in uncomfortable situations on a campus I love.

MS
$25
Monica Schneider
33 months ago
2
2

Cool idea.

Lynell Williams
33 months ago
4
4

I pledged over at the Kickstarter campaign for this project, and only just learned about the move over here to GoFundMe. I wish I had received a note about the switch. I am happy to support this FANTASTIC project, whichever funding platform you're using!

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