City of Big Lake (2017 - Present)

ENGR 171

Completed Projects


Engineering Graphics and Design (ENGR 171), AnnMarie Thomas
Fall 2018

The City of Big Lake is interested in designing a bandshell for Lakeside Park. Concerts are held at the park every week during the summer and the performances currently take place on a temporary stage. Many lake-oriented parks throughout the region feature a lakeside bandshell as a signature architectural piece and this is something Big Lake is interested in exploring. Students in ENGR 171 created design ideas for an outdoor performance space for Big Lake's Lakeside Park.

 

Marketing Research (MKTG 340)David Harman
Spring 2018

Many residents of the City of Big Lake commute to the Twin Cities suburbs, Minneapolis, or Saint Paul for work each day. The City would like to take a more active role in facilitating the creation of ridesharing options to help residents save money, reduce wear and tear on roads, and reduce air pollution. Students will create, administer, and analyze surveys to examine the barriers and opportunities for ridesharing among commuters as well as the market for Metro Transit vanpool(s) in Big Lake.

Service Operations Management (OPMT 360), Sheneeta White
Fall 2017 

Many cities have converted from a paper filing and storage system to an all electronic system. This is not only an environmentally friendlier option but it also can save a city money on printing costs and can save file storage space.  Furthermore, electronic files are much easier to navigate and can lead to productivity increases for staff members if there is not a frequent need to dig through paper files. The City of Big Lake currently uses an all-paper system for files but is interested in converting to an all electronic file storage system. Students will examine the process of converting to an electronic file storage system and create a flow chart identifying and explaining the components necessary for an efficient system conversion process. In addition, they will examine the costs and benefits of converting to an electronic file storage system, including payback times for going paperless, and students will examine case studies of other cities that have made the switch.  Students will integrate these findings to create a set of recommended steps for the City of Big Lake to convert to an all-electronic file storage system.

Engineering Graphics and Design (ENGR 171), AnnMarie Thomas
Fall 2017

The City of Big Lake has several parks with aging playground equipment that needs to be repaired or refreshed as well as new parks that are being developed.  The City is interested in exploring alternative designs for these parks by asking the question --  is there a way to create a better park experience?  Students will create design ideas for a natural playground for the City of Big Lake’s River Oaks Park in collaboration with preschoolers at the University of St. Thomas Child Development Center.

Marketing Management (MBA), Avinash Malshe
Fall 2017

MBA Marketing Management students will conduct marketing research with the City of Big Lake.

The City of Big Lake developed plans for a transit-oriented development at the Northstar Commuter Rail Line stop in Big Lake, with the goal of supporting an office park, businesses, and apartment buildings. However, it is not growing as they hoped it would. Currently, there are apartment buildings but no businesses.  They are interested in a market study of this area and recommendations about how to attract development to this area, particularly considering the limited number of trains serving this stop on weekdays and the lack of service on weekends.  The City would like to examine whether the original vision for this area is feasible in terms of market demand, and if not, what the market could support in this area. 

The City of Big Lake also developed the Big Lake Marketplace in 2004, envisioned as a commercial and industrial area.  However, the area is not as attractive to developers as they had hoped.  Students will analyze this situation and create a marketing plan for the Big Lake Marketplace.

Psychology of Sustainability (PSYC 298), Britain Scott
Spring 2017

The City of Big Lake has several parks with aging playground equipment that needs to be repaired or refreshed.  However, rather than simply repairing or replacing the deteriorating playground equipment, the City is interested in exploring alternative designs for these parks by asking the question --  is there a way to create a better park experience for all ages?   Students in Psychology of Sustainability will draw on psychological research and theory about how people interact with and respond to natural spaces as well as the psychology of play, child development, and sense of place to create recommendations for experiential park design.  They will consider these recommendations within the City’s broader goal of creating infrastructure and opportunities for active living and outdoor experiences within the city.  Finally, students will provide recommendations to encourage/motivate residents to use the new spaces.