The Eco-Friendly Mobile HYGIENE Facility For Houseless Villages
WashPod is built upon Shine’s ShowerPod technology and incorporates laundry machines in addition to shower facilities.
WashPod is built from the ground up to be sustainable and functional. WashPod uses affordable, high quality building materials.
Inside, the pod is divided into two rooms, one with a full sized shower, bench, and changing area and another with state-of-the-art laundry facilities and a sink.
WashPod can be used by two community members simultaneously, and prioritizes privacy, while at the same time maximizing efficiency.
Students from Catlin Gabel's Community Engineering Team, part of FRC Team 1540, worked to research, design, and build the first WashPod prototype in collaboration with members of Portland's houseless community.
Throughout the design process, the team interfaced with leaders at Right 2 Dream Too, one of Portland's largest houseless villages, to understand and meet the needs of previously homeless residents.
WashPod is designed to maximize energy efficiency and minimize carbon footprint. WashPod uses an innovative hybrid power generation system to filter, heat, pressurize, and treat water and power a high-efficiency washer, dryer, and shower.
WashPod's hybrid power generation system uses solar power supported by an efficient, quiet propane generator, propane dryer and hot water heater.