2018 – First
The Lunar Colony
California Polytechnic State University
The Lunar Colony will house 56 people, who will keep the colony functioning. The building is divided into three sectors: the workstations located on the first floor and the structural elements and duct systems on the second floor, the living quarters on the third and fourth floors, and the recreational space on the fifth floor.
Sustainability is essential to living on the Moon, therefore there are many workstations within the colony to support it. There is a water recycling center that can recycle 90% of the water used daily, to minimize the transportation of water from the earth. There are also farms that provide food and oxygen for the residents. This includes a poplar tree farm that produces ¼ of the oxygen needed for the inhabitants. The poplar trees, which have a lifespan of 15 years, can later be used as lumber.
The dome functions as an energy source. Its exterior is covered with PV (photo-voltaic) panels that collect solar energy which can directly power the settlement.